What's Your Promise For The Planet?
On the 24th of March WWF’s Earth Hour is your chance to be part of global change!
Climate change is real and is effecting every single one of us more regularly now than ever before. The weather has been so unpredictable, even in Wales with us still experiencing heavy snow in the middle of March, a time where we would normally be enjoying some much needed Spring sunshine. Natural disasters are becoming more common around the globe with the news featuring floods, earthquakes, mudslides, tornadoes, hurricanes on a weekly if not daily basis. In the last few months whilst travelling we've both experienced these disasters close by; raging forest fires in Southern California, an earthquake in San Francisco, driving four hours to avoid Californian mud slides, spending an extra two days in a hotel room in Heathrow due to heavy snow and cancelling many meetings due to dangerous weather conditions on the roads. However this is nothing compared to the most heartbreaking signs of climate change where habitats are being destroyed for both humans and animals around the world as well as lives being lost. We've always felt safe in the U.K with natural disasters and extreme weather conditions happening few and far and between. Now not even the U.K can ignore that climate change is an issue that's effecting us all worldwide. If we want the planet to survive and thrive, we must take action today and start looking after the world we live in by making a few small changes that will hopefully make a huge difference. We must unit together to fight on this issue, regardless of religion, political beliefs, age, race or sex!
WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) is an organisation that works to protect our wildlife worldwide. As you know we are both vegan and are passionate about protecting all animals and love supporting organisations like the WWF that are doing such amazing work. Their recent Earth Hour campaign is a great example of an opportunity to unite and make changes that can create positive waves throughout the world. Wildlife we love, like elephants, turtles and polar bears, are at risk from the effects of climate change, pollution and over-consumption. These are some of the devastating facts that you can find on the WWF website about how our animals and the planet are being effected by climate change, human consumption and greed.
- 80% of freshwater species have declined
- Over 50% of populations of land species have declined
- 40% of our forests have disappeared to agricultural land with 15 million trees lost each year just for soy production
- 1 in 6 of the planet’s species are at risk of extinction from climate change
These are few of the ways in which WWF are helping to fix these issues first hand;
- Working with international governments to accelerate the shift to a low-carbon economy and drastically reduce emissions from burning fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas
- Restoring and protecting important habitats
- Addressing our food systems to ensure we’re farming sustainably, reducing waste and consuming responsibly
- Helping poorer countries cope with their changing climate
- Encouraging everyone to make sustainable lifestyle choices such as the energy in their homes, transport options, sustainable diets and more…
How can you help we hear you ask? We may think that the actions we take on a daily basis are insignificant and will not make much of a difference and that change should be coming from our Governments. However we urge everyone to try and change their perspective. One simple but effective way you can help today is through pledging your promise for the planet! A lot of you may already be doing some of the things that the WWF are encouraging people to promise, however, this is a fantastic place to start if you're not. Here you will find a list of things you could be doing to make a huge difference to save our planet and the animals who live on it. At Eat Sleep Organic we would also like to encourage everyone to take that step further and try an organic vegan diet!
We are also pleased to say that Ceri, one half of Eat Sleep Organic features in the advert to encourage people in Wales to take part in this years Earth Hour! You can check it out below and we really hope you'll take the time to pledge your promise and make a huge difference today, which can make tomorrow better.
For those looking for more inspiration and information on how climate change is affecting our planet we urge everyone to watch Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth documentary and the follow up An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, to see how much the harsh reality of climate change has accelerated over the past ten years.