Ocean advocate. Jungle child. Shameless dancer. Happy soul.
Zero-waste, veg-munchin', barefoot wanderer.
Rep: @5gyres @4ocean @plasticfree.Israel
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It's time to think outside the cup.
It was a heavy week around the world as the race against irreversible climate damage has been tightened yet again. 12 years they say, the year before it was 20 - what will next year bring?
On a personal level, I found it a hard and sobering pill to swallow - are we too late?
But here, and many places around the world, people are doing amazing things to make a difference. This past weekend I attended two wonderfully inspiring events: the We Feed the World Exhibit hosted by the Gaia Foundation and a conference with Adventures Uncovered. Both of these events touched on the heartbreaking reality that is our currently changing climate, and both of these events were filled with wonderfully inspiring people who care about the planet and what we are doing to it.
It was Anna Lappé's words that gave my heavy heart a much needed lift: this 12 year prediction, it isn't a death sentence, but a call to arms.
We need, now more than ever, not to crumble and fall and blink our eyes away in the face of a changing climate, but to get moving. We need to not say "oh there is no hope" and instead ask "what can I do?" Solutions are out there, they're growing and being made more and more accessible, slowly but surely. We, who control the demand, we need to make better choices and demand for better alternatives.
Buy products that are built to last a lifetime REFUSE single use plastic
Walk/bike before you take a vehicle
Carpool or take public transport before you drive yourself
Reduce your meat and dairy consumption
Be mindful of your water and electric output
Support local and fair trade
Purchase second-hand anything over new products
Consider solar, wind, thermal powers for your house
Educate yourself with the environment stances of future political candidates
Pick up litter when you see it
There are SO many things we can all do. Every little thing counts. Do not lose hope. Start thinking outside the box, the plastic bag, the coffee cup. In this photo, I used my @keepcup for soup when I forgot my zero lunchbox. There's always a solution, we just need to open our minds to change. at London, United Kingdom
Today looked like autumn, felt like summer - 24°C in October!
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change gives us a dozen years before we start seeing massively catastrophic natural events around the world. What steps are you taking to go carbon neutral? What tips do you have?
See my last post for ideas and comment below. Keep your chins up - together we CAN make a difference! at London, United Kingdom
This week, the IPCC - International Panel on Climate Change - announced that we will likely reach a warming of 1.5°C by 2030. That's just 12 years time and wildfires, droughts, floods and extreme famine will be effecting 100s of MILLIONS of people around the world.
They are urging global governments to take serious and drastic measures to reduce our carbon emissions. We need to reduce our global emissions by 45% in order to stay at this 1.5°C warming threshold.
At 1.5°C, we will lose about 70-90% of our coral reefs, the majority of our small scale fisheries, many of our vital mangrove forests. While this sounds bad, if we were to keep going to 2°C (where we're currently headed), we'd lose ALL of our corals and almost all arctic ice in the summers - these two factors alone would set off catastrophic natural events around the world. Massive extinctions of wildlife, air pollution that's unsafe for humans, raising sea levels and the major loss of habitat - on top of more extreme natural disasters.
Never has there been more of a time to ACT NOW. As individuals, what can we do?
- buy less animals products and aim for locally sourced food as much as possible
- drive electric cars, walk or cycle
- use videoconferencing instead of business travel
- try trains/buses instead of flights
- hang up clothes to dry instead of using a dryer
- buy used instead of new (clothes, household products, technology, everything!)
- register to vote, whichever country you're in, and seriously consider candidates that put the environment as priority
- message politicians and mass corporations to demand change and more environmental regulation
- talk to your friends and family members about these issues, not everyone knows: spread the word!
The world will not change if we're all just sitting on our sofas - so let's take action!
Sunlight and color on a rainy day at Clapham Village
And despite her cold, tough exterior
In her heart, she was gold at London, United Kingdom
Don't let this city fool you. There is green all around. at Covent Garden London
How to make a zero waste lunch, save money and stay classy (read, I promise, it's funny): 1 - buy a reusable lunch tin from charity shop ($3 - new)
2 - wake up early to make fresh hummus & pan-roasted eggplant for a sandwich you dreamt up the night before (roll purchased fresh in a cloth bag)
3 - fill excess space with fresh veggies (also bought bagless)
4 - attempt to eat in sunshine in St James Park
5 - get attacked by pigeons, swans, ducks and whatever series of aviation-capable animals were in the vicinity
6 - hastily seal up food, run away, and scoff down lunch on busy train instead
7 - arrive home and notice you left some hummus on your cheek for later (well done)! But really, buying a lunch tin and the ingredients for this food were less than the amount most people spend on lunch everyday! On top of that, the lunch box will be used regularly - worth the $3 investment - and there are enough hummus and veggies for the next couple of lunches.
