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Earth Day - Helping the Earth in Isolation

Earth Day 22 April 2020

Earth Day this year marks the 50th Anniversary of people coming together to show their support for a clean and healthy World. With most of us in Isolation and not able to join together as a Group, there are still earth friendly activities that we can do. Firstly here is the basic history of this wonderful day.
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Earth Day History

It all began in America with Senator Nelson being concerned with the deteriorating environment. The first Earth Day in 1970 inspired 20 million Americans to demonstrate against the impact of 150 years of industrial development and it's impact on our environment and our health.
In 1990 Earth Day went Global with 200 million people in 141 countries bringing environmental issues to the world stage. It also brought about a massive rise in global recycling efforts and paved the way for the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in1992.
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What to Do This Earth Day

The theme for this years Earth Day is Climate Action. Being at home in Isolation just means that our efforts will need to be in our homes and surrounding areas, and not just on Earth Day, but to make sure every day Earth Day. So here are some ideas that we all can do to reduce our impact on the planet.
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1. Have your say on a Plastic Straw Ban in QLD
The Queensland Government has an open survey on the ban of single use Plastic Straws, Stirrers and Cutlery. With our streets, parks and oceans littered with these items, not to mention leaching of toxins and damage to wildlife, this is one of the most important surveys you will ever do.
You can take the survey on the Queensland Government Website until Thursday 30th April 2020.
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.check you ecological footprint
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2. Check your Ecological Footprint
Have you ever wondered how your lifestyle could be impacting our world? This questionnaire analyses your every day usage and general consumption plus gives you ideas on how to be more sustainable. There is always one more thing that you can do that is easily implemented into every day life. You can take the test at the WWF Website here.
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3. Be mindful of your Consumption
Our whole lifestyle has been turned around but we are still having an impact by what we are purchasing at the Supermarket. Plastic packaging and processed food, over consumption of meat and the amount of food that is wasted and thrown into landfill can all be reduced. Use your own bags for your fresh produce and support local businesses that use less packaging.
Especially now with so many of us having a forced reduction in our income, take the time to plan meals and only buy what you really need. With this extra time at home we can now prepare meals with fresh produce instead of a pre-packaged version and you're taste buds will love it too.
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4. Grow Your Own Herbs or Vegetables
Even a small garden can produce some wonderful herbs or vegetables for your family. Not only will you be able to eat your own produce but also reduces carbon emissions from processing and transportation.
Leafy varieties of lettuce are a great choice as they allow you pick the leaves you need, instead of harvesting the entire plant. Tomatoes, broccoli, rosemary and mint are all easy to grow but your choice is endless.
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5. Start Composting
Carbon is not the only greenhouse gas we should be concerned about. The food waste we send to landfill creates methane which is 28 times more powerful than carbon. When food is compacted in landfill, there is no oxygen and the bacteria that breakdown food release methane instead of carbon dioxide. You can read more about methane gas here.
As most compost heaps and tumblers are only for plant based materials, nearly all animal products still end up in landfill. You can also purchase a Bokashi system which allows you to compost meat, dairy, bread and more.
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