Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of a global Earth Day. I love that we have a day that people around the world come together to honour the planet we all share. Having said that, I just don’t get Earth Day. Shouldn’t we be doing everything we can to preserve our planet every day? I mean, shouldn’t we celebrate Earth Day every day? The air, water, earth…it’s all a gift we can no longer take for granted.
Depending on what you read, Covid has either helped the environment or has been a disaster. Based on my pandemic life, I can honestly say, my eco-footprint has never been lighter. I shop less, I drive less, I cook more, and eat out less. I’m buying more whole foods – you know the kind that does not come in a container or box. I grow, make, create, and preserve things I never imagined myself doing. If there is a silver-lining for me in this horrible time we are all living through, it’s that I have learned that I can be more resourceful, self-sufficient, and just a better citizen of earth. I don’t have to continue to participate in throw-away consumerism where things get tossed aside for the latest and greatest. We can make great changes and our planet is at the point where we HAVE to make great changes.
The climate is in crises.
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming, limiting global warming to 1.5°C – as compared to the 2°C or higher path we are currently on – requires “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”. Half a degree might not seem like much but it is “especially since warming of 1.5°C or higher increases the risk associated with long-lasting or irreversible changes, such as the loss of some ecosystems”.
The pandemic has shown us that we can change our lives in ways we never thought possible. We can be a generation of convenience AND conscience. It’s not a choice anymore. We can consume less and/or smarter. Demand more of our politicians and from the corporations/businesses we support with our hard-earned money. We can demand that they put the planet before profit and lobbyists, but we have to be all in. It can’t just be a one-day effort or a cool t-shirt. This is not the time for eco-posers.
Be a Greta. Be a Jane
We have to make our voices heard. Look at the impact one 15 year-old young lady had on the international fight for climate change. Greta Thunberg wrote an award-winning essay on climate change for her local paper, and then decided to take action. She started with the School Strike for Climate and a call to act like “our house is on fire” . Three months later, climate change protests began and a new generation of global environmental warriors were awakened. Even life-long activist/queen/powerhouse, Jane Fonda, was inspired and the iconic Fire Drill Fridays was created. Suddenly weekly protests were happening on the Capitol demanding Congress pass the Green New Deal. Jane kept showing up week after week. Arrest after arrest. Fire Drill Fridays LIVE continue online through Covid along with other Fire Drill Fridays events.
As Earth Day nears on April 22nd, we will be writing about ways you can celebrate Earth Day and our favourite green beauty products and how you can tread a little lighter, but at the end of the day, we all need to be a Greta or a Jane. Change is possible but only if we make it happen.
Happy Earth Month. Be kind and be a Jane or a Greta.