Why do we want to plant more trees?
On 29th July 2019 we had used up the earth’s resources that should have lasted for the whole of 2019? Called Earth Overshoot Day, it’s a good guide to how we’re doing as an ever-increasing global population.
Like budgeting for the month and then blowing it all on gin and shoes the day after pay day so you can only afford to eat super noodles and stay home for the following 28 days.
As you may have seen on Facebook, we’re launching a campaign to plant 1,000 trees. Trees are an undoubtedly important part of the planet’s ability to provide for us and every other living creature on it. Whether that’s from food, resources, shelter, oxygen, storing carbon dioxide, protection, trade, security, homes, livelihoods or just something relaxing to look at; trees mean life.
We’re asking you to send us a photo of you doing Tree Pose and in return, we’ll plant you a tree. Simple. Make sure you mark your photo with #yogatreesplease and send it to us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. We can’t wait to see you all doing something incredibly small but really meaningful for the planet.
Can one person make a difference?
Can we make a difference? Yes, of course we can. Do we want to? Well that one is debatable. Do the little changes help? I think they do. If one young girl can start a rebellion and get herself on the news to inspire others then what’s stopping the rest of us explaining to our office manager why it’s so important to sort out the recycling at work? Nothing.
It is frustrating that ‘environmentally friendly’ is increasingly ‘boutique’ and expensive, meaning that your average Joe can’t afford to get involved. But, everyday brands are learning what the customer wants so it just means a little longer at the supermarket and making some wise choices…once you’ve learned the myriad of things we shouldn’t be buying anymore.
It was so much easier with CFCs – you didn’t buy the bad aerosols and manufacturers stopped putting it in the backs of fridges. Why was a hole in the ozone layer (something we can’t see, touch or either begin to fathom) so easily worked though by everyone? Yet here we are with extreme heat or extreme rain in the UK and no one seems to be saying, “Wait a minute, you know I don’t think this is quite right.”
Some easy ideas to do your bit for the planet
- Eat a fresh and local plant-based diet.
- Reduce use of single use plastics, from plastic water bottles to cling film.
- Look at your travelling habits, walk, cycle or take public transport where you can.
- Take reusable shopping bags when you do your shopping.
- Say no to ‘fast fashion’, borrow, fix or look at charity shops for your clothes.
The results – your bodies will feel better, your mind will be clearer, money will stretch further and you’ll be happier!
Further reading – Living sustainably.