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