“WE ARE THE FIRST GENERATION THAT HAS A CLEAR PICTURE OF THE VALUE OF NATURE AND THE ENORMOUS IMPACT WE HAVE ON IT. WE MAY ALSO BE THE LAST THAT CAN ACT TO REVERSE THIS TREND. FROM NOW UNTIL 2020 WILL BE A DECISIVE MOMENT IN HISTORY”
This is a quote from the WWF Living Planet Report and one that along with a lot of things I have watched and read recently that have really stuck with me.
We can’t say to our children that we didn’t know.
I said a short few months ago I had no idea about what was REALLY happening to the planet, about how the choices we make will affect our children’s and grandchildren’s world and although I am no expert I am now more aware of what’s going on and importantly I know I have to make changes as we cannot go on living the way we are.
I’ve heard some shocking stats over the last few weeks on my quest for information; that wildlife populations have declined by 60% between 1970 and 2014, that global temperatures are rising, that our demand for meat cannot be sustained and that we don’t have enough land for what we demand, that plastic pollution is a huge problem and is suffocating our planet, that our demand for fast fashion is polluting and changing parts of the world where they are manufactured, that sea temperatures are rising.
It’s all out there, we can’t say we didn’t know, I feel awful thinking that my children might ask me why in the future and I wouldn’t know what to say…
I have taken the decision, along with my husband to make some changes to the way we live. They’re small changes, but changes we know we need to make and I hope through talking about these changes it also raises a tiny bit of awareness.
What are we doing?
- We are re-using bags and where possible buying sustainable ones for our shopping or not using them at all.
- We say no to takeaway coffee cups. I think Waitrose’s move to banning paper cups is amazing and it has encouraged us to buy re-usual cups.
- We are having more meat-free days. In fact, we only eat meat once or twice a week now. The girls have it more as I am concerned that I do not know enough about nutrition and want to make sure they are getting everything they need. However, we are going to speak to a nutritionist so we feel more informed about choices for them so we can cut down on their meat consumption as well.
- We are switching to a milkman and choosing only glass bottles.
- I am trying to buy less and if I buy, try to buy better. I am thinking about a capsule wardrobe, what toys can be purchased that are wooden rather than plastic. My sister and I have swapped clothes for the girls since they were babies and we continue to do that so we don’t have to buy so much.
- I am also looking at buying second hand where I can. Amelie loves Barbies and on passing a charity shop the other day I noticed about 5o of them in a box. I will be looking closely at these closer to Christmas.
- I don’t buy plastic water bottles and have a Chilly bottle for me and re-usable ones for the girls.
- We have a bin that separates our general refuse to our recycling and also a caddy for food waste. I am being much more strict with what goes in which bin and trying to teach the girls where to put their rubbish.
- My girls love using straws so I have bought these metal ones so we can reuse them.
- I am trying to cut down on baby wipe usage, so instead of using them after dinner to wipe their faces, I use a flannel which can be washed.
- I have heard of a new shop opening near me which offers food with no packaging and seasonal. Once this opens I am going to see how I can support them.
I know these are small changes but everyone has to start somewhere right?
Have you been touched by everything I said above? Is your family making changes?