Ep. 50 Environmentalism and Green Living || What can YOU do?

Ep. 50 Environmentalism and Green Living || What can YOU do?

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So, I want to hop into the topic today, rather quickly. Today’s topic was actually recommended to me – someone asked me to cover this topic – environmentalism, green living, and the horrendous fires that are happening in Australia. So thank you, Tarot Romance, for requesting this topic through Instagram. If you didn’t know, you can follow me on social media, send me messages and ask me questions.

Request for topics to be covered. I do take everything into account and I try to answer all questions as quickly and as accurately as I can. So, if you have a topic that you want to seek covered, send me a message, DM on Instagram, message on Facebook. You can even email me if you want to reach out to me that way. So, today we are going to be covering environmentalism and green living. Now, you might be asking me, but what does this have to do with paganism and being a witch? So,. it doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with being a witch. In my opinion though – and now, keep this in mind. I do not speak for all pagans. I do not speak for all paths. I cannot speak for all traditions. But within my tradition of Irish paganism, Irish spirituality, Celtic spirituality, I am very connected to the world around me and very connected to the spirit and the energy of Earth and nature and the energy of the planet.

Okay? In my opinion, as a pagan for me, it is very important for me to take care of the planet and do my part. Now I know not all pagans are like this and that’s totally fine. This just happens to be part of my specific belief system. But I do know that there are so many other pagans out there who do care for the environment and who environmentalism and green living is a part of their belief system and their practice. So I thank you again Tarot Romance for requesting this topic. It’s something that I’m really passionate about and I’m excited to talk about it. But first we need to talk about Australia. So, in the description and in the show notes, there are several links to all of my sources and there will be links – they’re not there yet, but I will or they’re not there yet for YouTube Watchers.

But I will put all of the links in the description for different charities and organizations that are doing what they can to help with disaster relief and fire relief and animals and people and stuff in Australia. So all of those links will be in the description, YouTube Watchers. And podcast listeners, they will all be in the show notes as well. So for what’s going on in Australia, if you didn’t know, Australia is on fire, like really, really bad fire. Okay. Let me open that up all the way. So some sources, I can’t find an exact date for when all of these bushfires started in Australia, but I do know that it’s been going on for several months. And there are two sides to this coin. Two sides to the people that are arguing about the fires in Australia. On the one side, you have people that are saying that climate change has nothing to do with the bushfires in Australia and that it’s all manmade.

And you know, the arsonists started the fire because there were people that were arrested for starting these fires, whether intentionally or not. I don’t know if I have that link, but I will find the link for that and I will put it in the description and in the show notes that said, I think 24 people had been arrested. But you’ve got the people who are saying that climate change has nothing to do with it. And then you have the people that are saying, yes, climate change has everything to do with it, and these fires are caused by climate change. So I want to give my opinion on this. I am not a climate change denier. I do believe that our climate is changing and that most of it is caused by the human species. But what does this have to do with the fires in Australia? So some of the sources that I read said Australia’s climate is the most susceptible, the most reactive, I guess. No, that’s not the right word. They’re the most, their climate is the most susceptible to change due to climate change. And we already know that Australia summers are typically dry and very hot. But with climate change that is becoming worse. It is getting hotter and the climate is getting drier and that creates the perfect environment for these fires to just explode. Okay. And you know, that’s…

And in a sense, the fires were manmade. Okay. They weren’t started by lightning. Nothing spontaneously combusted. They were started by man. They were started by the human species. Whether intentionally or not, this could be somebody actually lit a field on fire. It could be that someone flicked a lit cigarette and started a fire. You know, we’re not entirely sure at this point because Australia is still burning, but climate change does play a part in why these fires are so large and can become so out of control. And in November – I found a source that said that a catastrophic fire danger was issued in November and it’s the first time in the decade that that particular system had been in place that a catastrophic fire warning – or fire danger – had been issued. So there’s a lot of politics surrounding climate change in Australia right now. I am not from Australia.

