Earth Hour Every Day
Earth Hour is a worldwide movement, created by WWF that takes place on the last Saturday of March. Its purpose was to raise awareness for the environment and our planet through grassroots movements that have impacted people in over 180 countries. The Virtual Spotlight video in 2021, highlighted the link between the loss of nature and pandemics. It garnered 2.4 million views in 24 hours making it the most-watched video in Earth Hour history. Go on their website and enjoy the various Earth oriented conversations and learn how you can continue to help our planet.
While we're going to work towards implementing Earth Hour at The Zubeida, in tandem with our guests, here are some easy things you can do to implement Earth Hour every day of the year!
1. Start reducing your waste
Look for incredible recipes for your scraps (broths are always a delicious idea) and compost and recyle seriously and responsibly. Buy the food you need, and take a stock of everything you have before you go shopping- this stops you from buying repeat items that then go bad before you've had a chance to use them. Get creative with leftovers and store your produce properly.
Choose items that don't have single use plastic on them, take your own takeaway containers to restaurants and refuse single use cutlery and straws.
There are a lot of organisations in Kenya that host collection drives, have large collection bins and even offer the proper disposal of e-waste.
2. Use less energy
Turn off all the lights and sockets in your house when they're not in use, and unplug your devices from the sockets as well (they still leak energy while plugged in). Take shorter showers and switch to solar and other green energy sources wherever possible.
3. Educate yourself on something new
There are tonnes of podcasts, articles and documentaries about the human impact on the planet. The more you learn, the more inspired you'll be to take action! Our planet is the only home to so many, and if we can protect it and all on it from destruction, then we probably should!
We highly recommend the following documnetaries: Cowspiracy (the sustainability of the dairy industry), The True Cost (fast fashion), 8 billion angels (overall human impact) and David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet narrated by the main man himself.
4. Tend a garden
EVen if it's just a herb pot on your window sill, nurture your green thumb. Participate in conversations that promote organic, wholesome and nutritious food. Grow what you can with your loved ones and dig deep into our magical, miraculous earth. Grow some flowers, help some bees, and help our planet, one beautiful blossom at a time.
5. Choose sustainability
Choose sustainable food industries, boycott fast fashion and be an ecotourist! Purchase carefully, with consideration and make sure that you aren't involuntarily supporting poaching, exploitation of humans or animals and are paying a fair price for the items. A conscious consumer has an incredible wealth of power at their fingertips... be that conscious consumer starting today.
What are some of the changes you'd like to integrate into your routine this year for the benefit of our planet?