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.

Respect for life and nature

NZ Flag Moving to another country is feeling like beginning something new. Leaving the past behind and getting the chance to start your life again. Moving to New Zealand is not only about that. Firstly, it’s about the beautiful landscape that this wonderful country has. There’s something spiritual about this land. I am not talking only about the obvious signs where you’ll find visible Māori culrure; Māori are the indigenous people of New Zealand. There are also some unique places where you can feel that spiritual awareness too.

My favourite place is in the town where I am currently living in at the moment. It is just a tree settled peacefully next to the beach. But to me it is not just a tree. Beacon of Nature To me it is a ‘Beacon of Nature’ and its decleration as a natural heritage is well deserved. By just looking at this tree with all its strong branches, its strong roots and its beautiful colours or by just touching its bark you can feel the energy from the tree, flowing around and in you. You feel that you are one with nature again. A feeling that most of us – including me – used to have during our childhood but have lost a long time ago. I am grateful to have felt that feeling again.

It’s about the people in this wonderful country. There’s nothing unusual about meeting people you might say. But here it’s about the way you’ve been met and treated: with respect, with a smile and without any prejudices. People And it doesn’t matter if you are poor or rich, old or young, ordinary or beautiful, disabled or in shape, black or white. Life is not about earning heaps of money, jumping to the next level of your career, driving a fancy car or complying with the beauty ideal, it’s about regaining respect for life.

Why don’t we make an effort anymore, to overcome the wall of prejudice to see what is really behind it? A human with all his fears and longings, all of which are quite similar worldwide, but the experiences can be so diverse and exciting that you can only learn from them.

And I want to learn. I want to learn how to become one with nature and respect every aspect of life. Taking care of nature and giving a little smile cost nothing and can still bring about so many positive effects.

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