What are YOU doing for a greener future?
In light of Earth Month and the European Green Week approaching I’ve teamed up with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for the Environment (DG ENV) to promote a dialogue and actions around sustainability! I think one of the most important things to realize is that each of us has tremendous power to change our planet for the better!
Apart from our personal responsibility it is so crucial that governments and policy makers join the discussion and translate it into laws so that together we can create a greener, more sustainable future! I couldn’t be more stoked to participate in this year’s EU Green Week #MyGreenAction challenge and show you all the small changes I try and implement every day!
But, most importantly, I’m super curious to see what YOU are doing! Share your ideas and actions – no matter how big or small – with a photo, video or story on Instagram & Facebook and use #MyGreenAction + #TheTastyK so I can see them and repost them (and your accounts) in my stories! In addition to this, the top 10 contributions 🏆 will star in the video shown to European policy makers at the EU Green Week conference, 15-17 May in Brussels – how awesome is that? 🙂
Below you’ll find 3 things that we can do that have a significant impact on our planet! It’s not about being perfect – but we can all try our best and hopefully educate/inspire others with our actions!
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Twitter – https://twitter.com/EU_ENV
EU Green Week – https://www.eugreenweek.eu/en/my-green-action
EAT LESS ANIMAL PRODUCTS
Did you know that eating animal products significantly contributes to land and water degradation, deforestation, pollution and wildlife extinction? Without meat and dairy consumption global farmland could be reduced by over 75% – an area equivalent to the US, China, European Union and Australia combined – while still feeding the world! In that regard it’s important to note that loss of wild areas to agriculture is the leading cause of the current mass extinction of wildlife. Not only that but meat and dairy actually use 83% of our agricultural farmland and produce 60% of CO2 emissions but only provide 18% of calories, which makes them super unsustainable.
While 1kg of beef requires 15.000 liters of water and causes 1000kg greenhouse gases, 1kg of tofu only require 1/4 of that, while vegetables, fruits and other pulses rank even lower.
STOP USING PLASTIC
Plastic pollution is a real problem and it’s not going away! We’ve all seen the images of completely trashed beaches in South East Asia, the huge garbage patches floating in our oceans and most likely witness trash and specifically plastic pollution anywhere we go these days. Truth is, if we don’t stop our wasteful consumption, in 30 years there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish. I feel like statements like this may be hard to imagine for some of us… so here’s a more relatable fact: