The planet is doomed, not because of governments, corporations, greed or selfishness. Destruction is the result of our complacency. Each of us believes that our personal contribution to the global problem is minuscule and inconsequential.
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You might be surprised to discover that farming animals is one of the biggest contributors to climate change.
Meat and dairy production causes 14.5% of planet-warming gases.
Rainforests are being felled to make way for soya, most of which is being used to feed factory-farmed pigs and poultry.
Palm oil is cheap to cultivate, which is why it’s used in so many of the products we buy.
When David Attenborough recently returned to Indonesia he was shocked at how much forest had been replaced by oil-palm plantations.
12.5% of Southeast Asian forest has been destroyed to make way for palm oil and other commodities. The iconic orangutan lives in these forests. As its habitat disappears, so too does its chances of survival.
Discover palm-free products in the Friends of the Earth Ethical Consumer magazine.
That feeling you get when you throw food out. Not good, right?
Billions of tons of food goes to waste in the world every year.
Stop the guilt trip. Discover easy tricks and recipes for making the most of your food with the experts at Love Food Hate Waste . And Friends of the Earth have got some tips to help you reduce your food waste, including waste-busting apps.
Most of us could probably do with less stuff in our lives.
Unfortunately we’re hardwired to feel good about getting something new. Retailers feast on this weakness, tempting our pleasure receptors with upgrades and sales.
From cradle to grave, the stuff we buy has a big carbon footprint. Secondhand is a greener option.
Consider pooling resources with your neighbours so that you can share things like lawnmowers and power tools – you could even start a car pool.
What has waste got to do with global warming?
The majority of our waste gets sent to landfill or burnt in incinerators. Both release planet-warming gases into the atmosphere.
It’s much better to recycle and compost. For example, 20 times more energy is used to make a new can than one from recycled sources.
Though buying less stuff or buying second-hand is even better.
Transport coughs out a large percentage of greenhouse gas emissions.
It’s also a major source of air pollution – linked to millions of deaths every year around the world. There are lots of ways to reduce your impact on the planet. Fly less long-haul, use public transport, walk or cycle and/or switch to an electric car. Even changing your driving habits could have a significant impact.
Put the brakes on climate chaos with these top tips by the Friends of the Earth.
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