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Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - fast-ed.com.au

THE en­vi­ron­ment just got Trumped, leav­ing a gloomy and trou­bling shadow over our world.

It is a broad and per­va­sive dark­ness that will last at least four years. For many pro­gres­sively minded d peo­ple, the Amer­i­can pres­i­dent-elect’s de­signgn to roll back cli­mate pro­tec­tion ec­tion as one of his first acts of govern­ment is dev­as­tat­ing. at­ing. It took al­most three decades ecades to get the world’s com­mu­nity of gov­ern­ments nments at­tuned to the stark re­al­i­ties eal­i­ties fac­ing us.

And yet, this is the new world in which we find nd our­selves. But do not de­spair, and do not al­low low the prospect of a roll­back to dis­suade you from the truth. The planet needs us to be its guardian, all the more so if a key play­err is to re­nege on that re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Here are four sim­ple le things you can do in your ev­ery­day life to help the fu­ture of this planet.

Re­duce your over­all ll con­sump­tion. With nearly seven bil­lion peo­ple on Earth, we are strip­ping more re­sources from the planet than it can sus­tain. Re­duce your waste. In terms of food re­mem­ber that the av­er­age Aus­tralian fam­ily w wastes one-third of all the fo food it pur­chases, and a fur­the fur­ther 15 per cent is wasted i in dis­tri­bu­tion and stor­age. That’s right – half of all the food we pro­duce be­comes waste. This has to stop. Sign u up for a green en­ergy plan. Ye Yes, it will cost a frac­tion more, but as more Austr Aus­tralians par­tic­i­pate, the o over­all rates will fall und un­der mar­ket pres­sure. Eat more plantba based foods, and if y you are go­ing to eat meat and fish, look at some of the less­in­va­sive, less­dam­ag­ing, more sus­tain­able species. In Aus­tralia’s oceans, fo for ex­am­ple, there are ma many highly sus sus­tain­able al­ter­na­tive spec species of fish that make for de de­li­cious meals. You may just need to re­think your tech­niques from tim time to time.

That’s right – half of all the food we pro­duce be­comes waste

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