SAVE THE AMAZON AND OUR FUTURE PLANET
We from The Hoop Experience want to play a part in the creation of a sustainable long term future for each of us and the planet. With so much happening in the world today, we are excited to step up and do our part, to join the conversation.
The fires in the Amazon are an ongoing and very tragic crisis affecting the planet. The Amazon is regarded as vital in the fight against global warming due to its ability to convert carbon dioxide into the oxygen we breath. When a tree burns all of the Co2 housed there is returned to the atmosphere! While there are naturally occurring forest fires during the dry season, this unprecedented growth is more likely caused by deforestation. There are many reasons this type of devastation can continually occur and why it is most commonly felt in vulnerable areas by the most vulnerable people - the biggest being from both legal and illegal fires set intentionally to clear trees by loggers (for things like palm oil), or by farmers for crop and grazing land. Not to mention the general lack of knowledge around climate change.
Scientist and researchers have now calculated an increase of approximately 80% in fires in recent years. Let’s work together to raise awareness of, and money for, those directly affected by the fires of all the Amazon. Let's shine a spotlight on careless and/or unscrupulous practices affecting our climate with our daily monetary choices. What you buy or do not buy makes a difference.
To honour this movement, we are asking our hoop community to join the campaign by donating to our charity of choice, Amazon Watch, via our Just Giving page HERE . We will see and match your donation, then deduct it from the cost of a ticket for anyone planning on attending our 4 day Hoop & Healing retreat in Ibiza, this October. We are hoping that many of you will join in and give your day’s coffee run money in support of rehoming those who have lost everything, replanting what has/is burning and general supporting charities pushing the message of change in the world.
Want to be a longer term global warrior, join our campaign to save the Amazon and create a more sustainable lifestyles in a global environment?
Here are our top 7 suggestions for areas of research, awareness and change.
1.The meat industry
The meat industry is considered one of the most environmentally destructive industries. Specifically due to pollution through fossil fuel usage, animal methane, effluent waste, and water distribution and land consumption. Check out Peta site for granular points on the damages. As well as the use of soy as a food source.
While removing meat completely from your diet may be too extreme a start for many, there are other choices to make. We can start small by eating less, reducing from daily consumption to once per week or month. We can also choose organic grass fed or wild meat from your area, rather than soy fed. Support our local organic farmers, using ethical and sustainable models of farming.
2. Soy and milk products.
Did you know that the cows naturally stop producing milk after her calf are fully grown?
However, the milk industry factories will separate the mother from her calf effectively creating a cow that continually lactates to keep milk in our cereal bowls and coffee mugs. So unnecessary with all the delicious dairy-free options available today. As for Soy, 85% of all soy is cultivated in South America and are genetically modified seeds (GMO) in other words, chemical and mono-cropped.
GMO's, which stands for genetically modified is done to resist pesticides. Many believe these chemicals mutate our response to medicines. A better (and more tasty option) is to choose alternatives to plant milk such as oat, almonds, rice and coconut. To always try to choose organic and/or from small local business. Or even better make your own! We will soon begin sharing yummy new recipes for homemade milk alternatives. In the meantime, check out this quick and easy Oat milk recipe from Simply Vegan Blog.
3. Palm Oil
Non-organic, process products like canned food, margarine, some chocolate, cookies, bread, chips, some peanut butter can contain Palm Oil.
Many of the cheaper brands may be owned by companies which mix soy and palm oil (left over from huge crops grown to feed animals) within the product. Palm oil comes from the oil palm which has a direct correlation to what is happening in the amazon right now, leads to deforestation which is destroying the homes of many of our wildlife. Palm oil is used in many of the products used in our daily living. Try to be mindful of this, read your labels, look for brands with natural or organic solutions.
4. Reduce, reuse, recycle, up-cycle
We all know this one as there has been great strides in the reduction of plastic usage in major western countries. Simple steps like “Bring your own bag” to the store have taken off with the introduction of a cost for the bags.
Let your personal style shine through with hand-crafts, local artisanal product. Not one to shop at the charity shops? Research the latest trends of renting clothing rather than buying. Have clothing you no longer feel the love for, donate them to programs supporting at risk, low income or homeless persons who need new clothes for job interviews, or simply cannot afford quality made apparel. Into DIY, why not take your unloved apparel to a seamstress and have it up-cycled into something fresh and new with the use of colour, cut or appliqué. And a moment on paper, it is very possible to purchase recycle paper or to simply go digital with notes and shopping list. Or find recycled paper blocks for you writers, painters and collage artist!
So many ideas.. so little time!
5. Take local transport, your bike, roller skate, walk.
Your body and your environment will love you for it..
6. Educate yourself and then make your voice heard.
You can learn more about the crisis from official sources and educate friends and family on all the details. The more people know about how serious the crisis is, the more that can be done. You can call, email, or write to your elected officials and encourage them to act the way you would like them to, to raise this issue in their official roles.
7. Donate to charity
Of the six charities that work to help the Amazon rainforest have received at least three out of four stars from Charity Navigator, a nonprofit that rates charities on their accountability and financial management. Take some time and research where you want to put your money. Remember you money is your voice!
With love and light,
Mitra and Joy