It's typical human nature to not understand things that aren't part of our day-to-day life and so, because of that, it might be hard for us to understand how Indigenous Peoples who, most of us are very uneducated about, might be the Key to Sustainable Development.
Considering you clicked on this article, we assume you already know what Sustainable Development is.
But, for those of you who don't know, Sustainable Development is, as documented by the Brundtland Commission Report, ''development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs''.
So, now that that is out of the way, you might ask, how are indigenous peoples helping us achieve Sustainable Development??
Well, we're glad you asked because we have just the answers you seek!
But, before we answer that, if we asked you, do you think indigenous peoples are capable of having a big impact on Sustainable Development - what would your answer be?
We can already tell that your answer would be no. How do we know this? Well, because not only did we used to think like you but also, for many years experts also said no when asked that same question.
Why? Well, we could get political and say it was because overlooking the role of indigenous peoples on our planet favored the food system on which we all depend. But today we chose education.
The truth is, we, as a society, are not well educated on indigenous peoples lives and the services they do for our planet.
That's why, as part of answering your question, we first have to understand what indigenous peoples represent on our planet, and how our view on them has changed over the years.
According to The World Bank, indigenous peoples makeup 5% of the world's population, occupying, owning, or using only a quarter of the world's surface area.
Not only that but, they're also the guardians of 80% of the world's Bioversity - which is a huge deal considering the accelerating of species extinction rates!
Indigenous Peoples have contributed a lot to the deforestation problem as well, not only by participating in several international conferences and delivering call-to-actions on how to fix the problem but also by resisting the deforestation and occupation of lands where they have lived for centuries!
But, if all of this is still not enough for you, we can also talk about how indigenous peoples are actively contributing to achieving #ZeroHunger all around the world.
According to this article by the Food and Agriculture Organization, not only are indigenous peoples agriculture practices resilient to climate change, but their foods are also resilient to climate change.
So now you understand how indigenous peoples are doing their part to achieve Sustainable Development: from fighting deforestation to finding ways to fix, helping preserve biodiversity, and contributing to safe and sustainable agriculture practices.
They are true heroes when it comes to Sustainable development and we should most definitely follow in their footsteps.
Now, it's time we talk about what you can do! We were wondering, aren't you curious to know how you can be an active part of achieving Sustainable Development? Because something tells us you do!
One of the first things you can do is learn about the Sustainable Development Goals!
Have you ever heard of the saying ''all roads lead to Rome''? What this means is that it doesn’t matter what path you follow, what road you decide to turn to, or where you are coming from. In the end, you will always reach whatever goal you set for yourself.
It's kind of the same with the Sustainable Development Goals, there are 17 Goals and only one target: Achieving Sustainable Development.
In September 2015, in a United Nations Summit, world leaders committed to implementing the Sustainable Development agenda. What is the Sustainable Development agenda? It’s an agenda, with 17 Development Goals, the SDGs. By achieving these goals, we will make our world one without poverty or inequalities by 2030.
Why is learning about the SDG's important? Well, the Sustainable Development Goals range from ending World Poverty to the fighting of gender inequalities. Picking one goal and actively working towards improving it might be a great way for you to start.
Goals help us stay focused and motivated, so it might be a great start for you as well!
Here at Auklett, we take Sustainable Development Goal number 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production very seriously.
All our products are responsibly made. We use sustainable materials like bamboo, we try to reduce our packaging to a minimum so we can reduce waste and we also work in close collaboration with our manufactures so we can ensure the most sustainable production process possible.
But SDG 12 isn't our only focus. We committed to try and achieve CO2 Neutrality by having a supply chain and transport that are carbon neutral. This is a huge step towards the fight against climate change and also a huge help to achieve SDG 13 - Climate Action.
Now you're thinking, sticking to goals is great but is that the only thing I can do?
Of course not, there's a lot more you can do and we are here to teach you all about it!
Part of the process of achieving world Sustainability also comes from us change our day-to-day routines and products to more sustainable and eco-friendly ones.
Have you ever heard of the Plastic Crisis? The Plastic Crisis is a term used to describe the world's growing problem of plastic pollution.
According to National Geographic, 8 million tons of plastic waste escapes into the ocean, flowing around in the ocean and endangering several different species.
If this is not alarming enough for you let us tell you a little bit about microplastics. After being in the sea, sunlight, and wind, plastic breaks into smaller pieces of trash called microplastics. These smaller pieces are oftentimes colorful and fish that fed on plankton confused them for food.
