Your contribution to a better world

BluePlanet According to the statistics of the Planet4Life’s facebook site there are people following our posts from different countries all around the globe. This is a good sign that shows us that people care about this beautiful earth no matter where they live. Planet4Life exists, amongst other things, as we firmly believe that everyone can contribute to a better world with only small steps.

What about your contributions? Maybe they aren’t that different to the steps you take in other countries. Or maybe they are different. But most importantantly, we are sure that we all can learn from each other. Here is your chance to share your ideas. And the winner will be our planet.

The Great Barrier Reef needs your help!

Coral Reef Have you ever been to the Great Barrier Reef? If not you probably might know have read about it in books which show you an amazing diversity of life. I have seen this fascinating splendor of colour 17 years ago and it was one of those moments in life that took my breath away and one I will never forget.

Scientists just confirmed that this year’s bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef was the worst ever. 67 percent of the corals in the northern part have been killed over 700 kilometers of beautiful reefs – gone forever.

The world of corals relies on a symbiosis between corals and algae. The corals fertilize the algae with their metabolic waste and in return they get a part of the vegetable photosynthesis products from the algae. Since most tropical coral species can no longer feed without algae, they are dependent on them. However, if the water temperature rises due to climate change, the corals are under stress and the algae are destroyed because they become poisonous under such conditions. Without their main source of food, they will starve and eventually die.

If entire reefs die off, there will be dramatic consequences for the fish and other marine animals that lose their natural habitat. At the same time, fishermen and employees in the tourism sector are losing their livelihood.

Despite this, new coal mines have been planned – which is a fuel for climate change. As Graeme Kelleher, in charge of designing and protecting the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park for the last 16 years says, you cannot have a healthy Great Barrier Reef by expanding the coal industry. Please sign the petition: THE REEF HAS TO BE PUT FIRST

Would you refuse eating meat for our climate?

Gemüse Our climate is changing – there is no doubt about it. No matter what some people may say! What can men do to stop heating our earth? To me even more important is what can every single person do? Why not start with everyday life.

Global consumption of proteins is covered by meat and dairy products. According to a study of the Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK) the greenhouse gases methane and nitrous oxide arise mainly in the production of fodder by the application of synthetic fertilizers. Compared to carbon dioxide methane’s contribution to the greenhouse effect is approximateley 25 times higher, nitrous oxide at about 298 times higher.

So what are the results of this study? Firstly, if you reduce the current consumption of meat and milk to just below one third, harmful global greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced significantly. Secondly, the production methods in the agricultural sector must be changed technologically. Implementing both together could reduce emissions by the year 2055 by 84 percent.

However, this should rather apply to people in industrialized nations as many people in developing countries suffer from protein deficiency and make it impossible to eat even fewer proteins.

I decided to reduce my own consumption in eating meat to decrease my personal CO2-Balance. Once or twice a month is sufficient. It is not only good for our climate, it is good for my health as well. So what about you? A meatless day a week can reduce greenhouse gas emissions to counteract global warming and thus encourage a healthier diet at the same time. Famous people like Sir Paul McCartney already do the same. Why wait? Small steps towards a more sustainable now and tomorrow.