Save Yourself, Save the Earth with Plant Based Substance

earth is dying

Life on Earth is dying.  The human onslaught to destroy life on Earth is unprecedented in Earth’s history.  Planet Earth is now experiencing its sixth mass extinction event and human kind is the cause. Moreover, this mass extinction event is accelerating and is so comprehensive in its impact that the piecemeal measures being taken by the United Nations, international agencies and governments constitute a tokenism that is breathtaking in the extreme. Over the years, thousand of species are cease to extinct. And it is no longer the case that mainly ‘invisible’ species are vanishing: those insects, amphibians and small animals about which you had never even heard, assuming they have been identified and given a name by humans. You and I are on the brink of driving to extinction some of the most iconic species alive today.

Do you know what drives this destruction of land and water habitats? Your demand for consumer products, all of which are produced by using land and water habitats, and the resources derived from them, often far from where you live. We are tearing up remote corners of the planet looking for crude oil and coal, and our forests and wild animals are disappearing. The most basic products, such as food and clothing, are produced on agricultural land, sometimes created by destroying rainforests, or taken from the ocean (where overfishing has savagely depleted global fish stocks). But in using these resources, we have ignored the needs of the land, oceans and the waterways for adequate regenerative inputs and recovery time. Our environment is totally polluted: we drink polluted water, inhale air full of dust, and eat food with traces of pesticides and other toxic chemicals. Hence we are suffering from diseases.

dying ocean

We also participate, almost invariably without question or challenge, in the inequitable distribution of resources that compels some impoverished people to take desperate measures to survive through such means as farming marginal land or killing endangered wildlife. As a result of human activities, the ozone layer has a hole, the sea is rising, and the ice caps of Antarctica and Greenland are melting. Now global warming is warning us that climate change is not a hoax and it is coming. Mother Earth is in danger; life on Earth is in danger.

So don’t sit back waiting for some miracle by the United Nations, international agencies or governments to solve this problem. It cannot happen for the simple reason that these organizations are all taking action within the existing paradigm that prioritizes corporate profit and military violence over human equity and ecological sustainability. Let us come together to save our life-giving and life-saving Mother Earth.

Start within You

The environment in which we live is surrounded by these two things only, even the materials we use in day to day life can be biodegradable or non-biodegradable. It is usually seen that non-biodegradable substances are synthesised and does not occur naturally, hence their degradation is also not possible, but the biodegradable substances get easily decompose in nature through agents like water, soil, sunlight, microorganisms, etc. and directly or indirectly are profitable to the environment. Materials like plants, animals, their waste, paper, fruits, flowers, vegetables fall under biodegradable substances, on the other hand, rubber, plastic, chemicals, paint plastic falls under the category of the non-biodegradable items.

trash in oceanMaterials that remain for a long time in the environment, without getting decompose by any natural agents, also causing harm to the environment are called non-biodegradable substances. These materials are metals, plastics, bottles, glass, poly bags, chemicals, batteries, etc. But as these are readily available, convenient to use, and are of low cost, the non-biodegradable substances are more often used. But instead of returning to the environment, they become solid waste which cannot be broken down and become hazardous to the health and the environment. Hence are regarded as toxic, pollution causing and are not considered as eco-friendly.

Despite any rhetoric to the contrary, they are encouraging overconsumption by industrialized populations and facilitating the inequitable distribution of income and wealth precisely because this benefits those who control these organizations, agencies and governments: the insane corporate elites who are devoid of the capacity to see any value beyond the ‘bottom line’.

Extinction beckons. What will you do?

 Save Yourself, Save the Earth with Plant Based Products

The most effective way in saving Mother Earth is by adjusting our lifestyle routines. According to researchers at Oxford University, we need to look no further than our dinner plates to “save the planet.” Since livestock production is the single largest contributor of emissions around the globe (more than planes, trains and cars combined), removing it from our food system could allow the planet to regenerate. Raising animals for food is also the largest contributor to wildlife extinction around the world. There no dancing around it, we’re eating the planet one bite at a time.

“A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use,” said Oxford’s Joseph Poore, who led the research. “It is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car,” he said, as these only cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Now, as a reader, your first reaction might be to say that there is no way the world is going to shift to a plant-based diet. And that might be true.

Yet consumer demand in this category is really picking up steam. The average growth rate of alternatives to meat and dairy increased 8.1% in 2017, while the traditional meat and dairy category experienced a small decline over the same time period. In the U.K., the number of people going vegan has increased 360% in the last 10 years.

This is likely due to consumers shifting their behavior toward products that boost health and alleviate the strain our food system is having on the planet. Interestingly, many consumers of plant-based products don’t consider themselves vegan or vegetarian. They know that meat and dairy isn’t great, so they’re cutting it out where they can. This is what progress looks like.

Going Green with Essential Oils

If you want action on the greatest challenge human beings have ever faced – to avert our own extinction by learning to live in harmony with our biosphere and equity with our fellow humans – then I encourage you to take personal responsibility. If you do, you need to act. At the simplest level, you can make some difficult but valuable personal choices. Like becoming a vegan or vegetarian, buying/growing organic/biodynamic food, and resolutely refusing to use any form of poison or to drive a car or take an airline flight.

But if you want to take an integrated approach, the most powerful way you can do this is to systematically reduce your own personal consumption while increasing your self-reliance.

YL St. Maries Farm
Young Living St. Maries Farm, Idaho

In August 2017, Young Living Essential Oils, the world leader in essential oils, is pleased to announce that it has been working with SCSGlobal Services (SCS)—a global expert in environmental and sustainability certification, standards development, responsible sourcing, and business solutions—to advance its proprietary Seed to Seal® program to the next level. Successful pilot testing of enhanced Seed to Seal supply chain authentication protocols in the U.S. and abroad has confirmed that these protocols offer greater supply chain assurance, reinforcing Young Living’s mission of being the industry standard-bearer for unparalleled sustainability performance and practices.

“Stewardship of the Earth goes hand in hand with responsible business practices. That’s why we’re working collaboratively with SCS—a leading third-party certifier and standards developer—to ensure that the environmental standards of our Seed to Seal® program are the best they can be,” said Lauren Walker, Young Living Chief Supply Officer.

Young Living has worked hard to ensure that every aspect of its operations achieves the highest level of environmental, ethical, and quality accountability,” said Stanley Mathuram, P.E., Senior Vice President for SCS Global Services. “Consistent with its goal of continuously improving all aspects of its business, the enhanced sourcing protocols are enabling Young Living to more effectively evaluate its own performance and that of its supply chain, identify improvement opportunities, and determine the best steps forward.”

Young Living Seed to Seal

This is why Young Living Essential Oils products fit the frame in protecting the Mother Earth. The strict Seed to Seal® process that produces pure essential oil products for every individual, family, and lifestyle. This process ensures that all products are genuine, free of synthetic chemicals, and pure. They are pure plant based substance, which means biodegradable, free from poison and super safe for our oceans. This commitment stems from the company’s more than 20 years of stewardship toward the Earth and its people.

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