Environmental issues during COVID-19:
Whilst the world may seem to have ground to a stop, our impact on the planet has only carried on. Our transport sector has slowed down (no pun intended) yet our use of plastic masks and single-use products have escalated. It seems we’ve replaced one problem but encouraged another in its place. Despite the ongoing social and environmental issues from COVID-19, there are ways the public can help reduce their impacts on the planet while supporting the community around them during this difficult time in history.
What does ‘net-zero’ mean?
Net-zero refers to eliminating all greenhouse gas emission production or funding activities that offset however many emissions are produced e.g. tree planting or carbon capture. Doing the above would greatly lower the overall consequences of global warming, helping maintain the fragile ecosystem and human health. Many experts today believe the globe must reach net-zero by 2050 to avoid any catastrophic threats from global warming. However, experts believe such an accomplishment would require a triple in yearly clean energy investments by 2030 to around $5.63 trillion AUD ($4 trillion USD).
What are GMOs?
Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs are animals, plants, microorganisms, etc that have had a portion of their genetic material artificially altered using genetic engineering techniques. This cannot occur naturally through two organisms mating and only via human technology. GMOs are usually made to benefit humans help solve food, environmental and/or health-related issues.
Why is Christmas unsustainable?
Christmas is the season of celebration where families connect and mass amounts of food are devoured until we feel unwell. However, due to the immense consumption of food, gifts and bright lights, Christmas is often a secret villain making the season of celebration, a season of destruction on the environment. However, there is a greener way to spend Christmas. A way that provides the joy and convenience of traditional Christmases while looking after the health of planet earth.
Why are bees so important?
As many know, bees pollinate plants which is vital to the survival of the ecosystem, including us. Over the day, a bee will visit hundreds of different flowers to gather pollen. After collection, the bee will drop a small portion of that natural goodness into the female section of another flower. This process helps pollinate flowers which in turn, results in producing additional seeds for flowers to grow in the future. Without bees, this process could never be done and ultimately leave detrimental impacts on the food supply for all organisms that roam the earth.