It is that time of the year, when we reflect on the year behind us and give thought to the year ahead. We all have the power to affect positive change. Here are just some things that you can consider doing this year to keep our Garden Route region one of the best places on earth!
Buying local has far reaching benefits for both the community and the environment. We are fortunate in that we have many options when it comes to sourcing local produce - Wild Oats Farmer's Market, Mosaic Market, Scarab Market, Harkerville Market, Green Road – these are some of the finest Markets in the country, which sell a wide variety fresh, seasonal food produce and wonderful arts and crafts. By buying local, you not only support the local economy, but you also drastically reduce your carbon footprint.
Many say that true happiness is achieved when you step outside yourself and do things for others. There are many NPO's, NGO's, environmental organisations and community upliftment programs one can join where one can make a tangible difference. Whether it is volunteering at a charitable organisation or taking part in a beach clean up, every little bit goes towards making the Greater Knysna a better place for all.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Restore
They say less is more and many people are starting to realise that this is indeed true. We live in a mass consumerism culture, attaining material assets that we do not really need. This is putting a massive burden on our environment and if we want to keep the Garden Route as beautiful and awe-inspiring as it is now, we all need to buy less, reuse more and recycle everything that we can. “Waste has value. Re-using, Repairing, Restoring or Recycling is a move towards considered consumption.”
Say NO to single use plastic.
The harsh reality of our mindless plastic consumption is becoming increasingly evident. One needs only to walk the length of any beach and see all the plastic that the ocean spits out on a daily basis. Every little bit of plastic that is produced is destined to remain on the planet forever. Studies estimate that around eight million metric tons of our plastic waste enter the oceans from land each year, and if nothing is done to curb our excessive use of it there will be more plastic in the ocean that fish by 2050. That is a scary statistic and one that should propel everyone into action.
It is easy to make changes, one merely needs to be continually mindful. Say no to single use shopping bags, plastic straws, plastic cutlery, plastic water bottles. Be the change you want to see in the world.
Immerse yourself in nature.
The Garden Route is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth. We are pretty spoilt, we have forests, mountains, lakes and sublime shoreline... all ripe for exploration. It has been scientifically proven that being in nature is not only good for the soul, but for the body too. When you immerse yourself in natural world, you are also likely to become more mindful of the health of our environment, which, now more than ever, needs our attention.