Doing Small Changes Won’t Save The Planet – But It’s a Start

In the world of environmentalism and sustainability, I come across slightly contradictive articles all the time. Most of the articles, blog posts, podcasts etc. are about how we can make changes to be more sustainable, how little or big things we can do, some even guilting us into changing our behaviour. The slightly contradictive articles are a minority but they appear regularly and they question the little changes that we are making and criticise how those won’t save the Earth. I am sure you’ve all read those articles. One of the latest ones that I read was in the Guardian where Monbiot wrote that “We Won’t Save The Earth With a Better Kind Disposable Cup”. So who is right? Is it the articles who encourage people to consider the changes they are making or is it articles who question the better you are doing and rather pushes us to challenge the power or wants all of us to change how we live?

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In my opinion, both are correct. That is true if the only thing we are doing is changing to a better disposable cup, or just change worse material to a slightly better one it will not save the planet. However, not changing the bad materials at all is also not an option nor is stopping consumption altogether.

Changing the consumer behaviour doesn’t happen in an instant, it takes years if not decades and when the popular media continues to promote a certain lifestyle it gets more difficult to change that. Government legislations against harmful products to us and the environment would help, however, they do not move swiftly either and only seem to make legislations when there is a public outcry on a topic such as microplastics. However, the government seems to only put on a patch on the problem, rather than fix the underlying issue to quiet the population and to change this the population needs to be educated on the underlying issue. This all definitely needs to be done, but it sounds like a lot of work which will take a lot of time, doesn’t it?

Doing Small Changes Won't Save The Planet - But It's a Start

While we wait for it to happen if we do not make changes and innovate better materials we have not made the world any better, but have probably created a lot more waste. When I think about a disposable cup that is made out of plastic and ends up polluting our oceans I would much rather use a disposable cup that biodegrades, even if slowly, however as at the moment there are many innovations coming up to make our current system better and more environmentally friendly, we have the possibility to look into what would be the best option.

One great example of a better product is the Nespresso compatible coffee capsules by Percol. I’ve always felt any Nespresso machine represents the opposite of environmentalism because of the capsules it uses that are fairly wasteful, however, the Percol coffee capsules are compostable and the coffee is Soil Association organic. Also, although I think we should all carry a reusable cup with us, it is not always feasible and therefore The petition to change the disposable cups into better disposable cups is definitely worth signing for those moments that somebody just has to take the disposable cup, but I wish there was another petition to the government to set up waste systems to easier dispose of those biodegradable or compostable disposable cups and another that would start proper education systems to schools and to adults about the change that we need to make to save the Earth.

Doing Small Changes Won't Save The Planet - But It's a Start

Educating people rather than guilting them will help them make decisions on their own and will provide a more worthwhile movement with real change. Guilting people into changing their behaviour doesn’t help, and studies have shown that they can even harm the movement. Writing about consumers doing wrong when they want a better alternative only makes them confused if they are not already familiar with the topic and might make them give up on even trying to be more ethical or requesting change from brands or the government.

By doing small changes and noticing that it works can move people into making bigger changes and to changing attitudes. Let’s not scare them off that path and rather support them with the journey. Make the small changes, such as having a less bad material and promote education on environmental problems and challenging the power and the decision makers. That is how we are going to change the planet.

Doing Small Changes Won't Save The Planet - But It's a Start

What do you think about making small changes or challenging the power?

With love,

Lii

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Save the Bees!

Not so long ago, I was inspired by the Sentimental Cynic blog when she wrote about saving bees. I’ve heard this many times, but before looking into it I didn’t fully understand the full meaning and consequences of losing bees from the planet.

If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth then man would only have 4 years left to live. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man! -Albert Einstein

In today’s world, it might not be 4 years, but re precautions are major!

Why are bees important:

  • They pollinate about a third of everything we eat, and as we are already over-consuming food from the face of the earth, we do not want to cut out a third of it!
  • They pollinate also crops for the cows and they pollinate cotton.
  • They pollinate the seeds of flowers and berries that little birds and mammals eat. This would result in a disruption in the ecosystem. Everything in nature is connected.
  • In other words, bees need flowers to feed themselves and flowers need bees to reproduce. If bees do not get their food, they will die and everything else would follow. In the UK only, 25 out of 50 species have got extinct in only 50 years.

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What is killing bees:

There is no one answer to this, but rather many theories.

  • Bees need space for habitat and forage, however, over 97% of the UK’s wildflower meadows have
  • Bees need space for habitat and forage, however, over 97% of the UK’s wildflower meadows have dissapeared since 1945.There
  • There are parasitic mites and virus.Poor nutrition is
  • Poor nutrition, as there not enough flowers that bees like to consume.
  • Commercial pesticides, which harm the bees.

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What can we do?

  • One thing you can do is to support local honey makers and beekeepers.
  • To not kill bees or use commercial pesticides. There are pesticides you can make yourself, which are less harmful for bees.
  • To plant wildflowers or other flowers that bees like. There are flowers which bees do not like.

Just Bee is a small company, which work to promote beekeeping.They also make Just Bee Honey Water which supports local honey makers. One of their initiatives is to offer people FREE wildflower seeds that you can plant yourself to help the bees. You sign up in here, after which you receive an email that prompts you to send them an envelope with your name and a stamp and within couple weeks you receive your own packet of wildflower seeds that you can plant. Here I am happily planting my own packet and can’t wait for them to grow!

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I know many people are afraid of bees, but what I’ve found is if you leave them be they will not hurt you. If they are really attracted to you, well then it is because you smell so nice or because of the colour of your clothes. Bees are attracted to nice scents and certain colours. So be flattered!

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If you want to do one good deed for the planet, help the bees and save the ecosystem. We will need it! If you want to read more about this subject here are couple of links that you can follow: Link 1, Link 2, Link 3. Here is also some Pinterest inspiration on bees, how to be bee friendly and how to recognise the bees.

 

How do you feel about bees?

With love,

Lii