Stimulate biodiversity with MoestuinMaatjes (Vegetable Garden Buddies)
This week is all about encouraging people to aid biodiversity. An easy way to contribute to this is with the MoestuinMaatjes (Vegetable Garden Buddies) from Albert Heijn. With the MoestuinMaatjes you not only improve your own harvest, you also give something back to nature. On your balcony or in your garden, you contribute to a better biodiversity and more nature in your neighborhood. Fun, tasty and good for nature!
The National Bee Count
This weekend, on the 17th and 18th of April, the National Bee Count will be held. By counting and documenting bee behaviour, we can have an insight into the welfare of bees in the Netherlands, which is very important! Wild bees are responsible for a significant part of our food industry: 80% of our edible crops, and close to 90% of our wild plants, are dependent on pollination by bees or other insects. To help them pollinate, more information is needed on the number of bees and their pollination locations.
The Waterwell Guide
Ground- and drinking water have become such common things, that’s it’s nearly impossible to imagine that we are ever going to be without.
Voting and sustainability
Every week, we discuss ways to make your lifestyle more sustainable. You can have a look at the things you consume, the things you throw out, et cetera. There is another way that indirectly influences the sustainability of your lifestyle, one that you might not have thought of yet: elections.
On Wednesday the 17th of March, Dutch citizens will vote for their new government. Your stance on climate change and sustainability can be reflected in the party you vote for. Your vote actively contributes to the election of political parties which will make up the new government. This upcoming government has to take important decisions on matters like travelling, living, and food. They will be facing a massive challenge, namely to simultaneously restore the economy as well as nature, by drastically decreasing the greenhouse gas emissions.
National Meat-Free Week
Next week is the Dutch National Meat-Free Week, from Monday the 8th to Sunday the 14th of March. By not consuming any meat for a week during the National Meat-free Week, you lessen the environmental pressure of your (current) diet. This short-lasting dietary change therefore already contributes significantly to the betterment of the environment. Having solely vegetarian meals namely leads to the reduction of the amount of water used and of deforestation, and to a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions.