Is it too late or can we get another chance?
Whilst struggling with a pandemic and when dealing with a healthcare emergency, it is normal for us humans to switch to fire-fighting mode and put other long term issues on the back burner. However, little do we realise that other pertinent issues such as healthy nutrition, lack of physical exercise and climate change are as just as urgent, if not more.
While watching A Life on our Planet on Netflix a few weeks back, we were intrigued by the way Sir David Attenborough presents first hand account of how, over the past half-century, humans pursued high-speed progress without giving much consideration to the maligned effects this was having on planet Earth.
Deforestation, over-fishing, unsustainable farming, over-population are all mentioned as prime cause of the current critical situation we have pushed our world into. But is it too late to do our part to stop the rot? Is it true that our little efforts to give extra care for what is ultimately our home can lead to a better planet for our kids?
The film advises the usual mantras that we need to switch to alternative energy, reduce meat and dairy consumption or consider switching to a vegan diet, and to opt for products developed through sustainable practices. Other simple steps can include riding a bike, considering alternative types of packaging instead of plastic, drastically reducing our consumption of processed meats, switching to organic veggies and fruit that are in season, using less stuff, reducing our trash, and composting our food waste.
Let us support companies that display their concern for the planet on their labels, with logos such as Certified Organic, Fairtrade, Soil Association, Rainforest Alliance, Plastic Free and Climate Neutral Certified. Never forget that our world is finite, and we are finite too. And we, like all species, can only thrive if our host and everything else around us thrives too.