Your 2019 Challenge to Save The Planet & Your Health
If everyone on the internet joined forces to ensure a healthy planet for future generations it could solve the survival problem that no government dare tackle.
All you need to do is to commit to a changing lifestyle over twelve months – a twelve-step programme, just a month at a time, click HERE for tips!
January: Try to avoid buying anything made of or packed in plastic. HERE
February: Buy local produce wherever possible. HERE
March: Cut back on your consumption of “stuff”. HERE
April: Help plant a hundred trees. HERE
May: Support your local community any way that helps the environment. HERE
June: Cut out all meat, fish and dairy foods from your diet. HERE
July: Conserve fresh water whenever possible, it’s a scarce resource. HERE
August: Make your own health your responsibility. HERE
Sept: Reduce the use of your car by walking more/using public transport. HERE
October: Turn your home thermostat down a few degrees lower. HERE
Nov: Try to reduce food waste to close on nil. HERE
Dec: Switch your car to any that halves your fuel consumption. HERE
If you want to know what the impact of the above would have on the planet’s future survival as a place fit for human habitation read on!
January: Plastics are based on fossil fuel for production and produce an almost permanent environmental pollutant that will take many years to start to rectify. There are biodegradable alternative materials produced from plants.
February: This would both stimulate farmers to shift to plant food production for humans, reduce the vast energy consumption involved in shipping food to and from warehouses and from abroad.
March: We all are encouraged to consume or buy far more material things than we really need, we need to remind ourselves that every article represents a substantial use of the earth’s scarce resources.
April: With the estimated 4 billion internet users worldwide this would produce 400 billion trees, the most efficient carbon dioxide consumers would remove around 8 billion tons of CO2 per year, that would help balance the residual fossil fuel use. Global production of CO2 from transport is about this quantity.
May: There is a close connection between the health of the planet, the health of individuals and the health of a community. By building stronger communities we would be find mutual support in building a sustainable future for our only planet, the earth.
June: This alone would cut greenhouse gases by between 25 – 50%, stop the loss of the earth’s lungs – the rainforests, reduce the need for food production by 75%, with the right distribution system ensure adequate food for everyone, improve the health of everyone, reduce the incidence of chronic diseases, reduce the pollution of coastal waters from agricultural medicine run-off and animal waste, permit the regrowth of our fauna and flora, especially endangered species, and much more. Currently estimates suggest between 50 – 75% of all grain and pulses go to feed animals!
July: Fresh water will be more valuable than oil in a few years time. Sources of fresh water are increasingly being depleted due to pollution or over exploitation. Producing animal and dairy foods is a major reason for this.
August: If you have already shifted your diet to a whole plant diet and are getting more exercise walking you are well on the way to meeting this challenge.
September: This will go towards the August challenge; taking more responsibility for your health.
October: Just a few degrees drop will save you over a hundred pounds a year and reduce the consumption of energy nationally.
November: Currently we waste over a third of our food. That would feed most of the undernourished or starving throughout the world.
December: Today there is no technological reason why we cannot produce cars that will give over 100 miles per gallon; even this would make a significant reduction in CO2 emissions. This needs to be the most important criteria for car purchase, not its sporty performance.
Michael Lingard BSc. DO. WPNCert.
Orthopath Buteyko Educator Plantrician