While going zero waste can seem daunting, it's just about getting yourself the tools and setting up new habits. Most of these end up being healthier for YOU and the environment - gone are the days of buying crisps, sweets and processed foods in plastic wrappers. Hello, healthy, happy you! at London, United Kingdom
I ❤ London. It's not a beach or a forest or a coral reef, but it's full of opportunity, of hidden green spaces and unknown faces, and THAT makes it beautiful.
Welcome to my new home. at Hyde Park
All around the world, we use and dispose of MILLIONS of single-use coffee cups every day.
Yearly, the numbers of used & tossed cups is insane:
Australia - 1 billion
UK - 2.5 billion
USA - 146 billion
Funny enough, we call disposable coffee cups 'paper cups' but in order to keep hot liquids from seeping through the paper, they're lined in polyethylene - a plastic. Polyethylene leaches in hot liquids, so if you're drinking coffee on the go in one of these cups, you're drinking plastic!
Microplastics, like polyethylene, in the body have been linked to hormonal and developmental issues in children and even infertility in men (they confuse sperm, so stay away)! Do your swimmers a favor and get a reusable cup from stainless steel or glass - like a @kleankanteen or @keepcup - that won't harm your body or the planet.
As for recycling these cups... Ufff. Only about 1 in 400 actually gets recycled. On top of that, the mixed materials (paper and plastic) makes recycling these cups difficult and very energy inefficient.
Do your bit for the planet, the future of YOUR planet and bring a reusable cup. If you forget it, ask to sit in and have your cup in a real mug. Take a minute to breath, enjoy your day and relish in the good thing you just did for the environment - you deserve it!
Now go REFUSE those plastic coffee cups, you awesome people!
Everyday our actions make a difference. I didn't intentionally dedicate myself to going plastic free, it just kind of happened after getting fed up of hearing about our planet drowning in plastic.
Everyday I'm trying to make better choices, be more mindful, be a better role model. Bringing my own cup has been a funny little life changer. I don't always want to carry around a big heavy bottle, so I take advantage of getting my cup refilled wherever I can. People usually find it cute and odd and sometimes it sparks brilliant conversation. When you travel a lot, single-use plastic seems practically unavoidable - but there ARE things we can do to avoid it. Get a tin travel cup (it's a small investment and easy to carry) and see just how many water bottles and plastic drinking cups you save on.
Also, read this book by @_willmccallum it's got wonderful advise whether you're just starting your plastic free journey or have been on the wagon for a while <3 at London, United Kingdom
In January of this year, I came to Israel to live near my family for the first time in a decade. I've learned from years on the move, how invaluable my time is with them - with all the people I love. When you live a nomadic life, it's an inevitable truth that your heart will always be missing someone somewhere.
While I've never actually wanted to live in Israel, this has been the most incredible 8 months. Not only did I get to spend every day with people I love, I gained a family and a community through Plastic Free Israel. It was an initiative I started, somewhat selfishly, just to give myself an outlet for an issue that was very important to me: plastic pollution. It turned into this wonderful community, 4,000 strong and growing, who are my motivation to make the world a better place.
There are two people that I'm so incredibly grateful for: Evelyn & Annabelle. These girls came to my very first cleanup and have remained by my side ever since. This journey wouldn't have been what it was without them.
Likewise, I'm so grateful for all the other beautiful souls I've met along the way who's kindness and support is both heartwarming and inspirational.
Last night we had my last Plastic Free Israel cleanup for a while. I'm so incredibly touched by all the volunteers who came to our 3 cleanups this weekend and every other event since we started 6 months ago. Thank you, to all wonderful the people who spend their free time trying to clean-up the planet and make the world a little healthier and more beautiful for everyone - you give me hope.
Last night, 60 amazing volunteers helped pick up over 15,000 cigarette butts in just an hour - among other single-use plastics. It's no wonder cigarettes are the most abundant piece of marine debris on the planet. While yes, part of me says... Imagine how many more are out there? The other part of me says - look at this amazing thing we've done! Plus, I got to do this with my favorite sidekick ever :) Tonight - I'm off to London, to start the next chapter of my journey. My heart so full of love.
If I could, I would marry the sea.
