“I love you” to Planet Earth – on Valentine’s Day and beyond

Credit: heyevent.com

Credit: heyevent.com

What will you give our Planet on Valentine’s Day?

Without sounding too pompous, I will give it a stronger commitment to fight to protect it. Both in everyday routine by behaving more sustainably (recycle, upcycle and bicycle more; consume less; use less energy; think long-term, think sustainable development; talk about sustainability and the reasons to protect the planet with my kids; look at my food and my clothes come from, for a start) but also by being more proactive in acting against climate change, against fast fashion, against abuse and violation of human rights of workers and non-ethical supply chain (mainly in the fashion industry).

I volunteer (sustainability-related projects), run upcycling workshops and take part in various initiatives to protect our Planet. And I will do more. This Valentine’s Day I am giving the Planet my time (and a bit of courage to brave the rain and the wind).

First, I am going to a planning meeting to support the Time to Act campaign in organizing and running the Climate March on 7 March, and do some flyering. Then straight to the City Hall for the Global Divestment Day London Action to spell out a message – literally, in giant human letters – to the London Assembly about the devastating consequences of investments in fossil fuels , and to demand our city goes fossil free. Everyone is welcome to join, and I hope the message will go a long way.

This is my way to tell the Planet “I love you” on Valentine’s Day. Some people in this video (posted on the Divest London Facebook page, 13 Feb) mention giving the Planet “a sense of unity [that we will all fight to save the planet, that we are in all of this together]”, “a voice and energy to act”, “a courage to be prepared to fight” as their way to express their love. What’s yours?

Ps. I will try to post some photos from both events tomorrow. See you at the City Hall at 12.30!

About martas2912

Sustainable tourism specialist with communications, marketing and stakeholder engagement background, specialising in sustainable destination management and Protected Areas (PA) tourism. Advised and provided training on responsible tourism development for several international organizations in the Caucasus, the Western Balkans and Eastern Europe. Speaker and trainer. Mentor and an Associate Staff member at Leeds Beckett University for the MSc in Responsible Tourism Management course, focussing all academic research on mountain and PA tourism in the Caucasus
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