I don’t know anything about the politics in Australia. I have read that the people in power in Australia are climate change deniers. But again, don’t quote me on that. I don’t have anything really to back that up because I’m not from Australia. I don’t live there. I don’t get their news information on a regular basis. So that is only hearsay, okay? But I have a quote here from one of my sources in the description and in the show notes that says, “About 10 million acres have burned in new South Wales destroying nearly a thousand homes around 90 fires are currently raging in this state with about three dozen more to the south in Victoria. In total roughly 12 million acres have been burned by the fires. By comparison, about 1.9 million acres burned in the 2018 fires in California. Those fires, which were the state’s most destructive, killed about a hundred people.”

And then according to the United Nations Association of Australia, “Australia is one of the few places severely affected by climate change due to the nature of their long, hot and dry summers.” So as far as the, affect that these fires are having on humanity – I know at least 20 people have died due to these fires and there is an estimated 500 million plus animals and wildlife that have been affected. Obviously that’s an estimation, but according to sources, that is an estimate on the lower end of things and that they, they estimate that by the time the fires are over and when they can get the fires put out, that number is going to significantly climb because of the fires and the dangers. Now this isn’t to mention the fact that the smoke and the ash from these fires is clouding the skies in Australia and making the air quality horrific. And smoke has been traveling away from Australia to other places.

So, these fires are huge. They’re very large and they are affecting a large number of people. And in my opinion, this can be prevented. Now obviously it can be prevented by people not starting fires and actually following the laws and not flicking their cigarettes, you know, out the window as they’re driving down the highway. But we can prevent this culmination of the perfect environment for these fires to flourish. And that happens through science and education and doing what we can to protect the environment and reduce the greenhouse gas effect and make the environment better so that we can stave off climate change so that it doesn’t get worse. Okay. So how can you help the people in Australia? You can, again, if you can’t donate to one of the organizations that are going to be listed in the description and in the show notes, spread the word let people know that this is happening.

I’m not going to lie. I didn’t know that Australia was on fire until a couple of weeks ago and Australia has been on fire for months. Now I’m in the United States and – it’s a completely separate topic – but for the United States being as like, worldly as they are, we don’t know anything about the world around us because we’re not told, you know. We have to go searching for that information on our own. And I find a lot of this information through social media, like Twitter and Facebook and places where these, you know, we can come together as a planet and share information. So yeah, spread the word. Do your research on climate change, on the environmental impact of the things that you’re doing. And if you can, donate monetarily to help Australia out. If you can’t just spread the word, put these links out there for people that can help or that do want to help in one way or another. So, let me calm down here for a second.

So as a witch, as a pagan or no, as a witch, how can you help? So I know not everybody watching this is going to practice witchcraft. I know a lot of the people that do watch this do practice witchcraft or they’re just pagans in general. But as a witch, if you want to help, what are some specific things that you can do? I have a couple of ideas written down here in my notes. The first one is to practice some form of weather magick. Now that’s up to you if that’s something that you want to do. I personally don’t like to mess with the weather. And I know if you’re part of any social media groups or pagan Twitter or anything like that, you’ll know that there are a bunch of other witches out there who are doing what they can to try to affect the weather to make the environment better for those fighting the fires on the ground. However, you’ve got to be careful with weather magick because I read that Australia is also prone to flooding. So if you’re trying to bring rain and you’re doing it and then 50 other people over here are doing it too, you know, it could have a catastrophic effect. But if you are confident in your weather magick abilities, by all means, pray for rain.

Something else that you can do is protection magick. Magick and spells to help protect the wildlife, to help protect the people, and to help protect Australia as a whole. Okay? That is one of the easier things that you can do. You know, if you have any sort of rituals or spells or particular beliefs about how to cast protection magick, I do recommend doing that to the best of your abilities and encompass the entirety of Australia. All of the people, the wildlife, the climate, the land, the spirits, everything in Australia. If you can do the protection magick, I highly recommend it. Something else that you can do is if your particular tradition has anything to do with any deities or Gods and Goddesses, maybe ask them for their guidance and their help too. You know, ask for their help, protecting those involved and maybe to help the people on the ground fighting the fires, give them the strength and the courage to face these fires head on and do all they can to help put the fires out.

