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I’ve always lived in coastal cities - Mumbai, Los Angeles, Singapore - and that’s why the oceans have been so important to me. And why plastic pollution really frustrates me. It seems like such a giant problem - tonnes and tonnes of plastic that will stay in our oceans and lands forever, choking turtles, being ingested by fish whom we in turn eat, suffocating our lands, leaking microplastics into our food chain - with no easy solution. And I think that’s true to an extent. Living in an urban city, it’s hard to rid your life of single-use plastic. It’s everywhere from takeout boxes and coffee cups, to water bottles and shopping bags, wrappers and straws. I’ve wanted to do something about this for a while - change something about my lifestyle, make a difference in some way. It’s been easy to get a refillable water bottle, buy a reusable coffee cup, and stop using straws.
But I wanted to take a bigger step. So I decided to stop using disposable sanitary napkins and tampons. Instead, I use a menstrual cup. It’s made of silicone, is easy to use, is reusable for years and is even more hygienic and kinder to my body than disposable alternatives. This simple change helps keep a large amount of plastic waste out of landfills and oceans. I hope that more girls take up reusable alternatives and dispel any myths about them being harmful or difficult to use. It’s been over 15 months since I made the switch, and I’m happy to say I’m never going back!
I believe we are all on this planet to make an impact and to create a difference.Often we don't realize how fortunate we are to have water when we open our taps or to not spend our nights in darkness with no electricity. These are things that we sometimes take for granted. Having travelled around the world and being associated with WWF Nepal as the Young Conservative Ambassador in 2010, I realize that we need to own up to our actions and understand that the Earth is our home.
So how can we as individuals take a step to protect what is ours?
Here is my promise - to use wisely any resource that this earth provides. My family and I make sure we recycle and reuse as much as we can. My dad and I are very fond of gardening and we make our own compost from household waste; a means to #connect2earth in the literal sense! As simple as it may sound, I feel this creates our own small ecosystem to support insects and birds with whom we share our space. I also harvest rainwater in our house and use the collected water to water the plants and wash our clothes. By being mindful of less to zero waste, I feel I am able to inculcate the value of sustainable living.
My actions might not speak volumes but they can add up if we are in it together. Just like Earth Hour that harnesses the power of the individual.
I have always been inspired by the power that we have as individuals to make a change, and Earth Hour was just one great reason to channel that power into action.Organizing the largest collective environmental movement in my country helped me realize that the Earth is not only a home to us, humans, but to millions of other species and that we need to restore the balance between the biodiversity for the positive future of our shared home.
My story with Earth Hour starts with my passion for journalism - ever since I started writing about Earth Hour, I was thrilled with the idea of millions of people around the world, uniting for a cause and turning off the lights in one hour to send a visual, symbolic message of their commitment towards the planet. I never thought I could be a part of a global movement, but that is the uniqueness of Earth Hour, it is a movement that spreads across the world, yet, anyone, anywhere, can join, spark awareness and take action!
As editor-in-chief in the editorial desk I have been working on this years, many things have changed since we joined the Earth Hour. We have become a paperless company, meaning that paper is used only if is really needed. We have encouraged people to use public transportation to go to work, especially in those days when Skopje, our capital, has high level of air pollution (did you know that Skopje is one of the most polluted cities in the world?). Also, we have changed all our regular light bulbs with LED lights, making our office even more brighter, but in the same time using less electricity.
Together with the Earth Hour campaign in Macedonia, we were able to give educational institutions and individuals sets of LED light bulbs, we have planted thousands of trees, cleaned public spaces from garbage and spark awareness on climate change and biodiversity!
We connect to Earth everyday, that is why I am dedicating my hour to Earth, the one home we all share, because every action counts!
In 2014 I was brought on to help a large government department here in Australia to think about the future of transportation. For more than a year I was delving into the behaviours and technology that drive our movements and activities along roads and highways. It really changed how I thought about and engaged with transportation - and the environment.
With my research highlighting how quick driverless and electric vehicles were becoming a reality - and not being too in love with my car at the time, which, to be fair, was in not too great a shape - I decided to try a personal experiment. I sold my car and made a commitment to public transport.
It helps that in my home city of Brisbane, Australia, buses run on natural gas.
Since ditching my car, I’ve not really needed it. Living inner city like I do, it’s pretty easy to get around without one. More importantly, this decision started to have rollover effects into other environmental decisions:
I replaced plastic shopping bags with reusable fabric bags and started carrying a nifty glass water bottle that I could top up rather than buying countless plastic bottles.
