We humans face many different challenges. But none of them will occupy our attention in the next decade as much as assessing our relationship with our planet. The biggest question we need to ask ourselves: how do we create a future in which both Humans and Nature can live in balance again and thrive together?
Thousands of years ago, there were only a few million hunter-gatherers spread across the globe. We lived within the resources available but always in balance with our planet. We had to fight hard to survive and nature had our fate in its hand. It was a balance that theoretically could have lasted forever. However, not for us.
We adopted quickly and learned how to tame the wild and get more from the planet than we necessarily needed to simply survive. Our population boomed with now more than 7.6 billion people living on this planet. And so did our demands. Every time a new problem arose, our minds took on the challenge and solved it, altering most of the Earth’s surface in the process and with some non-reversible impact.
In fact we have changed the world we live in so profoundly, scientists named it the era of the “Anthropocene” – The Age of Humans. Humans will now determine Nature’s survival, and nature not ours.
At this point, we are now out of balance with our planet and unless we get that balance back, the Age of Humans is destined to be short-lived.
What’s the problem?
Our planet is becoming less wild. In the last twenty years, we have lost majority of our wilderness. In with that, we lost our biodiversity. The planet is an interconnected web of relationships maintaining a healthy balance between all within it to maintain itself and all within this ecosystem. With the loss of biodiversity, we challenged those delicate relationships, ultimately, our world, became less wild, less stable, less able to absorb our impact. And stability is what it needs the most.
Our impact is the number of people on Earth multiplied by what each of us consume.
This is our chance.
To regain balance with nature, we must make sure that everything we do, we can do forever – that we live “sustainably” on Earth. To do that we need to understand how our planet works. Earth is a living planet, with a collection of different habitats. If all the habitats run smoothly, the Earth will be in balance, and we too can thrive.
We need to support our farming communities as they play a vital role when using regenerative techniques that are promoted through organic farming methods, where synthetic pesticides, artificial chemical fertilisers, herbicides and GM crops are prohibited. And you can too by supporting certified-organic and community sourced produce.
Be curious and check the labels to see where your food and the ingredients brands are using come from or, if you have a farmers’ market near you, ask the farmer or reach out to your brand and ask.
Share your Love for the Planet on #Earthday
The Earth is beautiful, so inspiring and ever-changing. On this Earth Day we are inviting you to share your love for this beautiful place we all call home.
Take this day as an opportunity to do something different: stop, reflect and share. And we would love to see how you’re showing your gratitude for our one true love this Earth Day.
Feed your skin with plant based ingredients from the Earth’s rich soil
When using your Everyday Face Oil this Earth Day, you are giving your skin the gift of beautiful community-sourced, plant based ingredients. There are only a handful of ingredients in our oil and each one has been chosen to perform a specific function for your skin. Our Community-sourced Cacay oil from the prime rainforest boosts collagen production, regenerates your skin and is an excellent ingredient to moisturise your skin. We work with local families and indigenous communities in symbiosis with nature to source our beautiful ingredients and make a difference in the way we work with nature and not against.
Using only what nature has gifted us and providing a full ingredient list on our labels of the bottle is our way of showing gratitude for the organic ingredients we use – absolutely nothing hidden, no synthetics or artificial ingredients. We are one of the few brands that transparently and clearly share the ingredients, not only on our packaging, on our website but also on our labels. So that you feel empowered what you put on your skin.
And this is what Our Planet needs: our love and kindness. So once you’ve finished with our Everyday Face Oil, you can up-cycle the amber glass bottle and use it as a single stem vase for a cheerful bloom to brighten up your window ledge or surprise a loved one with their favourite flower this Earth Day. Or if you don’t know how to recycle it, please go to our page here and learn more about it. Alternatively, you are welcome to contact us to arrange a return of the empty bottle and we can arrange a recycling of it.
If this has inspired you to share what you’re grateful for this Earth Day, create your own Love Letter and share it with us on Instagram @nayaglow
`. Spread of human migration map is drawn from: American Museum of Natural History (2016). Human Population Through Time. [Accessed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUwmA3Q0_OE]
2. The map of historic biome extent is categorised into grassland, forest and jungle biomes. Data from: Olson, D. M., Dinerstein, E., Wikramanayake, E. D., Burgess, N. D., Powell, G. V. N., Underwood, E. C., D’Amico, J. A., Itoua, I., Strand, H. E., Morrison, J. C., Loucks, C. J., Allnutt, T. F., Ricketts, T. H., Kura, Y., Lamoreux, J. F., Wettengel, W. W., Hedao, P., Kassem, K. R. (2001) Terrestrial ecoregions of the world: a new map of life on Earth. Bioscience, 51(11), 933-938 [Accessed at https://www.worldwildlife.org/publications/terrestrial-ecoregions-of-the-world]
3. The map of current biome extent is categorised into grassland, forest and jungle biomes. Data from: Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) Columbia University (2005). Last of the Wild Project, Version 2, 2005 (LWP-2): Last of the Wild Dataset (Geographic). Palisades, NY: NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC). https://doi.org/10.7927/H4348H83. Accessed 01 FEB 2019.