Earth Day is set aside for us to consider what we can do to save the planet. It’s a day to raise awareness of the earth’s status, which isn’t that healthy at the moment.
Why does the planet need saving?
Well, with our ever growing need for more, the earth’s resources continue to get depleted. According to EcoWatch.com, “Human Consumption of Earth’s Natural Resources Has Tripled in 40 Years.” Among others these resources include Water, Minerals and Forests.
This depletion has a tremendous impact on wildlife populations. As humans fell more and more trees each year, nature and wild places keeps shrinking. About 20,000 wild lions remain in Africa, dropping from around 450,000 a mere sixty years ago.
According to the recent EarthDay.org Facts Sheet “We are amidst the largest period of species extinction in the last 60 million years. Normally, between one and five species will go extinct annually. However, scientists estimate that we are now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the normal rate, with multiple extinctions daily.”
That’s totally mind boggling! It sounds like a runaway train just waiting to derail.
However, there are things we can do to help if we start now, today, to change some of our ways.
The Three R’s to Save the Planet
Before you toss it out, be it a piece of clothing or an electronic device, think. Can this item be reused or repurposed for something else? If not, can it be useful as-is to someone else? In poorer countries ‘junk stores’ thrive. People can’t afford new so old repaired and refurbished items are bought, used and sold many times over.
Take away = Before you toss it, think… What else can be done with this? Who else could use it?
Before you buy that piece of jewelry, that fancy handbag, those flashy boots or other exotic product, ask. What is this item made of? Where did it come from? Who was harmed to produce it? Any item made from wildlife body parts sustains a lucrative, frequently illegal industry. Wild animals are stolen from forests and Savannah and ruthlessly killed for their fur, feathers, horns, skins and other body parts.
Take away = Before you buy it, think… What was harmed by creating this product?
Now that you know let others know. Share this post, and other information like it, to save the planet. Share with your friends via your favorite social media and in person. Ask them to Reuse, Refuse and Request.
Take away = Share and Ask, Share and Ask, and Share and Ask again.
It’s going to take all of us to rethink our ways to stop the destructive runaway train. If we don’t, well, this is the only planet we have.