I have just finished watching Life on Planet Earth, David Attenborough’s new documentary on Netflix, and WOW. Seriously, holy $#i7, we gotta do something, and fast. If you haven’t watched it, you really should, right now. Then come back and finish reading this blog. Bookmark it. I’ll wait...
Right, now we are on the same page, let’s talk about what we can do to prevent the certain destruction of the human race (cos nobody wants that), and work back towards the natural paradise that we once took for granted, before it’s too late. Luckily we are not alone in wanting to help, there are lots of others out there and it is up to all of us to help recognise and publicise those who are genuinely doing business for good and trying to make the world a better place...
As King Dave himself said in the documentary, we can turn things around, and it ain’t that complicated. All it’s going to take is some awareness and some changes of habits, both of which will improve ALL of our lives and our standards of living. Why the EFFFFF would we not want to do that? Even before we know that it’s the only way to ensure the survival of the natural world as we know it?! By awareness we mean simply, understanding what is happening to our planet and why. And don’t worry, we are not talking about getting a geography degree from Oxford or Harvard here, simply watching a few of the great man’s latest documentaries (which are bloody brilliant) will do. Heck you can even read a few books about it if you wanna go nuts.
By changes of habits we mean things that whilst a bit more difficult than watching a few awesome Attenborough movies, are not that difficult either. We can do as little as changing a few of the things we buy, using different service providers, and generally spending our money with companies who’s morals and actions align with yours, maybe even eating slightly less meat or trying a shampoo from an ethical company. Even using a different internet browser can help if you know which ones! The power is in your hands, and the future of the planet lies with you. Why? Because you, the customer are always right. Aren’t you? If we are lucky enough to have money and a choice of things to spend it on, then we have the power to change things. Even if our votes don’t count for $h1t anymore, our purchases do.
Voting for one politician or another is not going to help save the world. That is what has got us to where we are today. The people who make the laws are and always have been, the ones that control the biggest corporations with the most resources at their disposal. (Hint: Campaign funding). They have the most resources at their disposal because millions of people, or in some cases a few governments, buy stuff from them. When they have a lot of resources they can afford to advertise and convince more people to buy from them, which makes them even more cash moneys. Get it? So we need to help the good ones spread the word so that they can accumulate more resources and gain more influence so that together, we can help change the world for the better... Just by changing our spending habits.
Here are just a few of the amazing companies out there that you can help change the world right now, without breaking the bank, or even a sweat.
Ecosia – Internet search engine that plants trees with the money it earns from searches. Brilliant. Get it on your phone and laptop easily and start helping plant trees with your searches. Sir David said that planting trees and encouraging biodiversity is one of the most important things we can do. Ecosia have planted over 100 million of them using the revenue generated from searches. Do the right thing. Get it. Google is rich enough.
Brave Browser – An internet browser which aims to take back our data (which is now the worlds most valuable resource ahead of oil and gold) and empower people around the world with it. Pretty complicated but damn good idea.
Brewdog – What’s easier than drinking a beer? If you like beer, not much. And if you do like beer, why not drink one from a sustainable (now carbon negative), ethical company that helps make the world better AND makes a damn good beer. You can even buy shares in them here... TAKE MY MONEY!
Beyond Meat – Like burgers but don’t like the impact meat has on the world? Try a beyond meat burger. I just did, and they are delicious. Their mission is “to positively impact four growing global issues: human health, climate change, constraints on natural resources, and animal welfare.” Plus they claim their plant based “Beyond Burger” uses 99% less water, 93% less land, 46% less energy and produces 90% less Carbon emissions than a standard U.S. ¼ lb beef burger. Plus it tastes at least as good as a normal burger. I'M IN!
Tesla – Ok so this one might break the bank. but if you have the money, I hear they are probably the most awesome thing you can buy. What other car gets better over time? Most lose value by the second but Teslas update themselves and improve their features whilst you sleep. I think that’s pretty cool. Not as cool though, as the impact that this company and Elon Musk have had on the development of electric cars which has and will have a huge impact on reducing CO2 emissions. Whilst not many people can afford one just yet, they are getting more affordable, and there are other electric and hybrid cars out there which are cheaper still and are many times better for the planet than a big gas guzzler... Elon, we salute you.
Thank you – Last but not least, an Australian social enterprise which makes great products and donates the profits to worthy causes in an effort to reduce the global equality gap. As causes go, that is one of, if not the best IMO, and as videos go, this aint a bad one either. To find out how you can help these guys help save the world, watch this short video and join the movement...
See, the worlds not all bad, there are countless people like him and companies like these that want to help and are already taking action beyond that of our so called leaders. It’s our job to find them and help them help save the world.
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