When You Realise That Heart & Earth Have The Same Letters
“A lot of people have suddenly realised what deep, profound joy can come from witnessing the rest of the world - the natural world.” David Attenborough
Discovering the world around us …..
Ever since I can remember I have been fascinated by the world around us.
Any opportunity to explore was packed with curiosity and excitement!
In our family home growing up, my parents had a plethora of amazing encyclopedia's and atlas’s and I used to spend hours pouring over these, and especially those about the sea and everything within it.
When I was about 7, we moved to Carnoustie – it was amazing to live by the sea, with a fantastic beach and the best rock pools ever!
As a family, my parents, myself and my two younger brothers, we would go swimming in the sea in the evening – these fun adventures just made me love the sea even more!
The rock pools were fascinating – we would spend hours with a fish net and bucket, lying on the rocks, studying the pools!
Watching Jacques Cousteau was just the start – seeing for real in colour – We got a colour TV in 1971 so by the time I was allowed out of bed to watch, we had glorious technicolour!
My mum was without a doubt a great inspiration to all of us growing up, however her love of swimming in the sea and her fascination for “the deep” and everything that lived and lay under the surface was contagious and I definitely caught the bug!
"I think, because the oceans are so vast and because they are so mysterious, there is a sense that somehow they are untouchable, and that what we do on land cannot really alter them in any meaningful way. Not true, sadly." – David Attenborough
It didn’t just stop with the sea …..
Animals, insects, rain forests, jungles – you name it, I was fascinated.
Throughout my life, my interest in our planet continued to grow and it was all down to one man …..
From Life on Earth in 1979 right through to last month’s Life on our Planet I have always been fixated with David Attenborough.
Even his voice captivates me, like it does to so many.
I worry a lot about what is going to happen when David Attenborough is no longer with us – who is going to be the advocate for our planet?
During his lifetime, Sir David Attenborough, who is 94 years old, has seen first-hand the monumental scale of environmental change caused by human actions.
In A Life of our Planet, an absolute must watch for adults and children alike (available on Netflix), he reflects on the devastating changes he has witnessed and reveals how together we can address the biggest challenges facing life on our planet.
“Surely we have a responsibility to care for our planet. The future of humanity and indeed all life on earth, now depends on us.” David Attenborough
A Life on Our Planet
One man has seen more of the natural world than any other.
In his 94 years, David Attenborough has visited every continent on the globe, exploring the wild places of our planet and documenting the living world in all its variety and wonder.
Honest, revealing and urgent, DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: A LIFE ON OUR PLANET is a powerful first-hand account of humanity's impact on nature and a message of hope for future generations.
My greatest concern is that many people, as either a reaction of stupidity or of fear, feel that the problem is too big. The many people feel that there is no point in trying to change because they will have moved on from this life and so it is not something they need to be concerned with. This needs to change.
What we are doing to our planet is terrifying and we need to stop it now.
David Attenborough calls A Life in this Planet his “witness statement” as he tracks how the Earth has changed in his own lifetime, how humans have run rampage, how biodiversity and wildlife have suffered. And how, if we don’t change things, we will be the biggest casualties.
I cry, I cry for happy and sad times, I am not going to deny it, I actually cry at the drop of a hat! I am an emotional person!
Watching this documentary, I cried for the animals and for the ocean, I cried for the environment, the rain forests and the jungles, but most of all I cried for our children and our grandchildren – I kept thinking “How can we sit back and let this happen?”
We all need to do something and it needs to come from the governments and politicians around the world, right down to our children – we are all in this together and if we work together we can make this change.
There is hope …….
If we start to make changes now, then we can repair some of the damage we have made, and our planet will come back to life to serve future generations.
But what can we do?
We need to reduce waste – so what can we as individuals do?
These are 5 things that we are doing in our family to reduce waste and I wanted to share these to inspire you to do the same! We can do this together - we are all responsible for saving our planet!
5 simple ways to reduce waste in our homes
Switch off lights (don’t leave them on for aesthetic purposes), and turn off appliances, not leaving them on standby - replace your bulbs with LED bulbs, they burn less energy!
Hint: if you sign with Utility Warehouse for energy, they will replace all your bulbs with LED for free!
Don't Waste Food
Don’t over buy. Keep track of what you’ve bought and used. Before going shopping taking a ‘shelfie’ – a photo of your fridge and cupboards to remind you of what’s there.
Check the use-by dates of fresh food when you buy it. These are the dates to take notice of, rather than the best-before dates. Only buy what you can use before it expires.
Plan ahead. Think about what you’re going to cook and how you’ll use the leftovers.
Love your freezer. Use your weekends to batch-cook and freeze.
Cut Down on Plastic
Always take your own bags to the supermarket
Buy “loose” packaged food where possible – buy from local butchers, greengrocers and loose ingredients stores (some of them, and some supermarkets even let you bring your own containers)
Choose cardboard over bottles and bags
Get the plastic off your face – say no to exfloliators and products with plastic microbeads – choose sustainable products in fully recyclable packaging if need be.
Replace toxic cleaning products in plastic bottles with chemical free cleaning – give it a go – the results are amazing.
Replace wipes, cotton wool, tissues, kitchen towel, paper napkins, nappies and sanitary items, which all contain plastic, with reusable alternatives.
Rethink food packaging – ditch cling film, plastic food bags and foil, replace with lunchboxes, jars and containers.
Say no to straws
Regift and Reuse
Your “rubbish” is another person’s treasure – make use of furniture recycling centres, second-hand clothes shops and charity shops to dispose of your unwanted goods instead of throwing them out.
When you are looking for something new, consider pre-loved – there are amazing things thrown away every day that could be just for you!
Most banks have online banking and offer a paperless option for bank statements, saving a great deal of paper every month.
It's a small step but every little bit counts.
Another great way to save paper is to say no to flyers.
Simply put a note out that says “no flyers please” and the mail carriers will not deliver them.
If you still want to find out what the latest deals are, most places have online flyers that you can check out.
What are you going to do?
I know what I am doing ......
I am playing my part to ensure our planet survives for future generations.
Earth & Heart are the same to me - I hold the Earth in my Heart.
“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly, we need millions of people doing it imperfectly” – Anne Marie Bonneau
ENJO UK with Fiona Dalziel