This morning I walked a popular beach in Haifa, Israel and found an endless line of trash along the shore. Abandoned shoes, beach chairs, children's toys, cigarette butts, lighters and an array of single-use plastics - silverware, bags, straws, cups, plates, bottles and coffee cups. The forks broke me. In one spot, I found 72 of them, mostly unused. After collecting them all, I found the bag they came in, with another 13, brand new, buried slightly in the sand.
Clearly, one group of beach-goers was responsible for this mess. Perhaps, even one person. Further proof that each one of us makes an impact with our actions - it's up to us to make them positive or negative.
Plastic pollution is choking our planet. It's killing thousands of marine animals every day, it's changing the chemistry and dynamics of the ocean we depend on, it's polluting the water we play in, the water we drink.
Plastics don't ever just "biodegrade" and disappear, they stay on the planet forever in the form of microscopic plastics - microplastics.
These are found in evening from tap water to bottled water to beer and table salt. We don't know the full extent of the damage they do, but we know they can be deadly to marine organisms that filter feed and that in the human body they can mimic estrogen and lead to an array of developmental problems - including infertility in men. Microplastics come from larger plastic objects that are breaking down in the ocean from years in the sun and salt water - like these forks.
They say there are now more microplastics in the ocean than stars in our galaxy.
It's all traced back to us, humans. We created plastic, we created this mess and it might very well destroy us if we don't do something about it.
Be mindful of how you dispose of your waste. Be mindful of what products you buy to begin with. Pick products made of natural materials, linen, organic cotton, metals, glass, wood and other plants. Repurpose and reuse as much as you can. Have recycling be the last option on your list. And while you're at it, pick up some trash!
My heart bleeds blue and green
Today it bleeds for things unseen
For it's the invisible things that truly matter at Florida
Digging into lunch like... Mmm, plastics.
Did you know that over 1,000,000 sea birds and 100,000 marine animals die every year from plastic ingestion? Animals can't tell the difference between a piece of plastic or a tasty meal. For millions of years the stuff didn't exist on the planet and now it's everywhere. Whole pieces get ingested by animals or shredded into smaller parts, eventually they break down until microplastics - they never actually go "away". Researchers estimates that if you eat seafood in the Mediterranean, you're likely to ingest about 11,000 microplastic particles a year. In California and Indonesia 25% of fish in markets have tested positive for microplastics. Other studies found 90% of bottled water to contain microplastics and a new pilot study found microplastics in 100% of human feces samples. Yowza.
Anyway, why should we care about the sea turtles and the dolphins eating plastic? It's not like we eat them! But the fact is all our water systems are connected. If we pollute our rivers, our seas, our oceans, we pollute the water we drink and we pollute ourselves. Microplastics in the body are linked to developmental problems in children and infertility in adults, plus they are known to attract other chemicals that are carcinogenic.
So make your next meal plastic free. Bring reusable bags to the market, get yourself a reusable coffee mug and water bottle, arm yourself with some @togoware for when you're out of the house. There are simple changes we can make to help preserve the life of other animals and our own health!
It's never too late to start. Join @plasticfreejuly for ideas or do a #2minutebeachclean or #5minutebeachcleanup like we did here. All the plastics in this photo, bowl and silverware included, were found on a south Tel Aviv beach in just a few minutes!
If you're in Israel, come join us at @plasticfree.Israel and connect to others around the country trying to make a difference.
Together we can #beatplasticpollution at Tel Aviv, Israel
Summers are for beaches, beach cleanups, and bracelets made of recycled ocean debris.
Been finding new favorite places
Cellphones not allowed
The mermaids don't allow it
Last night I dreamt of the watery depths of the oceans
Of toothy, great giants
And electric-colored creatures
In a magical, space-like world
And it was in trouble
In reality, almost HALF of marine life has disappeared over the past 40 years. Much of this is loss of life is related to human development. Plastic pollution, overfishing, agricultural/chemical pollution, coastal development and man-driven climate change are the big players in this sad truth.
To find out more and learn how to become a conscious consumer at great organizations like @5gyres @plasticpollutes and @oceana
And if you can get your hands on this months @natgeo (that isn't wrapped in plastic) it's a great read.
I don't do the straw thing very often but when I do, I make sure it's plastic-free, like this beauty from @simplystraws 😍
Plastic straws are just ONE example of unnecessary, single-use plastic products that pollute our oceans, harm animals and destroy beautiful, natural habitats. So ditch your plastic straws, shopping bags, plastic silverware and drinking cups, coffee cups and lids and get your reusables, people! You'll save money, keep animals from getting hurt, protect the environment and look super cool all at the same time! It's a win-win-win-win-win-win situation (trust me, I'm a scientist)!😄😏 at Tel Aviv, Israel
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