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Help us all achieve the Global Goals.
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
Up to two thirds of all species on this planet expected to become extinct over the next four generations of human life due to anthropomorphic activities. Due to our over consumptive lifestyles, the Earth is nearing its limits, with industrial, food and water resources being depleted beyond the point of replenishment. Human behaviour is also a major driver behind such threatening processes as climate change, deforestation and pollution. If the human race continues to indulge in unsustainable lifestyles, the future for our species, the species we share this earth with, and the environment is dire.
However, changing this trend of destruction and helping our planet doesn't have to be complicated, time-consuming or expensive. Undertaking environmentally sustainable behaviour change in order to create a healthier planet starts with the individual – you! It's about being informed and making simple everyday choices that can free animals from suffering, reduce wasted resources, reduce landfill and also benefit communities.
Dr. Jane Walks the Talk
Dr. Jane Goodall believes even small choices can have a huge impact, so she is doing everything she can to use and waste the least amount possible.
She is very aware that she flies a lot (300 days a year on average) and so she tries to constantly counteract that carbon footprint. On the road she is conscious about what she packs (the weight of it), and keeps her wardrobe basic, versatile and timeless.
She is a vegetarian.
In her hotel rooms she turns off the AC, uses only one trash can, reuses the toiletries, puts extra pillows and linens in the closet and leaves notes for the maids so they know when something doesn’t need to be cleaned.
- Encourage people to adopt three simple actions every day for 21 days in order to create a better world.
- Facilitate the development of a conservation ethic and environmentally responsible behavior change among participants.
- Encourage individual action within JGI NZʼs three main areas of focus: Animals, People and the Environment
JGI NZ's Live the Change challenge is designed to encourage people to adopt three simple actions every day for 21 days, in the hope that these actions become life long habits.
Studies have shown that by repeating behaviour over 21 days the behaviour becomes a habit. JGI NZ hopes that by encouraging followers to undertake the Live the Change Challenge, a sustainable behaviour change movement will begin.
Join our 21 day challenge by registering via email with JGI NZ.
When choosing your 3 actions, we suggest that you choose one action for each of JGI's areas of focus: animals, people and the environment. Use our 21 Day Challenge blog, www.livethechangeblog.com, and information from our website for tips, support and inspiration.
Or you can raise funds for JGI NZ by participating in the 21 Day Challenge through our crowdfunding page.
Things you can do from your couch
- Save electricity. Plug appliances into a power strip and turning them off completely when not in use, including your computer.
- Stop paper bank statements and pay your bills online or via mobile. No paper, no need for forest destruction.
- Share, don’t just like. If you see an interesting social media post about women’s rights or climate change, share it so folks in your network see it too.
- Speak up! Ask your local and national authorities to engage in initiatives that don’t harm people or the planet.
- Don’t print. See something online you need to remember? Jot it down in a notebook or better yet a digital post-it note and spare the paper.
- Turn off the lights. Your TV or computer screen provides a cosy glow, so turn off other lights if you don’t need them.
- Do a bit of online research and buy only from companies that you know have sustainable practices and don’t harm the environment.
- Report online bullies. If you notice harassment on a message board or in a chat room, flag that person.
- Stay informed. Follow the news and stay in touch with issues and ones in which you can get involved.
- Tell us/share your actions to achieve the global goals.
- Offset your remaining carbon emissions! You can calculate your carbon footprint and purchase climate credits. In this way, you help reduce global emissions faster!
Things You Can Do At Home
- Air dry. Let your hair and clothes dry naturally instead of running a machine. If you do wash your clothes, make sure the load is full.
- Take short showers. Bathtubs require litres more water than a 5-10 minute shower.
- Eat less meat, poultry, and fish. More resources are used to produce meat than plants
- Freeze fresh produce and leftovers if you don’t have the chance to eat them before they go bad. You can also do this with take-away or delivered food, if you know you will not feel like eating it the next day. You will save food and money.
- Compost—composting food scraps can reduce climate impact while also recycling nutrients.