Because that is a dangerous job and I have much respect for those people that are down there trying to put out those fires because I couldn’t do it. I’m not going to lie to you. So if you work with deities, ask for their help, ask for their assistance, ask them to lend you the power and the guidance to do what you can to help the people involved. My last idea that I have written down here is perform spells for truth. Now in performing spells for truth, what I mean by that is to encourage those in power and those involved in any of the decision making for the country, to see the science and see the truth and the fact of what’s going on with climate change and how climate change is affecting the country and the world. You know, it’s not necessarily a spell for them to tell the truth.

I mean, maybe they do need to tell the truth. Maybe they’re lying to themselves, but for them to see the truth and to see how their actions are affecting the people that they govern. Now, I don’t have any particular spells off the top of my head. I don’t have any links for spells. I do always recommend writing your own spells. And those are just some basic ideas to really get you started in helping Australia to the best of your abilities. So on a smaller scale, there are things that you can do that might have a small impact when it’s only you doing it. But it is important in the grand scheme of things. So I want to talk about green living. Green living is the idea of living your life as environmentally friendly as you possibly can. And I want to preface this with saying that not everyone is going to be able to do all of the things that I say here.

Some of it’s not going to be possible for everyone. And that’s okay. I never want anyone to feel bad for not being able to do any of the things that I say here. Okay? That’s not my intention. And the best example of this is the issue with using straws in public. Okay? There are some conditions, some physical conditions that do not allow people to drink out of a glass or out of a cup. And they depend on the use of a straw. And now maybe they have a reusable straw and they just forgot it. So there are some people out there who physically cannot do these things. And that’s okay. But the main idea behind green living is being conscious of the choices that you make and how they can affect the world around you. And that means like locally as well as globally.

And for me, sometimes it can be very daunting. It can be very challenging to think like, you know, I got this cup at Walmart several years ago. But you know, where did it come from and what process did it have to go through to get to me? Okay. So green living means being conscious of your choices, being conscious of your emissions, your carbon footprint. It means buying local food when you can, or buying anything local when you can, because that does reduce the environmental impact on, you know, with freight. And how did those food products get to you? You know. And green living also means that you need to reduce your consumption and your waste, and you need to reuse things that no longer serve their original purpose. You need to recycle the things that you no longer use. And I have a quote here from an article, and this is Starhawk speaking.

The article is called climate change, a moral imperative to act. She says, climate change calls us to become humble, a virtue. Most religions preach and a word which has the same roots as hummus, hummus, humus. I don’t know, I just completely screwed that up. We must literally return to earth, let go of our hubris and pride and begin to honor and respect those things that sustain our lives. When we do, when we work within nature and take natural systems as our teacher and model, we also find strong allies in some of the most humble creatures. To heal toxic soil, to restore fertility, to break down pathogens, bacteria and fungi are powerful helpers. The sun, the wind, falling water and moving tides can generate energy. Nature gives us all that we need and more to provide lives of abundance, balance, and beauty for all.

But she does not give us enough to waste or to satisfy endless greed or addictive need. So my screw up aside with that word there, I agree. And I feel like faith aside, religion aside, we can’t continue on this path that we’re going down as a species. We are using all of our resources and these resources don’t last forever. You know, something’s got to give eventually. And what’s going to happen is the earth is going to fight back. The earth has a natural system for sustaining homeostasis. So homeostasis is typically a word used when speaking about sickness in your body. So when your body is in homeostasis, you’re healthy, you don’t have a fever, you know your temperatures just right. Everything in your body is just right and it’s balanced. So, the earth and the ecosystem of our planet has a system for remaining in homeostasis.

And eventually something’s going to have to give and that system is going to kick in and the body of the planet is going to do what it needs to do to get rid of what is causing the planet to go out of homeostasis. Do you know what that is? Cause I do. It’s people, the human race has taken advantage of our planet, has used the resources as much as possible and the human race has no regard for the planet being here for our children’s children. Okay. And a lot of this, in my opinion, boils down to corporate greed and the need to just have more and more and bigger and just everything has to be bigger and better. Right?

