Earth Day 2017: 7 easy things you can do to help the environment

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Earth Day 2017: 7 easy things you can do to help the environment

There’s no exact birthday for Earth (we know it’s around 4.543 billion years old) but on April 22nd, we can at least commemorate our planet by being kinder to it. Now in its 47th year, Earth Day is an international moment of reflection on our fragile environment, as we collectively ponder on solutions to preserve the health of our planet for future generations.

Across the globe, around one billion people from 196 countries will celebrate the day with demonstrations, festivals, events, outdoor activities and tree planting. If you’re unable to plant a tree, here are some other simple, practical and achievable things you can do to commemorate the day and reduce your environmental impact.

 

1. REDUCE…

Your meat consumption. Agriculture is a significant driver of global warming and agricultural emissions are thought to account for around 30% of global emissions, with livestock responsible for half of these. For the average person, reducing your meat intake to just one burger a week will result in the same environmental benefit of taking your car off the road for 320 miles!

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2. WATCH…

This powerful video of the extraordinary life and times of a strawberry by Save the Food, which aims to raise awareness of food waste at a household level. In this short and sweet video, you see the strawberry get picked at the farm, be transported to the supermarket, get purchased, sadly forgotten about in the fridge, then thrown away (spoiler alert – quite literally). This wouldn’t happen with OLIO around.

3. DO…

Some volunteering. There’s nothing more rewarding than being active in your community and doing something that benefits the environment in the process. Why not care for the coastline and participate in a beach clean-up or fight food waste and social isolation by volunteering to cook in a FoodCycle kitchen?

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4. SIGN…

This Greenpeace petition to cut toxic diesel emissions. Just a few days into 2017, and the UK broke its air pollution limit for the entire year and with 40,000 premature deaths each year caused by air pollution, something significant needs to change.

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5. USE…

Your own. If you’re grabbing a coffee to go, why not invest in an eco-friendly KeepCup and say no to paper cup waste (2.5 billion paper cups are thrown away in the UK every year). It’s not just paper cups. Plastic causes significant environmental problems, and if we don’t clean up our act there’ll be more waste plastic in the sea than fish by 2050. Why not dote on your tote, rely on reusable water bottles and utensils and consciously avoid unnecessary packaging.

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6. BUY…

Local, seasonal, organic, sustainably produced food. The benefits for you and the environment are endless – it cuts down on food miles, storage, processing and packaging. It’s fresher, healthier, and you’re supporting farmers and the local economy when buying from them. If you want to know more, check out eco-chef Tom Hunt’s sustainable food mantra, which we fully subscribe to.

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7. REPEAT…

Everyday. These actions should go beyond Earth Day – every day should be an Earth Day!

 


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