Maybe a bit of an odd post for our Stevo Blog today but important nonetheless.
Let’s call it an ‘opinion’ piece rather than a shameless ad?
‘Our Planet’ – a new 8-part series – is now streaming globally on Netflix.
Narrated by national treasure David Attenborough, this series aims to educate the world about the wonders of the natural world in the hope of inspiring us to take better care of it. After seeing the video of Attenborough’s speech at the launch, which took place at the National History Museum, I couldn’t not share it with you all.
A link to his full speech is at the end of this post if you want to skip to that!
For anyone who doesn’t want to watch it in full, these are the parts of his speech which really struck me:
“96% of the mass of mammals on our planet today, are us and the livestock that we’ve domesticated. 4% is everything else. From elephants, to badgers. From tigers, to bats. 70% of all birds are now domesticated poultry, mostly chickens.
Nature once determined how we survive. Now we determine how nature survives.
The blue whale can give us inspiration. Just 30 years ago most whale species, including the blue whale, were heading to extinction. A public outcry led to a global agreement to protect whales and now most populations are recovering.
We have subsequently learned how important whales are to the entire ocean system, including the fish that we eat. So saving these majestic creatures actually benefits us as well.
What we did to save the whales, we must now do for all nature.
The natural world is not just nice to have, it fundamentally matters to each and every one of us.”
So what? How can we as individuals make a difference to this global issue?
I’m not trying to tell you what to do, but here’s what we COULD do.
- Make a conscious effort to eat less meat.
Beans on toast, pasta and sauce, or quorn chilli once or twice a week?
Doesn’t sound so bad to me.
No, I’m not vEgAn – I’m not even a vegetarian – so I’m not preaching here. It’s just fact that our global meat consumption is killing our planet.
- Avoid, or reduce usage, of single-use plastics
Keep that fresher-fair tote stuffed at the bottom of your bag for when you inevitably stop at Tesco on your way home after lectures. Use a reusable water bottle. And you probably don’t need the 2 little plastic straws in your drink.
- Do the recycling properly
Nothing new or groundbreaking here. And it really stops the ‘general’ bin from filling up too quick.
- Turn off unnecessary lights
Open your curtains and avoid needing to put the ‘big light’ on in your room in the daytime. If you’re last out the kitchen, turn the light off. If you’re last out the lecture theatre, turn the light off. Do the lights in the loos need to be on? No? Turn them off.
- Sponsor an endangered animal
Donate to WWF or sign yourself up to sponsor an orangutan. Yup, we’re all on a budget, why not do it as a flat? Help revive a species which is close to extinction to put right what generations before us have done wrong.
- Educate yourself.
Take some time out to google the biggest planet-killers. Watch Our Planet.
I think we’re all guilty of being a little bit ignorant when it comes to global issues so let’s do something about that.
- How can I help?
You. Individually. What connections do you have that maybe few others do?
Do you hold a position elsewhere in the uni or in your hometown which you could use to make a change?
If we all just do our bit, that’s enough. Don’t let anyone tell you that turning your tap off while your brush your teeth and not having meat once a week isn’t enough. If that’s what you’re doing then amazing – it’s a start.
I’m sorry (not sorry) for getting a little bit political and tree-hugger-y. Maybe I shouldn’t watch David Attenborough’s speech for a 4th time today.
If you’re still reading – thanks for sticking with me.
Here’s the link to the video: