UnitingWorld’s Australian Partnerships Coordinator Alexandra Bingham has seen the impact of climate change first-hand.
Alexandra said that in the tiny Pacific country of Tuvalu salt has been pushed up from the seabeds so they can barely grow their own crops.
Due to increased ocean temperatures, fish are being pushed further out to sea making it increasingly difficult for fisherman to feed their families. Tuvalu is now reliant on imported foods from China, which has increased national obesity rates.
In both Tuvalu and Papua New Guinea, locals would point out trees to Alexandra as where their house used to be, or where the land used to meet the sea.
This is a video Alexandra and UnitingWorld created highlighting how climate change is impacting Tuvalu:
The United Nations World Environment Day on June 5 encourages individuals, enterprises and communities to take responsibility for preserving and enhancing our environment.
So we asked UnitingWorld’s Australian Partnerships Coordinator, Alexandra Bingham, for some easy ways people can reduce our negative impact on the environment.
- Use your car less
Nearly 97 per cent of Australian commuters travel to work by car and road-based transport pollution is higher in Australia than the global average, according to The Guardian.
Alexandra suggests walking or cycling wherever possible and otherwise taking public transport. If driving is your only option, try to carpool.
- Look smart with ‘slow fashion’
Slow fashion is all about buying a good quality item and having it for years, rather than constantly adding less-sustainably made, low-quality items to your wardrobe.
Alexandra suggests using free Australian smartphone app ‘Good On You’ which rates clothing based on how ethically and sustainably it was made.
- Using reusable grocery bags
Many supermarkets have stopped providing free plastic bags to customers, but we still see small plastic bags for fresh produce almost everywhere.
Alexandra suggests reducing our consumption of single-use plastics by investing in small reusable bags for fresh produce, or simply putting them in your trolley or basket as is. Of course, where larger plastic bags are still available, avoid using them by bringing your own bags.