Earth Day 2019

Nearly fifty years today millions of people joined together to protest against the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development. From that day, people all around the world have annually celebrated this planet on the 22nd April and raised awareness on the issues that effect this beautiful planet.

Today is Earth Day.

The theme of this years campaign is Protect Our Species.

Our planet is home to millions of species (many of which are as yet undiscovered), however the actions of the human race have upset natures balance and many of these species are in decline and some now face extinction. Amongst those who are of concern include bees, coral reefs, elephants, giraffes, insects and whales and there are many, many more.

The destruction of the planet is being driven by actions such as deforestation, climate change, pollution and the use of pesticides. Thankfully the rate of extincions can be slowed and much of our threatened species can recover IF we work together to make change.

Earth Day Network is asking people to join their Protect our Species campaign. They aim to

  • Educate and raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.
  • Achieve major policy victories that protect broad groups of species as well as individual species and their habitats.
  • Build and activate a global movement that embraces nature and its values.
  • Encourage individual actions such as adopting plant based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use.

So what does all this have to do with beauty?

By choosing to use products which are natural and organic you are in part reducing your environmental impact, whether you realise it or not.

Most natural and organic products are free from many of the chemical components which can disrupt our eco-styems and waterways either through production or sourcing or simply by being washed down our plugholes. There is also the small matter of what they can/do to us physically but that’s for another day…

Another plus is that organic ingredients are produced without the use of harmful pesticides which we know are having a deviating effect on bees and insects around the globe. These agricultural chemicals end up in our food, water and by default accumulate in our bodies.

You can find out more about the damaging effect of pesticides by visiting PAN UK (Pesticide Action Network) and PANNA (Pesticide Action Network North America).

We have all seen the horrific images of waste plastic in our oceans and I’m sure we experience it on a smaller level daily by stepping outside our own front door. Packing is another thing that green beauty does right (mostly). Even recyclable and reusable packaging materials such as glass, card and aluminium have some environmental impact but for the most part the packaging used by many natural brands has a significantly lower footprint than plastics.

Protecting Our Species

There are a number of fantastic natural and organic brands who’s philanthropic ventures raise money and awareness for animal/insect conservation. Here are just a few:

Therapi Skincare – Donate at least 5% of its profits to bee conservation projects.
Rahua – Sales of the Enchanted Salt Spray support The P{ink Flamingos Project
Burt’s Bees – Sponser the British Beekeeping Association Adopt A Beehive scheme
Neal’s Yard Remedies – Donate 3% of sales of their Bee Friendly range to bee charities
Green People – support a number of charities including the Marine Conservation Society

It doesn’t stop at which beauty products you buy. There are many other ways to support declining species, starting with those closest to home… Here a few ideas for the garden:

The Soil Association have a fantastic resource on bee friendly planting for your gardens and window boxes (you can find it here).

I’m a big fan of both Seedball and Kabloom who produce wildflower seed packs (in nifty packaging) which support our native wildlife and encourage bee and insects.

Do you have any species friendly favourites?

 

Images: (1) Earth DayNetwork; (2)WWF; (3) Wikimedia Commons

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