- Recycling paper, plastic, glass & aluminium keeps landfills from growing.
- Buy minimally packaged goods.
- Avoid pre-heating the oven. Unless you need a precise baking temperature, start heating your food right when you turn on the oven.
- Plug air leaks in windows and doors to increase energy efficiency
- Adjust your thermostat, lower in winter, higher in summer
- Replace old appliances with energy efficient models and light bulbs
- If you have the option, install solar panels in your house. This will also reduce your electricity bill!
- Get a rug. Carpets and rugs keep your house warm and your thermostat low.
- Don’t rinse. If you use a dishwasher, stop rinsing your plates before you run the machine.
- Choose a better nappy option. Swaddle your baby in cloth diapers or a new, environmentally responsible disposable brand.
- Use matches. They don’t require any petroleum, unlike plastic gas-filled lighters.
Things You Can Do Outside Your House
- Shop local. Supporting neighbourhood businesses keeps people employed and helps prevent trucks from driving far distances.
- Shop Smart—plan meals, use shopping lists and avoid impulse buys. Don’t succumb to marketing tricks that lead you to buy more food than you need, particularly for perishable items. Though these may be less expensive per ounce, they can be more expensive overall if much of that food is discarded.
- Buy Funny Fruit—many fruits and vegetables are thrown out because their size, shape, or colour are not “right”. Buying these perfectly good funny fruit, at the farmer’s market or elsewhere, utilises food that might otherwise go to waste.
- When you go to a restaurant and are ordering seafood always ask: “Do you serve sustainable seafood?” Let businesses know that ocean-friendly seafood’s on your shopping list.
- Shop only for sustainable seafood.
- Bike, walk or take public transport. Save the car trips for when you’ve got a big group.
- Use a refillable water bottle and coffee cup. Cut down on waste and maybe even save money at the coffee shop.
- Bring your own bag when you shop. Pass on the plastic bag and start carrying your own reusable bags.
- Take fewer napkins. You don’t need a handful of napkins to eat your takeout. Take just what you need.
- Shop vintage. Brand-new isn’t necessarily best. See what you can repurpose from second-hand shops.
- Maintain your car. A well-tuned car will emit fewer toxic fumes.
- Donate what you don’t use. Local charities will give your gently used clothes, books and furniture a new life.
- Vaccinate yourself and your kids. Protecting your family from disease also aids public health.
- Take advantage of your right to elect the leaders in our country and your local community.
In the Kitchen
- Steer clear of processed food and reduce the packaging filling landfills
- Shop organic and say no to the pesticides destroying insect life and poisoning waterways
- Take reusable bags to the grocery shop
- Increase plant-based meals and reduce the environmental impact of meat and dairy production
- Think about giving a "service gift" rather than a material one. Movie tickets, swimming pool membership, admission to activities such as indoor climbing, kayak hire or dance lesson. These all reduce plastic, packaging and environmental impact
- Decorate boxed gifts rather than use wrapping paper
- Give a plant
- Join groups that actively help the planet and are fun. Join a Roots & Shoots group or start one yourself, or undertake a project with your family
- Recycle toys and sports equipment to friends, or your community via a toy library
- Shop pre-loved for clothes or furniture.
It's November and time to join in the new Roots & Shoots pledge that can bring about positive change for animals, people and the environment.
No Waste November (NWN) is an month-long event that supports and empowers individuals and institutions to tackle a waste form in their communities to create positive global impact. The NWN movement aims to connect local community effort to global campaigns and really highlight the ripple effect of an individual's actions.
As the name suggests, No Waste November is about reducing – or eliminating – waste in our lives. The movement recognises the diversity of what “waste” looks like in different cultures, genders, generations, and lifestyles.
Think of all those coffee cups, plastic straws, plastic bags, washing up bottles, packaging around fruit and vegetables, old clothes and food we throw away every day. Think of all of the energy and resources that went into making them, and the amount of waste they generate in landfill.
