The Earth is a beautiful place to live. But, for the past century, our planet has been extremely damaged. It was getting worse and worse every day. Many people now realize that the planet is in danger. Even though an increasing number of people notice the damage, only a few actually do something to prevent it.
As an Example, these proactive people clean beaches, build small farms and also develop eco-friendly cities.
“Auxx me” have gathered some inspirational stories about people from different countries who do extraordinary things every day to save the earth. These people’s mission is to save the earth by making it a better place for each and every living being.
1. Turtles returned to a clean beach in India after 20 years.
A wonderful beach in Mumbai was covered with garbage. Initially, the beach was the birthplace for olive turtles. Olive turtles moved to other regions because the beach was covered with garbage.
Fortunately, A man named Afroz Shah came to this beach and started cleaning up the trash. There are also volunteers who supported him to finish the cleaning process.
Eventually, they took away more than 5,000 pieces of trash. The UN considered it the “world’s biggest beach cleanup venture.” The good news is, turtles returned and laid eggs in this spring after 20 years.
2. “Cleanman” can collect 28 bags of trash in 1 hour.
The world is too polluted and we are the ones who are doing it. However, Cleanman from Chelyabinsk has taken actions for the sake of the world’s ecology. Dirty, trash-filled areas in forests and parks are reborn after his visit and he leaves a long row of trash bags behind him
He gained the attention of the society when Dutch people made a video about him. Subsequently, he gained followers because of his effort towards the environment. When he was asked about the mask, he said that he wanted to attract attention to the problem of ecology, not to himself.
His motto is simple: “Cleaning is easy and there is nothing humiliating about it!”
3. “Water Wells for Africa” project
In 1994, Kurt Dalin was in Malawi and he saw that people in Malawi were struggling for water.
He saw girls who had to walk for miles to bring huge buckets of water on their heads. Therefore, he decided to help them. He created a well in the poorest and dryest village in Malawi. This saved all the inhabitants who were constantly thirsty and had to drink dirty water.
In the first 4 years, the project supplied water to 26,000 people. 10 years later, there were 76 wells and the organization Water Wells for Africa was founded. Today, more than 300,000 people in Africa have access to pure water.
4. Fashion brands support eco-friendly clothing.
Most famous clothing brands in the world such as Levi’s, NIKE, Zara and M&S have been promoting eco-friendly ideas for many years. As an example, H&M uses organic cotton and doesn’t use natural fur. M&S opened factories that have equipment that requires less electricity and water. Zara doesn’t just release eco-friendly clothing but they also keep separate trash containers in their stores.
Levi’s released eco-denim and jeans with a “Waterless” sign which means the company saves water in different production stages. Adidas has created collections of eco-friendly sneakers made of trash collected from the ocean. Most companies now use bags that are biodegradable.
5. Forest-healing drones
Deforestation can have a negative impact on the environment and it will slowly destroy our planet. According to “one green planet” deforestation is responsible for 20 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and has been associated with human and animal rights violations.
However, some companies are looking for ways to restore what some call the “lungs of the planet”. As an example, there’s a drone named Robin that can plant trees throughout 1 hectare (107,639 sq ft) in 18 minutes and count 100,000 trees in a day. A British project called BioCarbon Engineering was established with the goal to plant 500 billion trees by the year 2050 in order to combat deforestation.
6. The “greenest” restaurant in the world
MUSE School, a school in California, has been described as the country’s first vegan school. The cafeteria of the school is one of the highly recognized eco-free restaurants in the country.
The cafeteria has gained high scores in criteria’s such as the quality of the food, the menu, the efficient use of resources, waste management etc.. The cafeteria is also ranked as a four-star restaurant in America. The school was co-founded in 2006 by James Cameron’s wife Suzy Amis Cameron and her sister Rebecca Amis. Susy presented this restaurant with solar batteries in the shape of turning sunflowers.
The school grows their own fruits and vegetables and they were able to replace most of the food in their menu to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
7. Removing the “Eastern Garbage Patch”
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Over a few decades, humans have managed to release tons of garbage into the ocean. As a result, fish and wildlife are becoming intoxicated. It is upsetting to see that not much of a cleanup effort taking place.
It is evident that there are more than 100,000 tons of plastic released to the Pacific Ocean. Furthermore, many scientists proposed many ideas and thoughts to clean it.
However, Mr. Boyan Slat proposed the best method to remove “Eastern Garbage Patch” 6 years ago. The project was started at the beginning of 2018 with additional improvements.
The mission of the project is to remove 50% of trash in 5 years by using floating barriers. Afterward, Trash will be used to produce chairs, car parts and many other things. Most investors of The Ocean Cleanup Foundation are Silicon Valley’s businessmen.
8. “The Shoe That Grows” project
In 2007, Kenton Lee was living and working in Nairobi, Kenya. He noticed that many children in the community were either shoeless or wearing shoes that didn’t fit their feet. Therefore, He came up with a new innovation which is a sandals that could grow together with a child’s foot.
Using a special tool, the size of the shoe can be increased by 5 points. These shoes are adjustable as per the size of the foot and also the durability of the shoes will be 5- 6 years.
Eventually, He created a website for The Shoe That Grows project where anyone has the access to purchase shoes from anywhere from the world.
9. A family grows tons of vegetables to supply surrounding restaurants.
There’s a family in California who runs Urban Homestead. They grow enough fruits and vegetables for themselves and also for local restaurants.
They have a variety of 400 different vegetables, fruits, and even edible flowers. They produce 3 tons of harvest a year. They also have animals like ducks, chickens, goats, and bees. Therefore, they have the ability to supply fresh eggs, milk, and honey to the market.
Initially, this family wanted to grow only safe food for their children. However, the father set solar batteries on the roof. He started to power his car with plant waste in order to save water and land.
The family uses vertical gardens and clay pots. “People thought we were crazy 33 years ago when we started, but it worked out. And now 90% of our food comes from the garden which is just $2 per family member,” they explain.
10. Neapolis Smart Ecocity — a city of the 21st century
There is an Eco-City call Neapolis in Cyprus near pathos. It’s a unique place in the Mediterranean. In this city, there are houses to live in, entertainment hubs, malls, hospitals, a green area and a view of the sea. In this wonderful city, you will be able to work and get an education in the research center and university.
All the supply systems of Neapolis will be equipped with AI which will help to protect the environment. 25% of the energy will be produced using natural resources. The new life in Neapolis will start around the year 2023.
11. People of India planted 50 million trees in 1 day
Volunteers in India worked for 24 hours planting 80 different kinds of trees in 2016. They planted the trees along roads, railways, and on public land. They were managed to plant 49.3 million plants in one single day which is a world record.
As many people cut down trees for fire and other personal gains, India (so as many other countries) loose a huge amount forest each year.
I am a Business Management graduate from the University Of Staffordshire (UK) and a qualified personnel officer who completed the National Diploma of Training and Human Resource development at Institute of Personnel Management (Sri-Lanka).
Apart from my professional career in the field of HRM, I am also a freelance writer of web and business contents.