Thankfully, people worldwide have started (or are continuing) to notice the damage being caused to the environment. Sometimes, the task seems overwhelming especially when faced with numbers, statistics and facts. It's just too big a problem for an individual to deal with right? Well, wrong actually. If we break down the tasks into little steps and incorporate them into our own lives, we actually can and will make a difference. For example , if we look at plastic and the damage to our Oceans, this isn't just past tense, the damage is ongoing and unless we change our actions, it will get worse.
Plastic Oceans made a nine point checklist to remind us all that we can all help in some way. Watch their video below:
Here at Roody Originals, we also want to make sure that we do what we can to help and that is reflected in the type of products we offer (products that people want to keep, not dispose of) and our contribution to the environment. By 2023, our aim is to plant 1 million trees and we have already started thanks to our amazing customers. In 2018, we planted thousands and thousands of trees and hope to plant even more in 2019.
We’re super excited to get started – why not order some awesome hats, socks or sweaters while you’re here and help us plant some trees.
Some of the projects we're helping support through our charity partner, Eden Projects.
Made up of over 17,000 islands, Indonesia is one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. These islands are home to 12% of the world’s mammals, 16% of the world’s reptiles and amphibians, 17% of the world’s birds and 25% of global fish populations. Among these 17,000 islands, there are 135 threatened mammal species, including the endangered Sumatran Tiger, Orangutans, the Javan Rhinoceros and Sumatran Elephants.
An estimated 40 million rural dwelling Indonesians rely heavily on the biodiversity of their environment for subsistence needs. Traditional fishermen rely on the wetland ecosystems all around the islands, including mangroves, coral reefs and sea grass for their livelihood. In the last 3 decades, Indonesia has lost over 40% of its mangrove forests, affecting not only the environment and the species that rely on them but also the communities that depend on this ecosystem for survival.
Eden Reforestation Projects is working with local villagers on Biak Island and West Java to restore, replant and protect these unique and vital forest systems.
Eden Reforestation Projects launched its Madagascar project sites in 2007 by restoring ecologically devastated mangrove estuaries in the northwest of the country. Mangrove forests are essential ecosystems whose dense roots serve as an anchor for the soil and coastline preventing erosion and creating a barrier between harsh ocean systems and land. What began as primarily mangrove restoration and reforestation in 2007 grew to include a variety of native dry deciduous species in 2012.
Eden Projects partners include two National Park systems, which aim to reforest and revive natural habitat for endangered and endemic animal species.