We need to move away from that mindset. And I know I’ve talked about this before, is something I’m working on in my depth year. Move out of that mindset of consumerism and capitalism and out of the idea and the thought that you just need to have everything. Okay. And we need to move towards being more balanced, to only having what we need. And you know, there, there are circumstances where you can get something that you want. You know, we’re social creatures and we have hobbies and we have things like that. But what often happens is we get in frame of mind where we have to be on trend with everything and we are so scatterbrained as a species that we end up, we go and we get this thing because it seems really awesome and we want to try it out. And then a month or two later you give up on it because either you don’t like it like you thought you would or you got bored of it or you just bought it because it was on trend.

That’s a problem. And I really encourage all of you to think about the things that you buy before you buy them. And think about where they come from, what they’re made of, who made it, you know, where on this planet was that thing produced and what did it go through to get to you? So I want to talk about, too, some of the things that science says about climate change and environmentalism. Okay. So most of these quotes are from NASA. I do have some here from the IPCC, which is the International Panel of Climate… Oh, what is it? International. It’s a summary for policymakers, I know that, about climate. And that’s also going to be linked in the description and in the show notes, but the quotes that I have here – so some of them are from NASA. They say scientists attribute the global warming trend observed since the mid-20th century to the human expansion of the greenhouse effect. Warming that results when the atmosphere traps heat radiating from earth towards space.

On earth, human activities are changing the natural greenhouse. Over the last century, the burning of fossil fuels like coal and oil has increased the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide. This happens because the coal or oil burning process combines carbon with oxygen in the air to make carbon dioxide. To a lesser extent, the clearing of land for agriculture, industry, and other human activities has increased concentrations of greenhouse gases. Now according to the IPCC, and this is on page eight, which will be linked in the description and in the show notes, carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion and industrial processes contributed about 78% of the total GHG – greenhouse gas – emission increase from 1970 to 2010 with a similar percentage contribution for the period 2000 to 2010.

That’s a lot. Fossil fuel burning and industrial processes contributed 78% of the total greenhouse gases. That’s a lot. And then in its fifth assessment report the intergovernmental panel on climate change, a group of 1300 independent scientific experts from countries all over the world under the auspices of the United Nations, concluded there’s a more than 95% probability that human activities over the past 50 years have warmed our planet. 95% possibility that we are the cause of what’s going on. Okay, that’s a problem. That’s a problem. And then Australian scientists estimate using trash collected on us coastlines during cleanups over five years that there are nearly seven and a half million plastic straws lying around America’s shorelines. They figure that means 437 million to 8.3 billion plastic straws are on the entire world’s coastlines. What can we do about it?

Keep in mind, like I said previously, not all of these things can be done by everyone and that’s okay. At this point what matters is gaining knowledge about the environmental impact of our decisions and doing what we can to reduce our environmental impact. So one of the things that I am trying to join in my area, it’s taking a little longer than I wanted to, which I don’t understand, but it’s called the Buy Nothing Project and it’s a great way to reuse and recycle your stuff for free. So I’m going to read you this little snippet. This came off of their website and I have them linked in the description and in the show notes, but the buy nothing project says local groups form gift economies that are complimentary and parallel to local cash economies. Whether people join because they’d like to quickly get rid of things that are cluttering their lives or simply to save money by getting things for free, they quickly discover that our groups are not just another free recycling platform.

So, with the buy nothing project essentially, it’s – what I found is they’re groups on Facebook and you join the group and then you essentially exchange things. Like if you have something you want to get rid of, you post it here and say, hey, I have this thing that I’m no longer using, it no longer serves me. I would like to get rid of it. Does anyone want it? And then if somebody wants it they say, hey, yes I want it. Can I pick it up or do you deliver? Whatever. And then on the opposite end of that, if you are searching for something, maybe you want like a French press – coffee is on my brain right now. Maybe you want a French press and you see somebody that is giving away their French press because they don’t use it anymore.

