FIVE GOOD THINGS

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NOVEMBER 2018

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Quit this

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Watch this

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Use this

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Sign this

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Think about this

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Quit this

It's time to ditch cow's milk. Dairy cows spend most of their lives in feces-caked sheds where disease is rampant. They're forcibly impregnated, their babies are taken away and, when their exhausted bodies can no longer provide enough milk, they are sent to slaughter and ground up for hamburgers. The average lifespan of a cow is 20 years but dairy cows live only an average of 5 years.

What can I do to help?

Swap your cow's milk for any of the other many varieties of milk. My favourite is Oatly's Barista Version in my coffee but there are almond, soy, rice, coconut and a gazillion other options of milk.

How much time will it take?

Might take a few tries to pin down the variety you like best.

Further reading:

12 Reasons to Stop Drinking Cow's Milk

Give up dairy to beat cancer

 

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Watch this

Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970, leading the world’s foremost experts to warn that the annihilation of wildlife is now an emergency that threatens civilisation.

“We are sleepwalking towards the edge of a cliff” said Mike Barrett, executive director of science and conservation at WWF. “If there was a 60% decline in the human population, that would be equivalent to emptying North America, South America, Africa, Europe, China and Oceania. That is the scale of what we have done.”

What can I do to help?

Watch this and think about what you could do to re-connect with nature.

How much time will it take?

About 90 minutes.

Further reading:

Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970

Watch on Netflix

 

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Use this

Ecosia is a web search engine based in Berlin, Germany, which donates 80% of its surplus income to non-profit conservationist organizations, with a focus on tree planting. Ecosia considers itself a "social business", is CO2-neutral and is certified by B-Lab as a benefit corporation. According to Ecosia, over 41 million trees have been planted with its support as of October 2018.

What can I do to help?

It's as simple as can be. Just use Ecosia as your default search engine.

How much time will it take?

About 30 seconds to switch to Ecosia.

Further reading:

Switch to Ecosia

About Ecosia

 

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Sign this

Companies Total and BP want to drill for oil on the northern coast of Brazil, near the Amazon Reef.

An oil spill threatens the Amazon Reef and the people living in the region.

What can I do to help?

Sign this petition.

How much time will it take?

Thirty seconds.

Further reading:

Why The Amazon Reef Is Important

Coral Reef Restoration

 

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Think about this

Did you know that you can buy wigs for babies? How many other absolutely bloody useless items can you think of that precious resources and time have gone into creating? As George Monbiot writes, "Every year, clever new ways of wasting stuff are devised, and every year we become more inured to the pointless consumption of the world’s precious resources. With each subtle intensification, the baseline of normality shifts. It should not be surprising to discover that the richer a country becomes, the less its people care about their impacts on the living planet."

What can I do to help?

Read this article and think about your lifestyle. How much crap do you buy that you really, really don't need?

How much time will it take?

A few minutes to read the article and months or even years to change your lifestyle. 

Further reading:

#extremecivilisation

 

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