I am Anuram Chaudhary, and I come from a small village in Bardia in Nepal with my backyard home to the forests, tigers and rhinos of Bardia National Park.
Living in such proximity to nature has helped me understand the value of biodiversity from a very young age. I was in the second grade when I planted my first tree by choosing the best occasion for it – my birthday. To me, there is no better gift, for myself and for the planet, and I have been encouraging my friends and community members to do the same. Imagine the difference that this small act can create for the environment if we pool all our birthdays together!
33 trees later, I have found many more ways to connect to the environment along the way. While I understand that it is quite difficult to completely do away with plastic products, I make sure that I carry my own bag everywhere I go because of which I personally haven’t had to use a single plastic bag. I also use a bicycle to commute as I believe it keeps both me and the environment fit!
I feel we as individuals do not always need to think of big actions to make an impact. Any small but continuous act can spiral into positive change if many are in it together.
As with other youths, it was difficult for me to not fall into the black hole of fast fashion. Affordable and ever-changing designs – who wouldn’t be a fan?
In University, I joined a service-learning group called Atlas. In my second year, we looked into the ever-growing problem in our society – fast fashion. From the vibrant dresses that we strut down the streets into the textile dyed crop tops, we have no idea how much toxic chemical we are indirectly producing with every purchase. From increasing levels of textile waste to water pollution, I can go on and on about the detrimental consequences that fast fashion brings about. Clothes have long become disposables – like our plastic bottles and bags. We wear them once and they are instantly replaced with a new piece we snagged from a sale.
Together with my schoolmates, we worked with local community organizations like ‘Connected Thread Asia’ and ‘Swapaholic’ to promote sustainable fashion through initiatives such as clothes swaps and series of talks in participating schools. As an individual, I think THRICE before I shop. Also, my sisters and I donate our clothes to less-privileged families whenever we can!
When I was in Secondary 2, the school took my cohort on a beach cleaning expedition to East Coast. Each class made a team, and teams competed to see who could collect the most trash. The bags of garbage were weighed at the end of the hour or so that we spent combing the shoreline. My class only won because we found a brick… The next most memorable observation from that day was that we collected more straws than I had ever seen in one place — they made up the bulk of all the trash we had gathered. It was then that my eyes were open to how mindlessly we lay waste our environment to selfish convenience.
As I grow and learn more about my environment, I acquire a deepening consciousness about my own consumption and how I can be more considerate in these choices. For the first time in years, I own a refillable water bottle. I decline plastic bags at the supermarket and try as much as possible for whatever plastics I do use to recycle after. I don’t go through clothing as quickly as I used to — I’m wearing many pieces from my mother’s youth to avoid purchasing new items. Using takeout boxes and disposable beverage containers are bad habits I’m presently looking to change. It’s a work in progress, but the journey is very much eased by the knowledge that each effort will pay off, somewhere down the line.
I remember listening to my teachers talk about global warming in primary school, and it filled me with a sense of horror and urgency to solve this issue.
When I was ten, I owned a plant, Bryophyllum daigremontianum, or Mother of Thousands. This hardy succulent can propagate quickly from little plantlets grown on the rim of every leaf. I used to collect these plantlets from my plant, drop them into my neighbours’ flower pots and the park below my home. I would then watch with glee as they took over their given space, thinking I could help reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere through the succulents’ photosynthesis process. Though I laugh now when I think back on my naive ideology, I still try to reduce my carbon footprint by recycling paper, eating less meat and using reusable water bottles.
I think the mere act of visiting nature reserves helps us connect to Earth and consider environmental issues. It is sometimes hard to connect to nature in a city. Hence, I often bring friends and family on hiking trips in Singapore’s nature reserves. I believe once they see the brilliant blue flash of a kingfisher flitting through trees, the meandering hops of mudskippers on mangrove mudflats, or the majestic flight of a white-bellied sea eagle in an open sky, they will understand that nothing can replace the beauty our planet offers.
I am a renewable energy entrepreneur from Cameroon. I am the founder of Green Girls Organisation and the winner of the WWF Africa Youth Conservation Award. We are all about the pan African infiltration of renewable energy in African communities- working to teach girls how to generate renewable energy from waste and the sun. We look forward to a world where everyone has access to clean energy.
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Chaque année, la planète entière fait à l'unisson le compte à rebours jusqu'à l'événement Earth Hour et son action emblématique : l'extinction des lumières.
Mais c'est bien plus que cela. C'est un symbole d'unité. C'est un symbole d'espoir. C'est un symbole de puissance dans l'action collective en faveur de la nature.