A message to all:
You don’t have to be a member of the Green Party to care about the environment. After Theresa May’s launch of her environmental plan, I thought it would be good to reflect on how important nature and the surroundings are to us human beings.
Why do we need to protect it?
- We need a healthy environment in order to survive, to breathe clean air, to stay healthy.
- The temperature of the Earth is increasing all the time.
- Preserving the Earth’s biodiversity is important.
- Earth is our home, we don’t have another planet to live on, when this one is in ruins.
In case you are unaware, Theresa May pledged to eradicate all avoidable plastic waste in the UK by 2042 and therefore wants to solve this problem within 25 years. However, 25 years is a long period of time and progress should be made sooner.
So, here’s three simple tips to help you cut back on plastic.
- Ditch straws in drinks
Instead use glasses or paper straws (these are biodegradable)
- Don’t buy bottled water
Buy own own reusable water bottle and take it with you wherever you go.
- Get a reusable bag
These can be purchased in many shops, and are only a small price to pay to help combat the ecological problems our planet faces.
Not only should we talk about plastic usage, but we should also talk about saving electricity. An easy way to do this is to take part in the:
which is held at 8.30pm on 24th March every year and is run by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). For this hour, they encourage you to switch off your lights.
The good thing about this campaign is that ANYONE CAN TAKE PART! So mark it in your diaries and be ready for it… or why not start cutting down your energy usage now after reading this post?
As a member of UK Youth Voice, I hope that I will be able to support WWF with their aims and campaign on our manifesto more effectively, after I learnt more about the charity when they came to speak at our youth voice meeting in November 2017.
In the Youth Voice manifesto, we are calling for relevant environmental policy and we ask the government to:
‘Enable future generations to live in a clean, safe and sustainable environment’
Here, we stand for a commitment to fighting climate change globally and you can read more in the manifesto here.
A simple way you can help us with this is by ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’
This is used a lot in early school life, but then is slowly phased out as you get older. This principle is still relevant to us all and therefore it is essential that we do our bit to conserve the planet and live sustainable.
- Reduce the amount of packaging you buy
So there’s less plastic in the oceans and in landfill sites.
Donate your unwanted items to charity shops, so that instead of going in the bin, someone else can appreciate them.
- Recycle your waste where possible
Look at your local council’s website to see what you can recycle in your waste bins.
I hope after reading this post, you’ll look more into how you can help and defeat the issues affecting us right now, including climate change and will do your bit! I know that after writing this, I will make more of an effort to improve my lifestyle for the better.
If you have any other tips, please let me know, I’d love to hear them!
Thank you for reading!