This is leading to microplastics already entering our food chain - fish fed on microplastics that stay accumulated in their bodies and we eat these fish. This is very concerning because scientists have no idea what the long-term effects of microplastics might be for us.
The reason why we think it's important that you understand a little bit about plastic pollution and microplastics it's because 40% of all plastics consumed are thrown away within a month! And, most of these items are single-use items that we discard in our homes.
Just think about it for a second, how many plastic products do you have in your home?
Let's see if we can guess a few: toothbrush, hairbrush, hand soap containers, and, perhaps, even your cutlery.
This is why it is important for us to do eco-friendly switches! The less plastic we own, the less plastic we waste and discard into the ocean.
And before you panic looking for your new sustainable products, let me introduce you to our sustainable products here at auklett!
Switch your plastic toothbrush for a Bamboo one!
Do you know how long it takes to decompose a plastic toothbrush? It takes 500 years! This means that, when you die, your first toothbrush will still be on our earth telling the story of how they helped you brush your first teeth!
It's insane how long they last but there's a very easy way you can fix that, you can opt for our bamboo toothbrushes!
Why is bamboo a better choice? Well, we use Maso Bamboo which is 100% compostable and sustainable. And, we also sell our bamboo toothbrushes in packs of 4.
Why is this a good thing? Well, considering dentists recommend you change your toothbrush every 3 months, for £10.95 you get a year supply!
It's a win-win situation - you save money and help the environment at the same time!
Upgrade your kitchenware with our sustainable products!
Wanna know a not-so-fun fact about sponges? They don't decompose, at all! That means all the sponges you've owned so far and discard are still out there, somewhere, not decomposing.
But don't worry, we have just the solution for you! Here at auklett, we offer two very interesting options.
Option 1: Cellulose Cleaning Sponge
A Cellulose Cleaning Sponge is a great replacement for your traditional kitchen sponge because cellulose is a natural, compostable material. It is affordable, eco-friendly and a good look on your new kitchen.
Option 2: Wooden Dish Brush With Removable Head
A Wooden Dish Brush is also a great replacement for your traditional kitchen sponge. They last longer and you can always remove the head and replace it and you find it necessary without feeling guilty considering the fibers on the head are composable.
But sponges aren't all we have to offer for your kitchen! We also have an amazing Bamboo Cooking Utensils set that would look amazing on your sustainable kitchen!
Again, they are made out of bamboo which is completely composable - contrary to your melted down plastic utensils - and they also look pretty cool. They are edgy and give a very cool ''I worry about the environment'' look to your kitchen!
But this is not all, how about a cute little eco-friendly gift for your friend?
Do you have a friend that loves a good homemade meal and takes his pre-made food everywhere? Or better, are you a ''I love to eat my packed lunch'' kind of person? Well, I have just the thing for you!
Our reusable Bamboo Cutlery Travel Set comes with a knife, fork, spoon, chopsticks, bamboo straw, and a straw cleaner, plus a cute little protection fabric to keep it all in place!
This set is a perfect travel set to help you or a special friend avoid using single-use plastic products while on a plane or even on your vacation destination.
Besides, all products are made out of bamboo which as we already established, is a compostable material meaning, when your set gets old, you can safely discard it.
These switches, besides being cool and trendy and eco-friendly, are also pretty affordable - which is always a plus.
All it takes for us to make a difference is to take a small step in the right direction. Look at indigenous peoples, for example. They don't have much but they do the best they can with the little that they have.
They protect their homes, they cultivate their lands safely, they help conservation and they protect the species that live among them. These are all little things with huge proven impacts on our planet.
We think that if they can make a difference with the little that they have, that you can also do it. Living sustainably doesn't always have to be boring and stressful, it can be easy and plenty of fun.
The environment is deteriorating rapidly and that calls for immediate action but, if we take small action steps now, there's still time to fix it. It just has to start from our small, individual actions.
Today you learned a little bit more about sustainable development, about the plastic crisis, and how you can help be part of the solution. Now, it's time you take action and change for the better.
Here at auklett, we have several different options and even more sustainable products to offer you! And, if our products aren't enough, you can also check our blog and learn a little bit about how to compost at home or even why bamboo is a highly sustainable material.
From products to blog articles teaching you how to live more sustainably, auklett provides you a way to step in the right direction. Now, the real question is, are you ready to take the next step?
We hope we made a difference on your path to living more sustainably and that we can count on you to help you make the world a greener place!