Then you say, hey, I would like French press from you. And then you go get the French press. So it’s like trading, getting rid of the things that you no longer need and giving them to someone who can find value in them. Now if you don’t have a buy nothing project in your area, because they aren’t everywhere, then go along the lines of yard sales and thrift shopping. Do those things first instead of buying new. Because when you buy new, you are creating more waste and you are letting those companies know – you’re voting with your dollar, that you don’t care that, not that you don’t care that you’re voting with your dollar in the sense that you are going and you are spending money to buy something new and it doesn’t matter to you necessarily if the product is used. That’s really confusing.

You’re creating more waste when you buy new. Instead you can get the same type of product from a thrift store for less money and then it’s something that’s already out there in the environment that’s already gone through the process of packaging and shipment. Normally I have found in my experience that things that are in thrift stores tend to stay local to the area. So no shipping has to occur, and it goes back into the same community. So that is an effective way to reduce your waste, reuse objects and recycle things when you no longer need them anymore. One of the easiest things that you can do is to be more aware and mindful of your impact on your community and the world at large. This can require some research if you don’t have a lot of knowledge around this topic. However, the information is out there and most of it is not behind a paywall.

It is freely accessible to the general public, which is amazing. Now, some of it is very scientific and very scholarly. Some of it I can’t even understand because of the way it’s written. But the information is out there and you need to do your research to be as honest with yourself as possible. And I’ll give you an example. So my dad and I were recently talking – and I am a big proponent of reusable shopping bags. Okay? And he made the comment that it has been proven that the reusable bags can be worse for the environment. And now in my head I’m like, well immediately that doesn’t make sense to me because plastic goes, the landfill takes up to a thousand years or it can take up to a thousand years to decompose. How can the plastic bag have a lower environmental impact than a reusable bag? But if you think about the entirety of the environmental impact, and I’ll link to the article and the study that I found because he’s not wrong.

What they found is that the environmental impact for single use, if you were to just use both things one time, the environmental impact of the plastic bag was lower than the environmental impact of the reusable bag. And the material that that reusable bag was made from – the better quality I would say – so like regular cotton versus organic cotton – the better quality or the more organic the materials are, the higher the environmental impact for a single use. So what this means is, sorry, I’m talking a lot with my hands. What this means is that if you buy cheaply made cheaply produced reusable bags, they have the potential to have a higher environmental impact than a single use plastic bag. And this is due to the production costs, the shipping cost, manufacturing, all of that. If you were to take into account the entire process for creating each different kind of bag, just to use it one time, the plastic bag has a lower environmental impact.

But they did find that based on uses over and over and over again, that the reusable bag does end up having a lower environmental impact the more you use it. However, one study that they did found that you had to use that one reusable bag, like I don’t know, up to a thousand times for it to – for the pros to outweigh the cons. It’s hard to explain, but I will link that in the description and in the show notes and this is why I want you to be aware of your environmental impact because it might be more beneficial to have that single use bag and to use it over and over again depending on what it’s made from and where it comes from versus a plastic bag. But on the flip side of that, depending on where you are and your options, the plastic bag might be more environmentally friendly, which is counterintuitive.

But this is why it’s important to do the research and be aware of your impact and the way that things are made. Because you know, those reusable bags at Walmart that they sell for 99 cents? Those are cheaply made, very cheaply made, and you buy one for a dollar and you use it a couple of times before it rips. Guess what? That has not met the threshold for breaking even of its environmental impact. And that’s not good. So if you’re going to buy reusable bags, I recommend buying them either from someone who makes them locally, who sources their materials as local as possible and who makes them from quality materials that the bags aren’t going to rip. So for example, I make them. I crochet them. I have produce bags available right now that I’m making. And if you crochet yourself, the pattern is available on my website for free, by the way, so you can make your own.

I’m also in the process of making my own pattern for larger reusable grocery bags out of cotton yarn. The cotton yarn that I use is manufactured in Canada. So yes, it does have some environmental impact in regards of the creation and the shipping of the yarn to get to me. However, crocheted bags don’t have any seams, not typically. Not the way that I make them. There are no seams. So there is nowhere for that to rip apart and to come apart. So it’s made in a continuous round, a continuous either circle or whatever the shape is. So the quality of these crocheted items are better than the 99 cent bags that you can buy at Walmart. So be aware of the manufacturing process as much as you can and where your items are coming from. Something else that you can do depending on your location is to start a garden.

