As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice, and climate change, Peace Boat was proud to this year once again be part of the 24 hours of reality campaign by the Climate Reality Project, for presentations and conversations on the moment we're living in and the future we want.
Former US Vice President Gore and Climate Reality Leader activists across the planet led digital presentations and discussions exploring the climate crisis and the connections to COVID-19 and structural racism, highlighting both the threats and opportunities for transformational change.
Peace Boat staff and volunteers who joined the first Climate Reality training held in Japan in October 2019, in which Peace Boat was an institutional partner, are led conversations and a campaign amongst the Peace Boat community to encourage all to take action for climate and sustainability within our everyday lives throughout the week.
Dozens of people shared the actions they are taking within their everyday lives for climate and sustainability, creating conversations and inspirations to take more new steps. Even our small changes can make a difference, and we can all contribute even while at home!
Some of the actions shared over the past week and pictures above included the following:
- using an electric powered car to conduct field visits in disaster-affected areas as Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) carries out its ongoing humanitarian work
- composting at home reduces CO2 emissions and waste at the same time, and also gives the enjoyment of nurturing worms to look after the earth!
- using my favourite eco-bag makes grocery shopping more fun
- riding my bicycle (rain or shine!) is good both for the environment and for my health
- eating vegetables I grew myself tastes so much better than from the shop! Buying locally is another way to also contribute to local producers, and a plant-based diet helps reduce CO2 emissions
- carrying my own drink bottle means I can refill any time and not buy any plastic. I love my favourite set of portable cutlery and chopsticks too!
- brushing my teeth with a bamboo toothbrush
- working at home I use natural light during the day, and a device to turn off the power of appliances when they are not in use
- separating all of my rubbish and recycling as much as possible
- making my own beeswax wrap instead of using plastic is good for the environment and makes great conversation items to spread the word
- thinking of the environment when doing my washing - by using either eco-friendly detergent or even magnesium
- switching to renewable energy at home
- creating a "plant curtain" on my veranda helps to green the urban environment - deforestation and climate change are connected to the increase in natural disasters and spread of viruses, so even small things can help on a global scale