• Susan Lau

Earth Day 2020: Climate Action

Earth Day falls on 22 April and this year's theme is climate action. If you're not sure what 'climate action' means, it is taking action as a collective to fight the irreversible consequences of global warming. Drought, floods, and devastating natural disasters have become commonplace and show how the environment has been treated.

It doesn't take a huge effort to help the environment. Change one habit and then see if you can do more when you feel comfortable. Refuse that plastic straw, bring a reusable shopping bag, bring a container to take away food and bring your own cutlery to work to eat your lunch with.

After you've incorporated these habits, take it just one step further. Go low or less waste by using reusable produce bags, buying from the local wet market to minimise packaging and generally saying no to single-use plastic! To replace cling wrap, try out beeswax wraps which you can DIY especially if you have scrap fabric lying around.

Another excellent way to lessen your carbon footprint is to buy local fruits and vegetables that require less fuel to be delivered. Additionally, these would be super fresh! Pop by the roadside stalls (after MCO of course) and check out what's in season and support local.

Food waste that's thrown into the bin ends up in landfills creating tonnes of methane (a greenhouse gas) that's released into the environment. Instead of that, look into composting your food scraps with the Bokashi method.

All it needs is a Bokashi bucket and the inoculated bran that helps break the scraps down. Bokashi composting is where food scraps are mixed with the inoculated bran, pressed into the bucket, then another handful is added to cover the food waste. Keep doing this until the container is full then seal it tightly with the lid, and wait for ten to twelve days.

There is a liquid by-product that will be produced during this fermentation which you can drain out via the spigot. This liquid can be diluted then added to your indoor plants' soil or to help with the slime in drains and pipes. For more information on Bokashi and how it can help you and even your house plants, check this website.

The finished product after the ten to twelve days of fermentation is something like pre-compost which is nutrient-rich and perfect especially if you have a green thumb. If you're making it in excess, arrange with a local grower and send them some goodness or share it with your neighbours. A great way to help the environment and also foster community ties!

So tell us, after reading this, would you change any of your habits? And what actions have you taken that benefits Mother Earth?


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