WORLD EARTH DAY 2019
Forced To Flee's Theme: CLIMATE REFUGEES
Global Theme: PROTECTING OUR SPECIES
Global Theme: PROTECTING OUR SPECIES
World Earth Day 2019 by Forced To Flee
This Earth Day, Forced To Flee are dedicated to raising awareness about the pressing issue of climate refugees and environmental migrants.
This year's special feature includes:
A Plasticky World - By Ishaan Shah
Did you know that every year, around 8 million metric tonnes of plastic goes into our oceans? That is the equivalent of emptying a rubbish truck full of plastic into the ocean every minute. Plastic pollution has created a 400-year problem with many catastrophic effects. Moreover, because plastic degrades slowly, just one plastic bag in the ocean can kill over a thousand dolphins. Furthermore, 50% of all sea turtles in our oceans have ingested plastic; plastics in the oceans are threatening six key species including: sea turtles, sea lions, sea birds, fish and whales and dolphins; all of which are vital to allowing the ocean’s ecosystem to thrive.
What two things to the words: food, air, water, new medicines, beauty, recreation and climate, have in common? Yes, they are what humans need but another thing they have in common is the ocean. Without the ocean’s inhabitants, humans wouldn’t be able to survive. From producing 50% of the world’s oxygen and absorbing fifty times more carbon dioxide than the atmosphere (reducing climate change impacts), to regulating climate patterns and providing at least a sixth of the animal protein people eat, the ocean’s inhabitants have never been more important to man at this crucial stage in history. In simple terms, we need them for the earth, for humans to function.
After giving speeches and talking to others I have formulated my four top tips on how YOU can get involved. They are: educating yourself and others, reuse plastics, switch to alternative products such as metal straws or reusable bags, and finally put pressure on companies, businesses, restaurants, your local politicians and schools to reduce their plastic pollution and to switch to reusable products.
Never be afraid to bring about social change. From personal experience, IT'S WORTH IT!
Remember, be a part of the solution, not the pollution!
Reuse it or refuse it! Beat plastic pollution.
An interview with the founder of Forced To Flee - Aryan Sanghrajka
1. Do you think the media is doing enough to cover Climate Refugees in particular?
Definitely not! The media has strayed from the refugee crisis in general. That, in my opinion is why some people have lost interest! I believe the media is 100% not doing enough to cover climate refugees. Climate change is one of the biggest issues that face our world today and as a result, innocent people are forced to leave their homes with little money to try and re-build their lives somewhere else. The media needs to do more to cover climate refugees!
2. What more can people do to help climate refugees?
DONATE! I cannot emphasise more the importance of donating. I was recently invited to UNHCR UK as a result of £500 that Forced To Flee raised, and the fundraising team stressed the massive importance of donating. Any money that gets donating could save countless lives. About climate refugees, I think the best way to stop them is by stopping global warming and climate change! It doesn't help when you have Heads of State, such as the President of the USA denying such important issues like climate change!
3. What are Forced To Flee's next steps in helping the environment, as I keep seeing 'Protecting Our Environment' on your World Earth Day campaign materials?
We have some new and exciting projects that are coming. Our earth does not only consist of natural environment, our social environment counts too! We want a better world for our grandchildren to grow up in. The amount of hate that surrounds us is extremely worrying. There is so much nastiness in the world and Forced To Flee really want to raise awareness of this issue. Not only is our natural surroundings such as forests and oceans in danger, so is our social environment! It is worrying to see the amount of hate certain groups and individuals get for being who they are! It is not fair. So our next steps in helping the environment is helping to improve both out natural and ecological environment as well as our social environment.