Last week, I stumbled across Daisy London‘s beautiful bracelets – in collaboration with Ellie Goulding. The intricate design of the polar bear caught my eye immediately but that’s not why I bought it. I bought it because these limited edition have been created to raise money and awareness for WWF’s work on climate change.
“It all starts with a small change to our every day lives that, in turn and together, can make a real difference. By creating this bracelet with Daisy jewellery, we aim to not only raise awareness of the effects of climate change, but to reinstate this conversation. This bracelet will represent the conversation and, for those who wear it, it will show that they really care. That’s what the team at Daisy do so well – create jewellery with real meaning.” – Ellie Goulding
I have always been passionate about climate change and a WWF-fangirl (yes, really). I studied a degree in zoology quite simply because I love animals, and the other aspects of my degree opened my eyes to the destruction we are creating. My MSc dissertation was about the representation of climate change in Sir David Attenborough’s BBC documentaries. This is something I care deeply about – which is why I was happy to spend £60 on a bracelet to support this cause.
I chose the 925 sterling silver version and I’ve not taken it off since getting it. It runs with me, showers with me and sleeps with me. It’s great quality, beautiful and helps save the planet – what more could you want?
Get yours here: https://www.daisyjewellery.com/collections/ellie-goulding
WHAT IS CLIMATE CHANGE?
Climate change, sometimes referred to as global warming, is the most pressing and critical threat to our planet today and tomorrow. Not only does it effect humans, it’s affecting our forests, our waters and our animals. Glaciers are melting at record speed, sea levels are rising, threatening coastal towns and villages, forests are decreasing, leaving less and less space for animals and plants and this all means that wildlife is dying. It is clear that as humans have developed, and our industries / technologies with us, we have caused this warming – not only by creating more and more poisonous fumes, but also by releasing heat-trapping ‘greenhouse gases’. The heat we are creating has nowhere to escape, thus it heats up the surface of the Earth instead.
A stable climate is a vital foundation for all life on Earth but our climate is now changing dangerously fast, with widespread and harmful effects on people, animals and the wild places we love.
WHY A POLAR BEAR?
The polar bear usually takes centre stage when the topic of climate change comes to mind – and rightly so, as it is one of the animals most affected by climate change. These amazing animals are under threat due to the loss of their sea ice habitat caused by climate change. Polar bears spend most of their time on sheets of frozen ocean water, which melt in the warmer months and then reform in winter. When the ice melts, polar bears are forced to come ashore and survive mostly on stored fat until the ice refreezes – a period that is getting longer and longer as the environment heats up due to climate change.
The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the global average putting polar bear populations in imminent danger. The global population of polar bears is currently estimated at somewhere between 22,000-31,000 and it is predicted that one third of all polar bears will disappear by 2050.
That’s why Daisy and Ellie decided to create something very small (and very beautiful), that will hopefully have a big impact in the fight to save our planet.
By buying and wearing these bracelets, you are supporting WWF’s fight against climate change. Get yours here: https://www.daisyjewellery.com/collections/ellie-goulding
WHY IS CLIMATE CHANGE SO BAD?
Daisy London answers this question pretty well on their website – so I’ma pass this one over to them: see here.
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO TO HELP?
1. Travel Smart: reduce your miles by driving and flying less – walk, bike, take public transport and car share where possible.
2. Fully Loaded: only use the washing machine or dishwasher when they are full. If you need to use it at half full, use the half-load or economy setting and be sure to wash at a low temperature.
3. Turn It Off! Switch appliances off rather than leaving them on standby. The same goes for lights, switch them off when you are not using a room.
4. Bag For Life: as I’m sure you’re all aware by now, carrier bags in the UK carry an extra charge, this is designed to encourage people to reuse their shopping bags. Leave reusable bags next to your door as a reminder for the next time you go shopping.
5. Use Ecosia: this is something I’ve started doing recently – instead of using Google as your search engine, use Ecosia. Ecosia uses it’s ad revenue to pay to plant trees. It’s free and it’s just as good as Google!
6. Eat Sustainably: I’m not saying go vegan overnight, but just make a conscious decision to eat less red meat, to only eat free range, organic eggs, and to buy fish that was sustainably caught. It takes you approx. 15 more seconds to check the label.