I've always had a love for nature and I've always felt the need to help, as a nature photographer, I try to show the beauty in everything I see, but sometimes I come across garbage in the wild and it really bothers me, especially when my five year old knows it doesn't belong on the ground and he picks everything up to throw in the garbage himself. A five year old can do this and it's basic knowledge to him. In Canada, unless you're in the middle of nowhere, there's always a public garbage can and a recycling bin close by, although it doesn't seem to be enough. Is it laziness or ignorance?
Accompanied with the facts below, I've made changes in the way I live, it's easy to start right now. Even little changes can make a huge impact.
1. More than 1 billion people worldwide don’t have access to safe drinking water.
A horrifying fact considering how we live in Canada. I teach my kids simple tips to save water and I tell them why we need to.
2. Children contribute to only 10% of the world’s pollution but are prone to 40% of global disease. - This really got to me, I want to protect my children, not the opposite.
3. If every newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250,000,000 trees each year. - I worked at a hospital where they were delivered dozens of newspaper bundles with not one being recycled. Quite mind boggling since it's a government facility, one would think the government could be wiser.
4. Earth has lost 50% of it's wildlife in 40 years, and predicted that 2/3 of it will be gone by 2020. - Need I say more?
5. It takes about 400 years for plastic to dissolve in the ocean. In 2010, 215m metric tons of plastics was dumped in the ocean. Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour. - Do like I did, stop buying bottled water and just get a reusable one you can fill up at home. A lot of your bottled water comes from the same fresh water sources your tap water comes from. If that's not pure enough, buy a tap filter like a Brita.
6. The amount of wood and paper we throw away each year is enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for 20 years. - Crazy!
7. Around 18-51% of man-made pollution comes from the meat industry, putting factory farming ahead of transportation in contributing to the greenhouse effect. - A reason I don't eat meat.
8. 1.5 acres is the size of rain-forest lost every second to land development and deforestation, with tremendous losses to wildlife habitat and biodiversity.
- One thing I respect about Canada is that we use our resources wisely. Cut one down, plant one.
9. Artificial insemination of dairy cows doesn’t just make them lactate, they also give birth, but the industry has no use for a calf who intends to drink the milk that they intend to use for profit. - The thought of a baby cow being ripped away from it's mother after hours of being born just so we can drink it's mother's milk disturbed me deeply.
10. Average temperatures have climbed 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit (0.8 degree Celsius) around the world since 1880, much of this in recent decades, according to NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. The Arctic is feeling the effects the most. Average temperatures in Alaska, western Canada, and eastern Russia have risen at twice the global average, according to the multinational Arctic Climate Impact Assessment report compiled between 2000 and 2004.
Since starting to recycle a lot more seriously, my family went from 4 bags of garbage a week when it was only three of us, to 2 a week now and there are 4 of us, one in diapers. We grow our own vegetables and we mostly use rain water from the barrel for it. We are mostly a vegan family, we don't use plastic bags or plastic bottles, we have all our bills & correspondence sent to our email instead of our PO Box, we don't water the lawn and we rarely go to a car wash if ever. Just to name a few things we do to reduce our pressure on nature and share the planet.
I re-use and re-purpose everything I can. I painted and re-purposed old pallets into flower planters once, idea found on Pinterest, if you've never checked the site out, you should, it's packed with awesome D.I.Y. projects that's easy as pie!
We only use cruelty free and Eco friendly products, I shop at Well.ca, Walmart.ca, Sephora.ca and Amazon.ca the most often. They always have great deals and amazing cruelty-free and Eco-friendly stuff for all things household and beauty.
If you want to learn even more about conservation tips and facts, I recommend visiting the blogs mentioned as sources, they have loads of information on the subject.
Do you live an Eco-friendly life? Tell me in the comments, and if you enjoyed reading, please share! I appreciate all the comments and I love connecting with like minded people!
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[Sources: davidsuzuki.org, nationalgeographic.com, sciencedaily.com, onegreenplanet.org and wwf.ca]