If you have an area where you can grow your own food, that is amazing. Now you don’t have to have a huge area in order to grow food. There are many things that you can grow indoors if you don’t even have a backyard. Now I have several planters, but there’s currently snow on the ground here where I am and I am not actively growing anything in my garden because everything is frozen. But see what you can grow indoors, see what grows well in your area. And it’s a good way to not have to go buy all of your food and it really connects you to the land and the energy of the land and the spirits of the land in your area when you can grow your own food. And it’s more rewarding and it has less of an environmental impact than going to the grocery store and buying all of your produce after it has been shipped all over the world.

Something else you know, reduce, reuse, recycle. As a kid I was told reduce, reuse, recycle. These are the three Rs and they are typically taught to children. They are taught as like the only thing that you need to do to be environmentally friendly. And I disagree. It’s a good starting point and they are good practices to have, you know, reduce your waste, reuse items that can be reused, recycle the things that no longer serve you or that can no longer be used. But I would use that as a jumping point for if you are wanting to become more ecofriendly and do what you can for the environment. Start with the three Rs and grow from there. Something else you can do if you have this capability is to walk instead of drive. Now again, like I said, not everyone can do this and that’s okay.

So right now, outside it’s like 20 something degrees where I live Fahrenheit. If it were to rain it would snow. So it’s cold. And I live about five miles, five, six miles from the closest average grocery store. From Walmart. I live about six miles from Walmart. Okay. And it’s not flat land. It’s hills and valleys and windy roads. And there’s no sidewalks because it’s a highway. So if I’m going to go to the store, I have to drive because I can’t walk those five miles uphill, downhill, whatever, no sidewalks. It’s not safe. Okay? But if I have the option to walk somewhere instead of drive, then I will, because walking’s good for you, for one, if you have the ability to walk. And for two, it then reduces the emissions that are put into the air from a fuel, a vehicle that runs on fuel.

If you have an electric vehicle, I would still suggest walking instead of driving. Because when you have to charge your car, you are using excess energy, but totally at your discretion. If you don’t want to walk, maybe you have a bike. If you don’t have either of those capabilities, then you have another option available to you as public transport. You know, when more people use the same thing for transportation, it cuts down on the emissions from the single vehicles that would normally be on the road. And it makes the air quality better and it cuts down on those emissions. So if you have that capability, then I would definitely take advantage of it. Now one of the last things that I, that I just – is the most important is do your research. You can’t let your own bias get in the way because I’ll be the first to admit to you when my dad made the comment that the reusable bags are worse for the environment than plastic, I was irritated. I was like, how can that be possible?

You know, you’re wrong. Okay? But I did my research and he’s not wrong in a sense, but you have to take everything into account. So if, with the plastic bag situation, if you are only using your reusable bag once, then yes, the plastic bag has a lower impact and depending on where you get your reusable bag, the environmental impact will take forever to balance out. However, that’s the example that I’m using to let you know that you have to do your research and you have to be unbiased about it. You have to be willing to change your opinion and your views based on the research and the evidence that is presented to you.

You can’t go into this completely, you know with your mind completely made up because the evidence changes. We have new data that comes out on a regular basis. Things are always changing, so you have to have an open mind when it comes to that. And I think it’s really important that you do your research and ask the hard questions and if possible, go to the people who have firsthand knowledge. You know, that’s why I linked the IPCC in the description and the show notes because it is a report that is written by the scientific leaders in our communities involving climate change. I know not everyone is going to be able to make sense of the report because I can’t make sense of the entire report, but I’m also not a scientist. Climate change is not my specialty. It is their specialty, and we need to listen to the scientists and listen to the evidence and the facts that are presented with an open mind.

So, you know, we only have one planet, okay? One planet. I know people are saying, but we’re going to live on Mars. Why are we going to move to another planet when we can’t even take care of the one we’ve got? And a lot of people, what I’m presented with is some people saying one person doing it is not going to change anything. And they’re right. You know, if one person and only one person was taking these steps to be more ecofriendly and do what they can for the environment, one person out of billions is not going to have an impact. However, it’s not just one person. And one person leads to two people, leads to 10 people, leads to hundreds, to thousands, to millions. We have to not be afraid to put our opinions out there and our voices and present the opposing side with facts on evidence.

