Share the L.O.V.E
Happy Valentine’s Day from Propelair – today is a day celebrating all things love and romance around the world.
Many associate this with relationships, friendships, but we’re taking it one step further and want to spread it to showing the LOVE to our environment as well.
It’s the time, now more than ever, to really put thought into your habits and day-to-day routine, which may affect the climate in a negative way.
Now, we aren’t here to preach but simply want to share our knowledge and simple pointers which are easy to change and introduce in your lives, just as we are trying to in ours.
Many sit there and go ‘well if I do this slight change, what is it really going to do to make a difference?..’, but then if many other people think like this they wouldn’t realise just how much of a difference their change would make in a month, year, ten years down the line…
This is why we thought of a simple and easy way to LOVE.
Low energy, energy-saving, energy-efficient, you may have heard of all these terms, which basically mean the same thing.
When we talk about low-energy, this could be by investing in energy-saving products or solutions, which could be everyday appliances such as fridges, washing machines or microwaves.
Due to recent sustainability targets being implemented worldwide, it is now expected that new products on the market operate at the higher end of the energy-efficiency scale, than older models previously were. This scale ranges from Grade A+++ (most efficient) – Grade G (least efficient).
A lot of consumers already realise the benefits of investing in newer, more efficient products such as this, as they see the great potential for money-savings in the long-term.
You can find out more information on this topic here:
Organic is a word that when many of us hear about it, we end up rolling our eyes and shutting off. However, through research for this particular blog it is actually astounding how by adopting organic products and a more organic way of living into our lives, could really help out and contribute positively to the environment.
A brief summary explained by Naomi Zimmerman, an Environmental Science and Economics student at Barnard:
‘Food systems are the largest contributor to environmental degradation. The production, transportation, and consumption of food on a planet containing over 7 billion people is incredibly carbon intensive. Agriculture contributes to a third of the global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions due to land conversion. Additionally, global food output is expected to double by 2050.
Organic food is grown without synthetic inputs such as chemical pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Organic farms instead use natural approaches and fertilizers, such as crop rotation and manure, to control pests, diseases and weeds. This minimizes the exposure of farm workers, consumers, and the environment more broadly to harmful pesticides.’
Our organic point then goes into our next action which is..
Both the organic and vegetarian reasoning’s correlate, as ultimately it comes down to the process in which food is handled, made and transported which then offsets into the atmosphere, either positively or negatively.
Nobody is saying you need to cut meat out completely – however, in the ‘Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems: Food, Planet, Health by the EAT-Lancet Commission, Prof. Johan Rockstroem PhD states:
“Global food production threatens climate stability and ecosystem resilience. It constitutes the single largest driver of environmental degradation and transgression of planetary boundaries. Taken together the outcome is dire. A radical transformation of the global food system is urgently needed. Without action, the world risks failing to meet the UN sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.”
But let’s help you understand how eating less meat can benefit YOU.
On medichecks Dr Natasha Fernando explained that through different studies, eating a vegetarian/vegan-style diet could:
- Help you get a lot of vital nutrients easily
- Reduce your risk of developing diabetes
- Help reduce your risk of heart disease and strokes
- Reduce your risk of getting some cancers
- Help your mood and reduce your stress levels
Along with several other factors.
So the simplest way you could implement little changes to contribute to the two above points is by possibly eating one less meat meal per day (we found a great website with really tasty meat-free meals here!) , or by buying a few organic products per week, such as eggs and vegetables.
This is a great excuse to practice some self-love and really look after your mind and body, as well as the climate!
“Transformation to healthy diets by 2050 will require substantial dietary shifts. Global consumption of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes will have to double, and consumption of foods such as red meat and sugar will have to be reduced by more than 50%. A diet rich in plant-based foods and with fewer animal source foods confers both improved health and environmental benefits.”
Prof. Walter Willmett MD
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Last, but not least we have..
This could be by being a bit more thoughtful in your day-to-day, or to stop yourself before you do little things you don’t realise are damaging to the environment, such as:
- Leaving the tap running whilst brushing your teeth
- Driving places which you could most probably walk to
- Leaving lights turned on when not in use
Ultimately, the little you changes, which could be once a week, which then turn into once-a-day will really benefit the environment later down the line, as well as benefit your health and mentality towards life.
It sounds silly but when you realise how much your action is positively contributing, it gives you a real feel-good factor.
Today is a day of celebrating receiving and more importantly, giving love.