52 Weeks, 52 Challenges: Week 10

Waves Of Change, For Our Oceans

For 52 weeks, we will be introducing a new challenge to better the environment each week. A new goal will be set forth to add on to the previous weeks goal and after one year, you will have 52 lifestyle changes that will better the environment.

Everyone starts a new year with a resolution. But at Sea Voice News, we want everyone’s year to be much bigger than one resolution. Picture this as a snowball rolling down a mountain. At the top, it’s one small singular snowball. But as it starts rolling down the mountain, it adds more and more snow till it becomes massive. Week 1 is the top of the mountain and week 52 is the bottom. By the time we all reach week 52, our snowball will be one big change in the way we live our lives. It will be a real change to fighting the negative impact humans have on the environment.

Each week, our new goal will give us a chance to make a significant impact on the environment while not having to change our lifestyles too much. The reality of our society is that it does not take a lot to make an impact. This challenge will give you the opportunity to set weekly goals and continue to build on the them throughout the year.

So without further ado, introducing the goal for week 10….

Reduce Fast Food Consumption

Whether it’s Chick-fil-a, McDonalds, Wendy’s or Subway, the amount of excess trash that is created by purchasing one meal is astounding. Every item is wrapped in paper or plastic as single-use plastic is used widely in the industry.

Cutting fast food out of your diet will is a huge lifestyle change that will make you a much healthier person if you substitute the right stuff but by doing so, you could also be helping to save the environment.

Ready to get started on cutting out fast food? Here are five reasons why your decisions will make an impact!

1. Packaging– Fast food places use a A LOT of packaging. From the wrappers and straws to the boxes and bags, fast food packaging counts for an estimated 40 percent of all litter (including drinks, chips, candy, and other snacks) with Styrofoam being the most common food waste. What’s more, Styrofoam takes more than 900 years to breakdown in landfill or in the oceans!

2. Greenhouse Gases– You probably wouldn’t think of eating a Big Mac as contributing to your carbon footprint but the intensive resources required to make just a standard cheeseburger, from growing the wheat to make the buns to feeding the cattle, and eventually their slaughter, and even the energy required to pickle the cucumbers, the resulting consumption is phenomenal converting to CO2 emissions of somewhere between 1 – 3.5 kg. That doesn’t even account for the methane being produced by cows itself. Methane is a greenhouse gas like CO2 But the negative effect on the climate of Methane is 23 times higher than the effect of CO2. Therefore the release of about 100 kg Methane per year for each cow is equivalent to about 2’300 kg CO2 per year.

3. Transportation-It’s not just burgers and chips that play a role in the effects that fast food have on the environment. Ready meals and other prepared food is equally to blame for damaging our precious planet. Distributing trucks add to the pollution, emissions, and congestion, all of which contribute to climate change. Reports suggest that ordering online and having groceries delivered to your door can actually cut carbon costs, but an even better idea is to buy locally and always car share or walk when possible.

4. Water Contamination-Thanks to all the pathogens, hormones, drugs, and fertilizers that are used to produce fast food, it is all making its way into our water tables and ocean which  has dramatically altered water quality. Outbreaks of waterborne illness including E. Coli, marine life dead zones, and numerous other hazards can all be contributed to fast food.

5. Factory Farming- Most protein products produced for the fast food industry is done in very inhumane setting for the sole purpose to feed the billions of people in our world.  In factory farms, animals are forced to endure inherently cruel and inhumane conditions that deprive them of all their basic instincts. When you buy local, you know where your meat or eggs are coming from and can find out much easier if they are raised humanely.

Check out weeks 1-8 below:

Week 1: Go Straw Free!

Week 2: Pick Up One Piece Of Trash Per Day!

Week 3: Stop Using Single Use Coffee Cups

Week 4: Replace Plastic Bags With Reusable

Week 5: Reduce Your Food Waste!

Week 6: Buy Fresh Produce Without Plastic

Week 7: Cut Out Phantom Energy

Week 8: Use Only A Reusable Water Bottle!

Week 9: Bike Everywhere!

Comment below and let us know how you are making a difference!

One Comment on “52 Weeks, 52 Challenges: Week 10”

  1. Brita filter pitchers are an excellent way to save on water bottle plastic if you don’t like the taste of tap water. Yes there is a difference between bottled and tap. Tap has a lot of metals in it including calcium (and chlorine, which isn’t a metal, but is still found in tap water), especially if you live in an area with harder water. To me, personally, it makes it distasteful, but the prospect of using entire pallets of water bottles and just throwing them away makes me cringe, so I got a filter pitcher, and also a water bottle with a filter in it.

    The pitcher filters out all the nasty tasting metals, and also allows the chlorine in the water to aerate out if you let it sit for a bit, without letting harmful things (like bacteria in the air..) IN.

    Maybe some people like the extra taste of the metals; it’s not like they’re particularly harmful, that’s just why some people don’t like the taste of tap water, even if they can’t explain it. Filter pitchers are for those people. Pair this with a reusable water bottle and you’re golden.

    Also, and I don’t mean to write an essay here, but you can get a reusable k-cup for your keurig. You can put whatever coffee in whatever amount you want in it and brew with it the same as you would a single-use k-cup.

    That said! In response to the week 9 title, not everybody can just bike everywhere…

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