Planetary Murder — And You Are the Killer

What you are doing to the environment is as good as committing first-degree murder

Climate change. It has been ignored under the COVID mask of 2020.

We have been so rightfully focused on the pandemic; we have barely taken notice of the planet self-combusting around us.

Anemic-looking polar bears searching hopelessly for some much-needed nutrition, unable to get any.

Their ribs protruding, knowing their days are numbered due to the fact the habitat in which their prey live is near gone.

This is not the byproduct of constant poaching or hunting, oh no.

This is on you.

You may be surprised at the number of reasons you are contributing to climate change and global warming, and you are frightfully responsible. And while we have been warned by scientists and activists alike, we have been faced with conflicting information.

In this hellish Trump-onian era of climate change denial, more so from the ‘Commander’-in-Chief himself, it is hard to believe who is fearmongering and who is telling the truth. We live in a society where people take bravado and ego more seriously compared to degrees and education.

In Europe, more sturdy leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, “global efforts to combat climate change were insufficient” and that she would accelerate the fight to combat it in coming years. In Scotland, a world leader in tackling climate change, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon declared a ‘climate emergency.’

But even in countries with solid leadership, you get the deluded, dreaded climate change deniers there.

At this point, the climate deniers will have closed this article and began an angry, infuriated rant on Twitter.

So, while our lovely friend is away seething, why don’t we tell you about a few ways you are contributing to climate change? But we are not here to berate you, we will also give you some tips on how you can stop this!

1. By not recycling!

This is the simplest one, since you have had the importance of recycling drilled into your head during your formative years.

We all know the drill: plastics, cardboard and glass all require to be recycled separately to be effective and allow them to be reused.

But in our busy lives, do any of us have time to recycle? Probably not.

U.S. PIRG did a survey which found “94 percent of Americans support recycling and 74 percent say it should be a priority, the national average recycling rate is only 34.7 percent.”

So, it is very much a case where we do not practice what we preach. And it is understandable. We recycle but do not see any immediate change, humans thrive on quick, short-term gratification. But like a cancer, the consequences of not recycling come much slower.

We might not see any of the symptoms, but when we do, we are generally running out of time. And we are already seeing the symptoms.

Recycling is generally a straight-forward affair too. By spending 10–15 minutes categorizing different types of waste and placing them into bags, you can easily take it all to your local recycling center during the week.

Furthermore, if you have curbside recycling, you can just recycle from the comfort of your own home! Curbside recycling is already the norm in many cities and countries, so if you have it, take great advantage of it.

2. By not idling!

We are frozen in the middle of a long winter. Well, it feels long. Almost feels permanent now.

Same with the frost that has formed on your windshield! And by law, you cannot drive with a windscreen glazed in frost. It is dangerous from a moral, common sense and legal perspective.

But frost almost cements itself to your car, doesn’t it? You might find that you have a hard time using a scraper. So, what do we do?

We turn the engine on and allow the car to heat up for a few minutes, to get rid of the frost’s adhesiveness.

And it seems like a good solution, right? You are pumping the environment full of toxic gases and contributing to the heating of the planet. And yes, one person cannot make a difference.

But billions of people do this during the cold months, which collectively contributes to greenhouse gases and global warming overtime.

The chemicals which are pumped out by your exhaust are truly toxic. Carbon dioxide is a biggie here.

Carbon dioxide can kill people quickly in high concentrations, right? Thankfully, the environment means that it will not kill us, quickly. Overtime this gas, among others, increases planetary temperature and will gradually kill habitats, particularly icy ones.

So how can you mitigate this? Simply do not leave your car idling and invest in a good scraper to get rid of the ice on your car. Perhaps a protective windshield cover would stop frost sticking to your screen?

More long-term solutions include investing in a car with stop-start technology or taking the bus or train. A city bus can take nearly seventy cars off the road, that is seventy less pollution-filling death traps congesting our roads and blocking our planet’s lungs.

3. By preventing food waste!

According to the USDA “In the United States, food waste is estimated at between 30–40 percent of the food supply. This estimate, based on estimates from USDA’s Economic Research Service of 31 percent food loss at the retail and consumer levels, corresponded to approximately 133 billion pounds and $161 billion worth of food in 2010.”

Let us repeat that, 133 billion pounds.

Keep in mind this estimate was completed in 2010, meaning that it is almost certainly increased alongside population growth.

Eating less food may sound like a good thing in theory, but we are not! We are just wasting our current finite supply of food, and this supply chain damages the environment.

From the farms which stink of environmental harm; as they house cows which all release methane gases into the environment, to the trucks which transport food in ice-cold conditions across America, belching out emissions, all this damages the environment.

And when food is stored, it needs electricity to stay fresh, which means we need to use more finite materials to create said electricity.

Yes, we can create so much renewable energy, but again, we are lazy.

Why would we want to change to a better form of energy when the fossil fuels we have allow us to do the same job and have done for many years.

And as we have seen in government and in society, we just cannot seem to work as a collective.

But when we do, the results are amazing.

Why not start by planning your meals out methodically and in advance, only buying what you need. This may involve more regular shopping trips, but it does mean that you can save money and reduce waste.

Avoid ready meals, as their plastic casing is considered a single-use plastic and… well you do not need us to tell you about how seriously problematic these bird-strangling, wildlife-entrapping, landfill-filling drains on society are.

And if you do end up with some inevitable food waste, rather than throwing it into a waste bin, place it into a compost bin where it gets broken down and turned into super-nutritious soil for plants!

4. By having good bathroom habits!

Okay, this is going to sound a little bit weird, and we are not sorry at all.

You are contributing to environmental damage through more ways than you realize. Let us break it down.

Flushing the toilet, takes up a lot of water to get rid of that stinky waste doesn’t it? Yes, it is important you do this, otherwise you are just disgusting, but why not reduce the number of times you flush or get a low-flush toilet?

When you shower, you have surely bought that super fancy shower gel with the little sparkly bits in it. Makes you feel all clean and pretty, right? Wrong. What you are doing is just smearing bits of microplastics over you. These plastics are too small to get caught by a drainage system, so they just end up in our oceans.

And no, whales do not want to eat part of your pomegranate and passionfruit shampoo blend. Really.

Use environmentally friendly shampoos, which do not have tiny bits of plastic and do not resort to palm oil! That last part is important considering how destructive palm oil is to habitats.

When using the bathroom, just remember another seven billion people, and billions more creatures need to share the same water, so use it conservatively.

According to scientists, we only have less than ten years before our planet is damaged beyond repair. The time for action is today.

Do not take this article as us preaching, but some genuine advice which will keep our planet good for your children, and their children. Most of all, it prevents the needless, agonizing suffering of many creatures worldwide.

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