With a view to the future and moving out of this chrysalis stage, what does the future hold for us all? How has COVID-19 changed us? Has it taught us anything or do we just go back to the way we always were? Will we do life better or in time forget about it all and continue to engage in the same habits with the same outcomes? There's plenty time for now to ponder and plan for the kind of future we want to see for humanity and the universe. It's a moment to really reflect and write down what you'd love to see happen as an individual, as a community, as a race. When normality returns, this list will serve as a reminder of your convictions, and act as a check list as to how close or far you veered towards or away from it when life was in isolation.
There's a lot to consider as individuals. The slogan we're all in this together is a great reminder that we're all connected globally, universally. If one human can make changes in the world, it stands to reason that a united front is bound for a better planet, a better society. Perhaps the following are a few things we can all consider, and any additions in the comments below for a better humanity is welcome. Great oaks from little acorns grow, and as such we can all take part in cleaning up our world and giving mother nature the respect she deserves. Every action we take creates a ripple effect across the universe and understanding that we are all one and need to take care of the planet we live on is a good place to start. The buck stops with us.
It all starts with the birds and the bees, and it pays to view the world on a global scale. It's time to wake up Australia and pay attention to what's going on around us in a world beyond selfies and social media so we can make informed and educated decisions and be alert about what goes in government, foreign investments, the food chain, the environment, staying sustainable and so on. We can all make a difference. It's old news now, but realise how important the smallest things like bees are to our survival on this planet. They are the pollinators in our ecosystem and it's almost impossible to overstate this fact. They're not the only pollinators but are by far the best for the job. Other pollinators visit flowers only to suck nectar and any pollen that sticks to them in the process is a happy accident, whereas bees need pollen to feed their larvae, hence biologically driven to gather it.
So what can we do as individuals? Bees need flowers, so one of the simplest things you can do is to plant as many flowers as you can. Aim for a mix of species with something in bloom at all times of the year. Some native bees feed primarily on native plants hence species such as callistemon, brachyscome and melaleuca are good choices, as are non-natives like perennial basil, salvias and lavenders. Many bees and flies (who are also pollinators) love brassicas (broccoli, kale, mustard), so allowing a few plants to go to flower will delight the bees. If you happen to live in a highly urbanised concrete jungle, inner-city gardens have been shown to support a large number of bees as long as there are plenty of flowers. If you plant it, they will come. Bee the change. With lower insecticide uses in the city, cities may be important sites for bee conservation. Take a look at The Great Australian Bee Challenge and be inspired.
Hive & Wellness in collaboration with Rural Aid and The Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) and parent company for the Capilano brand have launched Hive Aid for our forgotten farmers, the drought-affected beekeepers, so please think about DONATING. They play a crucial role in our food production and right now are in a battle for survival. The next obvious step to think about are our farmers. They are the lifeblood of our country and so many of them do it tough all the time to put food on our table. With the recent spread of COVID-19, even if unrelated, whatever the argument may be, it should put us on alert to support Australian, buy Australian and know where our food comes from, from farm to plate, under strict government health guidelines so we can feel safe.
You can help by DONATING to Rural Aid and return the favour. Especially this year where it's been tough with bushfires, flood one minute, drought the next, and of course coronavirus. 2020 is a year that'll claim its infamy in history. You can also help out at Buy A Bale and DONATE to help support Australia's rural communities and our Aussie farmers who true to their tenacious spirit have continued to work hard to put food on our tables despite everything that has been thrown at them. It's time to get our priorities straight. You don't need to wait to help or simply donate on your own. You could register to have a donation barrel at your workplace. Schools can have a Gold Coin Day fundraiser, host a fundraiser yourself like a Parma for a Farmer and make your next meal count, or volunteer with one of our Aussie farmers and join the Farm Army to help them recover and more.
Our habitat, our native species, or forests, the great outdoors, it's all important to our Australian lifestyle envied by many around the world. Let's keep it that way. Our forests are home to hundreds of rare and threatened native species. Due to logging, deforestation, and the climate-fuelled bushfires, their habitats are disappearing and they're being pushed to the brink of extinction. Bushfires have made it critical that we save our precious native forests. They clean our air and water and give us a stomping ground on our magical great outdoors. The Wilderness Society is calling for Forest Guardians to protect our forests and all the animals who call it home by making a tax-deductible donation today, so just DONATE. Yes, it's all about money, money, money. It's what makes the world go round and just happens to be the denomination we deal in today. More importantly, it's the human behind the dollars that places it where it's most needed and our forests and wildlife needs you now.
You could also Give A Shift About Nature, keep Turtelly Clean and Stay Wild! Turtelly Clean helps fight plastic pollution and are a cleanup project in the making. Be aware of global environmental problems and the solutions you can take part in with Give A Shift About Nature. Spare a thought about landfill too with MANRAGS. You can look good, feel good and do good at the same time. There's plenty of information out there. The point is to open our eyes, educate ourselves, be aware, live life consciously, stay environmentally conscious, know that we are all one as a human race, stay sustainable and source local.
International trade will always exist as after all, we are all as one, globally. Countries have traded with each other over aeons of time and that's not going to stop. However, where it's important, source local food, buy and support local and take care of our society, our community. Sure, we pay a little more now, but look forward to demand creating need as aforementioned, which should tame the price of production that's affordable for all of us to support our own. Please feel free to add to the list of Aussie environmental, local businesses, charities we can all help to make a difference and bring our beloved country back to an even keel. Here's to being better than we were the day before, post-COVID-19.
Well said. It ends (hopefully not...) with the health of our planet, starting locally.
This is our chance to IMPROVE...Not go go back to our bad habits.....
India's clear sky, Venice's clear water....The polluting damage we lived & should not return to...THIS IS OUR WAKE-UP CALL!