It isn't as bad as you think. Or maybe it is.
Another week has passed and we're back with the climate updates! This is "Let's balance out" and you'll read one good news and one bad news about the climate crisis. Shall we begin?
So what do you want first? The good news or the bad news?
We already know that our consuming of things harms the planet, and in particular a research has shown that the consumer behaviour in the UK and other rich nations is responsible for the loss of almost 4 trees per year.
While some of this is compensated by planting more trees, the real harm comes from the import of products such as coffee and cocoa
. These stuff is linked to deforestation in various parts of the planet: for example the consumption of cocoa in Germany puts the forests in Cote D'Ivoire, Ghana and Tanzania at risk.
They are very important because they soak up great amounts of carbon dioxide and are home to 50-90% of the ecosystems of the planet.
Have you ever thought that to have a sustainable lifestyle we have to spend a lot of money? This part is for you! I'm sure everyone of us thinks that only rich people can afford a completely sustainably lifestyle. Actually, it is possible to be sustainable and save money!
How? Check out this video from the BBC
The first tip is to "watch what you buy and eat what you buy
." This basically means that we should be careful to only buy what we're sure of eating, so we don't waste money or food.
Look at the video for more tips!
Illustrations by Gabriela