Climate change scientist in the making
Zero-waste, veggo barefoot wanderer
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Just a girl and her dad on top of a mountain 🌞
The sun will set
Time will turn
But Petra will never leave your heart
OBSESSED with the colours of this place
This place feels like you're stepping back in time
Like a cross between the Flintstones and Planet of the Apes and The Martian
Like a mystical, magical two-dimensional movie set, you expect cardboard cut-outs at every turn, every twist of canyon and crevice of rock
But it's real
As real as the fire from the earth's core that paints the rocks red
The fire that has come to awaken your spirit
And fuel your burning desire
To go and see the world
Accept it. Burn. And never let the fire go out.
Don't mind me, I'm just chilling on this ol' rock here...
❤ Petra ❤
When you're caught somewhere between sea and sky
Picture perfect Portugal (aka where my head is at when I'm supposed to be writing coursework)
Open their eyes to the magic of nature and the kids will never look back, the world be alright
It's funny when people tell me to set up roots
Perhaps I am more rooted than you?
For I know my roots are from the earth
And that my soul belongs in the sea
And my leaves are high on the branches of a tree
That's thriving, even where it would not
That's broken free of cement and metal
Of society's demands that you "cannot" and "should not"
Perhaps, this is me, this tree
Glowing fiery red, in a world of cold, icy blue
And I feel the dirt of the earth hugging my roots, I am safe, grounded
So here's a thought - are you?
Haven't seen a place this blue in a while. Portugal, you have my <3
Salty air makes the best filter.
(Happy hump day, kiddies)
Got to see the brilliant Over Flow exhibit by @tadashi.kawamata at the MAAT in Portugal yesterday.
Tadashi and his team cleverly put together an entire sea of trash that's suspended from the walls using fishing net and wire. You enter the exhibit hall from above and see this giant, sobering wave of trash. Then you descend into it, beneath it... and it's another level of realizing what could be (and is becoming) of our oceans.
Millions of tons of plastic pollution enter our oceans every year. To be honest, the exact number doesn't matter, just know that it is too much. Every day hundreds of marine organisms encounter synthetic objects that are dangerous to their lives, the chemistry of the coral reefs is changing due to pollution and global warming, and the oceans are spitting back our trash at us all. Plastics make up 85% of the debris found on beaches worldwide (UN). There is nowhere for this plastic to go, we need to stop it at the source.
REFUSE single use plastic.
REDUCE your intake of plastics and just consumer goods in general - think, do you NEED this item before you buy?
REUSE what you can. Fix before you buy a new one, donate unwanted goods, buy things second hand. Give objects a new life.
RECYCLE - when you've used something as much as you can, put it back into the system. Realize that recycling is often actually "downcycling", it's creating a new product out of an old one but these products are often still meant to be thrown out in the end. For example, plastic bottles being made into plastic bags which then cannot be recycled and get tossed. Recycling, as we're doing it in most places currently, essentially just delays materials on the way to the landfill, and should not be seen as a solution but a last resort.
To really make a difference in this system, we need to stop producing new plastic. We need to stop wasting our world's resources on a material we already have too much of and help cleanup the mess we've made of our planet.
The moon, the sunset, and Somerset House at Somerset House
Looks: unreal. at London, United Kingdom
Skies desire clouds on fire
Souls crave hearts ablaze
Happy Sustainable Food Diet Day - aka World Vegan Day!
The problem when you start with the V word is that a lot of people roll their eyes and scroll past your post, but diet and food aren't something that I often touch on, so bare with me a few and let's try something new!
Let's talk about what we eat from a climate change perspective. You don't need to be an animal lover or a tree hugger to be a conscious eater. You need to be human. You need to want breathable air and clean drinking water.
Basic rights and needs that are threatened because of our mass consumption and draining of the world's natural resources. When we think about consumption, we think about phones and clothes and THINGS (which, yes, we also have an excess of) but we ignore our diets. We ignore the thing we consume most often: food.