If everyone reduced the amount they used and wasted, think about how much of a difference that would make! Think of all the pollution-causing energy that wouldn’t need to be used to make it, the amount of trees that wouldn’t be cut down to make cups we are just going to throw away, and the huge decrease in the amount of littler and rubbish we produce. It would be amazing!
This is the idea behind #NoWasteNovember. If we can all reduce the amount of waste we produce, or even drop it to zero, think of the difference that would make.
Stuck for ideas? Here are a few to get you started:
- Have reusable bags for shopping rather than taking single-use plastic bags to carry purchases
- Use a reusable cup rather than taking a disposable one
- Don’t use plastic straws
- Buy your fruit and veg from a greengrocers or ensure it's not wrapped in plastic or netting
- Opt for refills rather than buying new containers for things like cooking oil, washing liquid
- Buy toilet paper made from recycled materials
- Stop using plastic water bottles! Instead, opt for a refillable one
- Take a shower instead of a bath
- Don’t purchase any plastics (including bottles, containers and wrapping)
- Plan your meals so you don’t waste food
Don’t forget to share your progress on social media too. Share your no waste alternatives like keep cups, reusable straws, cloth shopping bags rather than plastic ones, and more! Take a photo and pop it up on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – and don’t forget to use the #NWN2017 and #NoWasteNovember hashtags.
The more you share, the more you’ll inspire others to get involved, and even little changes here and there can add up to a huge change if enough people take part!
Download a No Waste November pledge card and join in the change!
In partnership with SAFE we suggest that one way to Live the Change is to Eat With Care.
You can make a differerence every day for animals, your helath and for the planet and you don’t even have to do anything extraordinary. Every meal is a chance to make a difference. It’s as simple as what you choose to eat!
And, it isn’t about missing out; it’s about adding compassion. By keeping animal products off your plate you’re helping to save lives, protecting the planet, and it’s a healthier lifestyle for you, too!
SAFE's 100% Vegetarian Starter Guide has everything you need to know to start.
For the Planet
Intensive farming is dramatically impacting on the New Zealand environment, threatening our land and waterways.
As the UN urges that the world move to a meat and dairy-free diet consider that:
- Over 50% of the land cleared in New Zealand is used for animal farming. Globally, one third of our planet’s landmass has already been cleared to farm animals, making animal farming the leading cause of deforestation around the world
- Farms consume more food than they produce. On average it takes 6 kg or plant protein to produce just 1 kg of animal protein
- The New Zealand Ministry for the Environment reports that runoff from animal farms is so toxic it is contaminating surrounding groundwater and streams, making it the worst threat to our freshwater ecosystems
- An estimated one third of the world’s cereal harvest is fed to farmed animals. That would be enough grain to feed about 3 billion people
- Scientists predict that at current fishing rates the oceans’ fish populations could collapse by 2050
- Raising animals for food contributes to more greenhouse gases than any other sector (including transportation). New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions are the fifth highest per capita among 40 developed countries.
For Your Health
By cutting animal products out of you diet you can reap many benefits:
- Lose weight
Studies show that people who eat a plant-based diet have lower rates of obesity. On average, people who don’t eat meat, dairy and eggs weigh up to 20% less than people who eat meat.
- Be heart healthy
Studies show that heart disease can usually be prevented and even reversed with a plant-based diet.
- Cut your cancer risk
The World Health Organisation found that about one-third of cancer cases can be prevented with a healthy plant-based diet, physical activity and a healthy waistline.
For the Animals
Intensive farming practices in New Zealand leads to suffering for millions of animals. By eating with care you can reduce animal suffering and save around 100 lives each year.
Dr. Goodall now travels the world with 'Cow' and speaks on the destructive effects of animal agriculture, including land and water pollution, antibiotic resistance, depletion of fresh water resources and animal cruelty, which is was motivated her to go veg. She says, “I became a vegetarian because of the horrendous suffering on factory farms and in abattoirs.”
Not sure it's for you? Challenge yourself to try it out. You can sign up to a Challenge with SAFE and you'll receive six weeks of supportive emails and tips to help you along the way.
For further information about the live the change challenge or to register your challenge contact us.