The Top 5 Ways To Literally Save The World
Wednesday the 5th of June was World Environment Day: a day when, all across the world, governments, businesses and individuals take great big new steps in the battle for Planet Earth, changing the way they do things to make sure that this silly little ball that we roll about on doesn’t fall to pieces. Here at Strike, we’re all about good things, so two weeks after W.E.D here are our Top 5 Ways You Can Literally Save the World.
1. Plant Trees
Before the metaphorical bulldozer of Mankind came through with his literal bulldozer and crushed everything in his way, the Earth was a haven of green, orange and brown in the form of trees. They kept weather reasonable, provided a home for critters and turned the soil into a rich bed of yummy nutrients. Nowadays, somewhere between 3 and 6 billion trees are destroyed every year. BUT, according to the very popular website forums.gardenweb.com, it only takes “maybe around half a day, depending on smoke breaks” to plant a tree. So, depending on smoke breaks, if every person in the world (maybe discounting 1 billion who are young, lazy children) was to plant just one tree, we could have the world sorted by lunchtime.
2. Eat Your Damn Food
The theme of this World Environment Day is Think.Eat.Save, which is all about food wastage. Every year, 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted. This can range from farmers losing a crop and throwing away entire fields of vegetables, to supermarkets ordering more food than they can sell, to people like you and me thinking we want to upsize our meal, and then getting full and throwing it out. The sad part about all of this, is 1 in 7 people in the world go to bed hungry, because they can’t afford to eat. So whether you’re a farmer, supermarket ordering person or you and me, we can all make an effort to curb this pretty woeful trend, even if that means just finishing your meal. Or maybe, don’t order a large in the first place, you fatty (who am I kidding, I’m talking about myself).
3. Walk EVERYWHERE
The invention of the car was pretty good, as far as inventions went. It meant that no longer did you have to walk from Melbourne to Sydney when the Swans played at home, which saved a huge amount of time and condensed the AFL season down into just one year per season. But the problem is, the car, and by association, every other form of motorised, petrol-fueled transport, have really hurt the Earth. They produce all sorts of nasty gasses, and old mate Planet Earth can’t take it anymore. SO, it’s time to get back to the old ways. Walking not only helps the world, but it will keep you healthy and wise, and give you plenty of time to think about how those Swans are doing.
If you’re like me, and you probably are, because you’re reading this so that makes you cool, and I’m definitely cool, then you are terrified by recycling. It’s so tricky to figure out what counts as recyclable, and everytime you throw something out you’re like, “is this hard plastic or soft plastic? Does it matter that half my meal is still in here? A Paddle Pop stick is recyclable right? It’s made of wood!”, and it all becomes too much so you don’t bother. Except that I’m not like that at all, because I’m cool, and recycling is really very simple. Every recycling bin has instructions on it, so just follow those damn instructions and be cool like me. Jeez.
5. Don’t destroy the environment
It’s one thing to get you to do all of the above to make the world a better place, but if you are really really lazy and the thought of planting a tree makes your skin crawl, then the very least you can do is not make things worse. Don’t spill oil into the Gulf Of Mexico, or light a giant forest fire, or transport fruit flies all over the country, or let your pets go feral, or cause the complete and utter destruction of Planet Earth. Because I’ve seen the Day After Tomorrow, and as much as I want to go on a snow adventure with Dennis Quaid, I like the world, and if everything is fine, then me and Dennis can just go skiing instead.