We're so far removed from where our food come from (I don't think I've ever picked a carrot from the ground, though I eat plenty) that we don't consider the effect it has on our planet. So let's think: - more than 45% of the earth's total land is used for raising animals for food
- if this land was used for edible plants, we could feed 3.5 billion more people
- animal agriculture is responsible for 91% of Amazon destruction, which is a vital ecosystem that removes climate change-causing gases from the air
- a meat diet produces 6.5kg of CO2 (a greenhouse gas) per day, a vegetarian diet 3.8kg/day and a vegan diet 2.9kg/day
- a meat inclusive diet uses 1000 gallons of water/day whereas a plant-based diet uses 400 gallons/daily
- in fact, the water used to create one hamburger is equivalent to the water needed for 32 showers... So which would you rather give up?
There are many more facts and figures out there, but the numbers all point in the same direction: a plant-based diet WILL reduce your carbon footprint as an individual.
If you're not ready to give up meat for whatever reason, reduce, reduce, reduce your intake as much as possible and maybe next time you're about to order that steak, think about the supply chain and where all those resources to make that meat came from. Do you need it? Can you do better for the planet?
Kids are like sponges.
Teach them to love the earth, care for the planet, eat sustainably and they will carry those values through life.
We can choose to be selfish or we can choose to think about the billions of people whose lives are effected by our actions - whose futures depend on us making positive changes. We can pass on ideas of greed, consumption, negativity and discrimination, or we can teach future generations to love the planet and ALL its inhabitants as much as they love themselves.
When hearing that we're going to a clean-up, this little guy gets EXCITED: we're going to save the fish and the sea turtles from all that plastic! He wants to manage the volunteers and make sure everyone's getting ALL the trash - "I'll make sure everyone helps" he says. When walking in the street, he'll collect random pieces of plastic to bring home to me so I can recycle it and he'll tell a shopkeeper that we don't need plastic, followed by a thorough explanation of why it's bad for the environment. In this photo, he was in charge of collecting the cigarette bottle butts - so many "smokers" (as he calls them), he would say in bewilderment.
Kids are INCREDIBLE. Don't we owe it to them that their futures are incredible, too? That they have the same chance to swim with colorful corals and explore luscious rainforests... Or how about just basic needs like getting water safe for drinking or breathing clean air? All of these are at risk the way we are going with our planet. Already, these problems are real for millions.
What's it going to take for us to change our ways? Let's do it for the kids - for their future.
Why London? Why leave behind the beautiful beaches of Florida, the Philippines and Israel for a cold, wet, rainy, grey-skied city?
As a biologist, a nature enthusiast and someone who LOVES this planet we're on, I've come to realize: the best way for me to protect it, is from where the action is happening.
Climate change, plastic pollution and overfishing are 3 of the biggest threats facing our oceans, lands and even OUR lives. In Asia, I met entire villages who were struggling to find food for their families each day, I swam over what would've been pristine reefs that were completely degraded and bleached, I found plastics EVERYWHERE.
But the problems didn't start with these small communities or developing nations. The climate isn't changing because of people living locally off the land with the little resources they have. The world in its entirety, from pole to pole, is changing because of our industrialized development and mass consumption. We are wanting too much, making too much, destroying too much. And the planet's resources will run out, if we don't pollute ourselves into extinction prior.
Cities consume 75% of our global resources. In order to protect our environment, our planet, OUR futures, we need to make changes. Now, yesterday. We need economically and environmentally considerate sustainable cities. We need a circular economy of goods and to stop creating new things of new materials EVERY day. We need to stop buying online and rediscover locally made and sourced food and goods. We need to cut off our mass consumption at the tap.
And that is why I'm in London: to better understand and equip myself with the knowledge needed to make a difference, in one of the biggest, most industrious cities in the world. As you can see from the photo, it's terribly grey and rainy over here. 😏 visitors welcome.
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