With World Environment Day taking place on June 5 and World Oceans Day on June 8, there is no better time to highlight environmental awareness. Here, Sébastien Chauvin, CEO of Veolia Middle East shares four tips on how to alter your routine to become more planet-conscious.
Take part in a beach clean up A beach clean-up is a great step toward helping marine life. It is a volunteer activity for individuals and takes place regularly along coastlines around the world. There are several organisations across the region that run programmes to help make beaches a cleaner and safer, but while social distancing guideline are in place you can conduct your own clean-up. Taking part in beach clean ups helps to improve the coastal and ocean ecosystem by making sure that none of the waste kills marine life or is toxic enough to disrupt the marine cycle.
Cut down on plastic Plastic can take up to 1000 years to degrade, therefore, a lot of the world’s plastic still exists in some form and only 12% has been incinerated. To help reduce the use of plastic and support World Environment Day, try adopting these simple lifestyle changes; stop using plastic straws, even in restaurants, always use a reusable bag when shopping, prepare lunches in reusable containers, carry a reusable bottle or mug for drinks on the go and switch to a bamboo toothbrush.
Cut back on fish Commercial fishing uses a variety of methods to catch fish, including trawling, gillnets and longlines, which end up catching more than the targeted species, like sharks, whales, dolphins, turtles, and other endangered fish. The unwanted, injured catch is then discarded back into the sea, putting further strain on species. This high demand for seafood is driving some species towards extinction.Making simple changes to eating habits, such as reframing from eating fish daily, can have a huge impact on the environment and your carbon footprint.
Conserve water With rapid growing population rates and such a small percentage of the earth’s water suitable for drinking, it is fundamental to preserve and conserve water as much as possible. There are various simple tips that can be practiced at home to help preserve water, including taking shorter showers, installing water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors, turning off the water whilst brushing teeth, using dishwashers and washing machines for only full loads.
MOJEH’s tip: Switch to sustainable Whether it’s a sustainable swimsuit that uses Econyl – a green alternative to nylon that is often made from abandoned fishing nets, carpets and rigid textiles – opting for a natural beauty product that is planet-friendly and ethically produced, or simply buying less and thinking more sustainably, a small transition can lead to a big change.