April 22 is the 53anniversary of the first Earth Day, a day set aside to encourage action promoting a sustainable future for us and the planet.
Much of the time, sustainability seems a lost cause as so many people are concerned with an endless cycle of consumerism – demanding more of everything rather than just what they need.
We are encouraging as many people as possible to make a few adjustments such as growing their own food rather than raiding stupidmarket shelves as often as possible. It’s not only better for the planet, it also saves money. Even those living in city apartments can grow some of their own food in pots on balconies. Those with gardens around their house can grow most of the vegetables needed and could supply their own eggs from backyard hens. Check the Freranger website for details.Governments don’t like you to cut down on travel and consumption because you won’t pay as much tax – but it’s the only way to ensure sustainability. Some people think they are environmentally aware but they have huge carbon footprints as they spend their lives travelling endlessly by car or aircraft. One we know, threw away a working gas hob to buy an electric induction hot plate. It didn’t occur to her than the energy consumed in the manufacturing process far exceeded any potential savings she may make in her kitchen.