Overconsumption has a huge impact on the environment and according to the World Wide Fund (WWF), Aussies have a pretty big ecological footprint compared to some other countries. From the food we eat to the energy and water we use, everything we do uses natural resources and produces waste. We are all part of the problem but can choose to be part of the solution. During the month of March there are three footprint-reducing initiatives you can get involved in, all while creating some of those feel good vibes.
WWF’s Earth Hour – Saturday 24 March 2018
Now in its 11th year, Aussie concept Earth Hour is now celebrated in over 180 countries and 7,000 cities and towns worldwide. People unite for one hour by switching off their lights to show their support for a low pollution clean energy future. Earth Hour in Australia brings communities together with a whopping 1 in 4 of us taking part in the initiative. This year WWF is partnering with Queensland Charity Solar Buddy to provide 500 Earth Hour solar lights to rural communities in Ethiopia.
To get involved switch off your lights from 8.30-9.30pm local time on Saturday 24 March. You can upload your photos to the Earth Hour website www.earthhour.org.au or to Instagram with the hashtag #JoinTheFuture
United Nations World Water Day – Thursday 22 March 2018
World Water Day is an annual event advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. It focuses attention on the importance of water and water- related issues such as water scarcity, water pollution, inadequate water supply and lack of sanitation.
You can get involved this World Water Day by making sure you stay hydrated and by saving some precious Gold Coast water by being water wise.
Here are six water-saving tips to get you started:
- reduce your shower time
- turn the tap off when brushing your teeth and washing your hands
- half fill the sink to rinse dishes or vegies
- run the dishwasher and washing machine only when it’s full
- water your plants in the early morning (less evaporation)
- fill the sink with water when shaving rather than under the tap
Clean up Australia Day on Sunday 4 March
Every year hundreds of thousands of Australians get stuck in and clean up their local environment by collecting and removing rubbish on Clean up Australia Day. This year marks the 20th year and it’s easy to get involved. All you need to do is register online as an individual, community group, business or school and join an existing clean up site or create your own. Then, voila! Your free Clean Up Kit which includes bags, gloves, information and promotional materials will be posted to you. You can register at cleanupaustralia.org.au and upload your photos to Instagram with the hashtag #cleanupaustraliaday.
While no-one can do everything, everyone can do something. Let’s make a difference in March.