When the first Earth Day was declared in 1970, it highlighted widespread deficiencies regarding pollution and the global lack of a regulatory or legal framework to protect the environment.
Hose were the good old days.
Regulations are now plentiful, but the pressures on Earth have multiplied in number and complexity, and the time to act is rapidly shrinking.
Earth Day is celebrated once again today, in an unusually subdued way here in Ireland, but also around the world, where the spark of previous years seems to be missing.
But it’s still an opportunity to reflect on climate change, habitat destruction, species loss, desertification, deforestation, land degradation, plastic pollution, chemical poisoning, and the myriad other man-made diseases that are sucking life from the planet.
It also provides an opportunity to ask: What can I do to help? Here are a few suggestions that will cost you nothing but a thought.
They will be fed up, but the energy crisis triggered by the war in Ukraine will not end soon, and supply shortages and high prices will persist.
Any attempt to turn off devices, shut down electricity, reduce usage time, or leave the car at home helps.
Do it for Ukraine, do it to lower your bills, do it because most of your energy comes from fossil fuels and every lump of coal, every liter of oil and every cubic meter of gas left in the ground contributes to it , conserve habitats, prevent pollution and limit carbon emissions. Just do it.
Pesticides, herbicides and insecticides have their uses, but a dandelion has never killed anyone, a fly swatter is great exercise, and in a healthy world, organic farming would be the norm, not the exception.
Our soils and water sources are full of chemicals that kill pollinators and other species and get into our own bodies. Save the antibiotics for operating rooms.
Slow it down
Fast food, fast fashion and fast fads are leading to mass overconsumption of goods that are rarely needed, depleting natural resources and causing mass pollution, not to mention labor exploitation.
Spending yourself on non-essentials can be fun – just make sure it’s not at the expense of the planet.
Drop the irritation
It’s amazing how a diverse national demographic can turn into a giant teenage strop when asked to make changes. “Asked” is interpreted as being commanded, preached, or blackmailed, and the actual request and rationale for it are lost in the sulking that follows. Take a breath, consider the question – it might make sense.
Be aware of who and where “green” messages are coming from. The corporate giant that tells you you’re doing a great job recycling its packaging is actually telling you that you’ve bought a whole load of packaging waste.
Customer feedback can be strong; This is how you can find a better supplier.
https://www.independent.ie/news/environment/five-actions-you-can-take-on-earth-day-that-cost-only-the-thought-41575942.html Five actions to take on Earth Day that cost just the thought