Earth Day 2019, Our Small Habits that Change the World

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Earth Day 2019, Our Small Habits that Change the World

Every year on April 22, thousands of people and organizations around the world celebrating Earth Day. This global action has been running for more than fourth decades ago and aiming to increase the global awareness of environment in several fields, ranging from end plastic pollution, environmental literacy, reforestation and many more. Various events are held across the globe, including in Bali to support this program as we are suffering from garbage emergency. Moreover, local authority has already banned the plastic bag all over Bali. However, all of this efforts is not enough and we need more and more massive movements to protect the earth. Not only an events that being held once a year, but we might also do it on our daily life to make a tremendous impact. As in previous year, this year the emergency of plastics garbage still being one of the top issues.  

THINGS WE NEED TO KNOW

Many of us use or encounter plastic every single day and we don’t realize it. There’s single-use plastics such as bags, bottles, plates, utensils and straws. Some of it gets recycled  but a lot ends up in landfills or simply littered as plastic pollution, which gets into waterways. Affected our marine life and sooner or later we’ll get the negative impact of it. So it is obvious that we need to reduce these stuffs to make ourselves and our descendant keep living well.

WHAT IS THE BENEFIT FOR US

Once we are actively involved in environmentally awareness program or eco-friendly activity, we can enjoy more beautiful nature, fresh air and sustainability world for ourselves and future generations. More clean environment could made us more happier and less stressed. Overall, the benefit for join this program are essential and countless.

SMALL HABITS WE CAN DO

There are a great deal to get involved with this program while others might say it is better for us to join with community or local movement. However, we can do several activity below. Simple yet impactful to our environment. While recycling is important, it’s not enough to safe the earth.  Here are the things we can do in our daily life to safe the environment

  • Pick up plastic trash whenever we see it, especially in ponds, streams, rivers and on beaches then put it on the bin.
  • Reduce the carbon footprint by using public transportation as it could reducing the emission. Our roads are more congested recently and it is clear that public transportation will beneficial. Besides, we can use to paddle our bicycle anywhere to get our body keep fit.
  • Purchasing clothes and other items that made from natural fibers and make sure the company or producers  get involved in natural-awareness activity. This is a sign that we promote sustainability program and stimulate a company more responsible on the product and more eco-friendly.  
  • Get involved in local legislation and regulation to reduce and recycle plastics owing to the more people speak to public, the more awareness we will get.
  • Use waters efficiently and wisely even though we pay for it.
  • Installing energy-efficient light bulbs. Moreover, we should switch the lights off when we leave a room and ensure the electronics such as TV and fan already turn-off
  • Green fingered or not, we can plant a small tree on the backyards or land

COMMUNITY WE CAN JOIN AND SUPPORT

Along with local authorities, communities are struggling to deal with the volume of waste, and even high-end companies also do the same thing as a part of promoting sustainable environment. These community try to tackling the global issue at a local scale with the aim of building meaningful impact.

1.      Scholars of Sustenance (S.O.S) Bali

For restaurateurs, bakery and food company, S.O.S may a good partner. S.O.S is an organization focused on reducing food waste whilst simultaneously feeding the needy. S.O.S Bali was initiated in June 2017 and they try to reducing food waste in three distinctive way.

The first is the Happy Spoon program, which focusing to  gather retail surplus food, and provide it, at no cost to community kitchens in orphanages, women’s shelter, schools, temples, churches, and refugee centers.

The second and the most essential is called  Golden Soil Composting. Through this program S.O.S try to  keep several type of waste from the landfills then complete the life-cycle by running a medium-scale composting program to lowering carbon dioxide emissions. How it works is simple. Inedible food waste from the retail partners is delivered to a foundation farm where it is broken down and then turned to compost through the natural process of vermiculture. Furthermore, this enriched soil will be used to support the farms production of high quality organic produce, which will be provided to communities in need at no cost.

Last but not least is Victory Gardens program. This program focus on community education of the importance of food and nutrition, while enhancing the urban landscaping and turning wasted space into productive space. Based on micro-loan concept, SOS will provide schools and communities with everything they need to start their own urban edible garden and small-scale vermiculture compost.

2.      One Island, One Voice Campaign  

Since two years ago this campaign and community try to gathered all the eco-organisations in Bali to clean-up the beaches. Inviting thousands of children, locals and expats to hand in hand cleaning up the coastline more than once in a year. They can reached up to more than 50 location to clean the beach up around Bali including Nusa Penida and Lembongan. They try to collecting the rubbish and recycled as much as possible. One Island, One Voices is a campaign that consist of hundreds of community that concern on environment in Bali.

This campaign was initiated by Bye Bye Plastic Bags, a youth community that say no to single-use plastic bags in Bali. The community runs by asked the businesses to commit a combination of zero waste program on their product.  An optional program that presented consist of eliminating single-use plastic straws, water bottles, plastic retail bags, plastic cups, plastic up lids or separating their organic and inorganic waste. Each business can set its own timeframe or goals. The campaign will also offer services of waste separation at the source. If the businesses join this program, they will receive plaque or sticker that displayed their noble participation of eco-friendly businesses.

About Author

Jos Rizal is a traveller, bookaholic and has a strong background as a journalist. He loves writing and immerse with social activity as well as charity programmes.