Having studied Geography at Uni I have a genuine interest in our planet. I’ve been doing some reading lately and came across information which I found difficult to read. It’s sent my anxious mind into free fall and I have not been able to stop thinking about it since.
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I have always known beyond doubt that one day I would want to be a mother. Definitely not right now, but in the future I know that it is something that I really want.
However, taking a look at the situation the world is in right now, it is now not a question of want but more of a question of whether I should.
Our planet is dying and by definition we are parasite’s who are killing our host.
So I ended up asking the question of whether this is a world I want to bring children into? Knowing in the future that this situation is potentially going to be much worse unless extreme measure are put in place. I would be bringing a child into this world knowing that they will potentially have to face unimaginable challenges from extreme whether to scarce food sources. As someone who suffers with anxiety this quite frankly scares the shit out of me.
We personally won’t be here long even to see the long term devastating results of our actions but if we don’t act soon the impacts of our actions are going to be irreversible. We have been given just 135 months to make the changes necessary to prevent us from going past the point of no return. I don’t want to sound defeatist, but after seeing so many arguments on social media where people simply do not believe in global warming or care, then I can’t help but feel that unless something drastic happens soon, it will be too late.
The hard hitting facts
- Globally humans buy 1 million plastic bottles every single MINUTE
- Up to 60% of rubbish that ends up in the bin could be recycled
- Only 43.2% of UK households recycle
- Recycling ONE plastic bottle can save enough energy to power a normal bulb for THREE hours
- Plastic kills over one million sea creatures a year
- By 2050, the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish
- 5 out of 6 glass bottles are thrown away
- 80 million cans are sent to landfill EVERY DAY. There are enough cans being thrown away to power 10 million TVs for the entire day
- There is more microplastic in the ocean than there are stars in the milkyway!
- A plastic bottle takes 450 years to biodegrade
- The marine conservation found 718 pieces of litter for every 100m stretch of beach surveyed
- If you lined up all the polystyrene foam cups made in just ONE day, they would circle the earth
- 13 billion plastic carrier bags are used in the UK each year
- There are believed to be 46 000 pieces of plastic in every square mile of ocean
The best scientists in the world are calling crisis so who are we to ignore them. We are literally nearing the point of no return. If the earth dies, then we will die too. We will cease to exist.
What can you do to help the environment?
It doesn’t have to be this way, there is so much we could do! Millions of people all doing one small thing adds up. Below are some simple everyday switches to reduces your plastic consumption and reduce your carbon footprint.
- Ditch the plastic bags
- Say no to single use plastic drink bottles
- Buy soap bars instead of body wash
- Bamboo toothbrush, hairbrush and cotton swabs
- Switch to glass milk bottles
- Walk more or use public transport
- Buy a reusable cloth to remove makeup
- Pick up plastic on walks – or organise a #trashtag challenge
- Reduce your meat consumption
By purchasing reusable items and making these easy switches you will be helping to save the planet. It sounds dramatic, but if everyone did the above imagine the changes we would see! The time to act is now, before it is too late.