Where Do We Go From Here?

The end of #ZeroWasteWeek is a good time to reflect on what we’ve learnt and what we can do differently going forward. There are some easy swaps and others that are more challenging. Being aware of the impact our buying habits and lifestyles have, should really motivate us. The bottom line is, we can’t ignore what’s happening. We all need to make changes. Don’t underestimate the impact of what you can do as an individual. Many of the changes need to become cultural and it’s only by lots of people doing things differently that cultural change happens.

I started off the week by saying it’s hard to motivate ourselves without understanding the severity of the situation we are in. This isn’t just about saving the Polar Bears or Whales. We are the last generation that can take action to stabilize our climate and avoid catastrophic climate change. When global organistions such as the UN, the World Health Organisation, NASA as well as around 98% of scientists are all united in their views that urgent drastic action is needed, we all to respond and make it a priority in our lives.

During #ZeroWasteWeek, we’ve talked about different areas in which change can make a difference. Reducing our food waste is a key area as this directly impacts climate change. We’ve seen the impact that textile waste has on the environment and how the fashion industry is the world’s 2nd largest polluter. Plastic waste isn’t just about an unsightly mess. Plastic waste is killing wildlife, essential to the balance of nature. Microplastics have now entered our food chain and the burning of plastic waste releases harmful toxic gases. Reducing our consumption is key. Our planet does not have an infinite amount of resources, so it makes no sense to live as if it does.

As well as signing up to weekly updates from #ZeroWasteWeek. There are loads more resources out there to help us all on our journey to reducing our carbon footprint. Some of my favourite ones are :-

Olio, a food sharing app to help reduce foodwaste. Freecycle & Freegle for passing on stuff to others when you no longer need it.

There are lots of organisations & charities too that are working hard to highlight the issues and encourage governments to take action as a priority. This is not an exhaustive list and you may find a local group that is working hard in your area to join in with.

Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Parents for Future, Fridays for Future, Christian Climate Action, Extinction Rebellion, Tearfund, Christian Aid, Oxfam

Establishing different habits, is a lifelong journey. Talking about the issues with others is important too as we all need to come together on this. Campaigning for change can really help as it highlights the issue & asks that our leaders take action. This campaigning is not political and is taking place all over the world. September 20th is the next major event and has been declared as a global climate strike day.

Our house is on fire – let’s act like it!

Greta Thuberg

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