This year’s Earth Hour on March 23 is no ordinary Earth Hour. Climate change is being felt around the world – ravaging communities, destroying lives and livelihoods. We are running out of time, but we can still fix this.
– Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace’s International Executive Director.
I hope you listened to what Mr. Naidoo said in that video. Perhaps it hasn’t done much to inspire change in you, but consider what is happening today and what will happen if we waste resources unnecessarily. Oil companies are still scouting for drilling sites in the face of rising CO2 levels, record high as of October last year and it is rapidly increasing.
Why? Why do we need to support this when these actions are harming the Earth? No, not the Earth, our Earth because it is that personal. There are better and cheaper alternatives out there. Fact is that initially solar panels and wind turbines will be expensive, for the cost of materials and installations mostly, but in the long run it is worth it because we will be breathing cleaner and healthier air. Deforestation would no longer be an option, animals won’t be running for their lives any longer. Our Earth won’t be raped of her wealth and health to sustain our lives, and when you think about it it’s pretty selfish.
Greenpeace and other such organizations are doing what they can to stop big coal and fossil fuel chugging companies and converting the others that use their by-products (successful converts: Valentino and Mattel) but we as individuals have our own parts to play, Earth Share have a lot of tips for going green.
The following list is featured on this post, some of these points weren’t included in the video, practicing at least one of these will be enough:
- Eliminate paper products (not very easily done)
- Wash laundry with cold water and line dry your clothes (check)
- Buy used or don’t buy at all/Live with what you already have (trying)
- Avoid bottled water (will do)
- Eat vegetarian at least 3 days a week. (I already do this)
- Bike or walk to work (I wish)
- Start a small garden/maintain one (my mother keeps plants on the veranda)
- Use vinegar & baking soda, in replacement of chemicals (I’ll think about it)
- Don’t buy any products wrapped in plastic packaging (will do)
- Take cold showers (always)
- Eat organic (
- If Kumi will…will you? (greenpeace.org)
- Interview: Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace (guardian.co.uk)
- Necessary Extinction (ipsnews.net)
- Kumi Naidoo: Shell’s Arctic Failure Is Obama’s Chance to Act (huffingtonpost.com)