One person doing what they can might not change anything but other people seeing that one person take care of the planet and take care of the environment and do what they can to make the world a better place? That has an impact. So if you’re the only person in your community who is taking steps to be eco-friendly, let it be seen. Don’t be afraid. Don’t fear judgment because no one else is going to know unless they see it happening. And this happens in my house. I live with my boyfriend, my daughter and my parents. We all, we share house and we’re a little community here. I am the only person in my home who advocates for these things. And when I do, I present evidence and fact based information. Now, since I’m a community, part of this little community here that I call my home, sometimes I lose. Sometimes my opinion or my voice isn’t enough to sway the other adults in the household to make a change. But sometimes it does. We no longer use paper plates. We no longer buy plastic water bottles. We no longer use plastic bags. We have reusable bags. And those little things add up. Because of one voice, there are now three other adults in the world who are actively participating in eco-friendly and green living practices.

That’s all it takes. So don’t think that you’re too small to make an impact. Don’t think that you’re too small to make a difference. And I will leave you with a quote the way my favorite eco-friendly, zero waste YouTuber ends her videos, I will leave her link in the description and in the show notes. “You cannot do all the good that the world needs, but the world needs all the good that you can do.” Thanks everybody for being here. Check out all of the links in the description and in the show notes. Check out Shelby’s channel because I learned so much from her. And I will talk at you guys next time.


This week’s topic is one that was requested through Instagram. I want to talk about environmentalism, the green-living movement, and how we can help those suffering in Australia.  

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All the places taking donations to help the firefighters, displaced people, injured and the dead, animals, etc. Please share and donate!!   


o The NSW Rural Fire Service: https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/volunteer/support-your-local-brigade
o The Country Fire Authority in Victoria: https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/about/supporting-cfa
o The Country Fire Service in South Australia: https://cfsfoundation.org.au/donate  


o Australia’s Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org.au/campaigns/disaster-relief-and-recovery-new-years-eve#donate
o Vinnies disaster appeal: https://donate.vinnies.org.au/appeals-nsw/vinnies-nsw-bushfire-appeal-nsw
o The Community Enterprise Foundation, a collaboration between the Salvation Army and Bendigo Bank disaster appeal: https://www.communityenterprisefoundation.com.au/make-a-donation/bushfire-disaster-appeal/
o Foodbank helps get relief for communities cut off from power and food.: https://www.foodbank.org.au/support-us/make-a-donation/donate-funds/?state=nsw-act
o Givit accepts donations of items or money: http://www.givit.org.au/  


o The RSPCA bushfire appeal is used to protect the pets, livestock, and wildlife affected by bushfires, helping evacuate animals from disaster zones: https://www.rspcansw.org.au/bushfire-appeal/
o The World Wildlife Fund provides emergency care during bushfires, particularly to koalas: https://donate.wwf.org.au/donate/2019-trees-appeal-koala-crisis#gs.pw3oq8
o The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital searches for and protects the koalas in the region: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-thirsty-koalas-devastated-by-recent-fires
o WIRES is an Australia wildlife rescue organization: https://www.wires.org.au/donate/ways-to-help  

If you can’t donate please help and raise awareness.   


o Shelby @ Shelbizzle: https://www.youtube.com/user/Shelbizleee  


o https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/01/world/australia/fires.html
o https://www.unaa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/UNAA-Climate-Change-Position-Paper-2019-1-1.pdf
o https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/22/australia-bushfires-factcheck-are-this-years-fires-unprecedented
o https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/25/factcheck-why-australias-monster-2019-bushfires-are-unprecedented
o https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/11/what-are-the-links-between-climate-change-and-bushfires-explainer
o https://www.greenamerica.org/green-living
o https://climate.nasa.gov/causes/
o https://www.ipcc.ch/site/assets/uploads/2018/02/ipcc_wg3_ar5_summary-for-policymakers.pdf
o https://phys.org/news/2018-04-science-amount-straws-plastic-pollution.html  


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