Author: Srinivas Abhilash and Arun Kumar
Earth Day is a global event that promotes environmental awareness and encourages action to protect the planet. It was established in 1970 in response to growing concerns about environmental degradation, pollution, deforestation, and the loss of biodiversity.
It is celebrated in over 190 countries through activities like clean-up campaigns, tree-planting events, educational programs, and advocacy for environmental policy initiatives. It has helped raise global awareness and led to significant environmental achievements like the establishment of the EPA and the passage of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts.
Earth Day remains a vital platform for advocating for climate change action, conservation, and sustainability efforts to create a better future for the planet.
Why We Need to Invest in Our Planet
The interconnection between humans and their environment is evident in the saying, “A person is the product of their environment.” The human body and the planet share similarities, with interconnected systems that are vital for survival.
Water, for instance, is essential for sustaining life on both a planetary and biological level, with approximately 71 percent of the Earth’s surface and 60 percent of the human body composed of water. Dehydration can harm the human body, and a lack of groundwater can affect the growth of plants and trees on Earth.
Unfortunately, human activities such as overpopulation, pollution, deforestation, and climate change have led to environmental degradation, negatively impacting human health and access to resources. It’s crucial to recognize our impact and take action to protect the planet for future generations.
How We Can Invest in Our Planet
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.”
Conscious Consumption – Food
The green revolution introduced hybrid seeds to combat food scarcity in India, but these crops require chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which harm the environment and human health. Nutritious food cannot be grown, leading to overconsumption and waste. Eating high- nutrient diets can satisfy hunger with less food, benefiting the earth, farmers, and health. Choosing indigenous seeds retains soil fertility and discourages chemical use. Selecting food varieties that use fewer resources, such as millet over rice, can have a cascading effect on demand and supply, benefiting groundwater levels. By being conscious consumers and shifting our choices, we can invest in the planet’s health.
Conscious Consumption – Plastic
Plastic waste harms ecosystems and wildlife, with humans producing 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic waste since the 1950s. It pollutes oceans, harms wildlife, and disrupts ecosystems. Reducing plastic consumption and proper disposal is crucial for the environment’s future. Small items like toothbrushes contribute significantly to plastic waste, with the average person using 300 plastic toothbrushes in their lifetime. Replacing only the neck of a toothbrush or switching to bamboo toothbrushes can reduce plastic waste by up to 70%. Every person’s actions can make a positive difference in protecting the planet, from recycling to reducing energy consumption and choosing sustainable products. Let’s consume consciously and invest in the planet’s health.
Conscious Consumerism – Energy Consumption
Global energy consumption has been steadily increasing, with the fastest rate of growth in the last decade. This increase is concerning, but we can reduce our energy consumption and carbon footprint to combat climate change. Simple practices such as turning off lights and using energy-efficient appliances can help. Additionally, using public transportation or carpooling is an effective way to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and lower carbon emissions. The odd-even scheme, implemented in some countries, restricts private vehicles with odd or even registration numbers on alternate days, reducing congestion and pollution levels. It’s essential to make conscious choices to protect our planet and invest in a sustainable future for all.
The Power of ONE
As individuals, we have the power to drive positive change by choosing environmentally and socially responsible products and practices. Creating a food forest on a piece of land you own can significantly reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to biodiversity and habitat restoration.
Investing inHosachiguru’s managed farmlands is a smart financial decision that also promotes sustainable agriculture practices. Their work inspires others to take action and make conscious choices for a better world. Co-farmers can choose investment options that fit their budget and goals, knowing their investments support a sustainable future. Let’s invest in our planet today for a brighter tomorrow.
As we celebrate World Earth Day and reflect on our responsibility to protect our planet, it’s important to recognize that investing in our planet is just the right thing to do. By taking action to protect our environment, we can help ensure a healthy and sustainable future for ourselves and future generations.
At Hosachiguru, we’re committed to implementing sustainable and regenerative practices in agriculture through our expertise in managed farmland. As pioneers in this field, we offer investment opportunities that allow individuals to contribute to a more sustainable future. By investing with us, you can do your part to support sustainable agriculture practices and promote a brighter future for all. Let’s invest in our planet today for a healthier tomorrow.