It’s the little things that make the big difference

In the fourth of a series of articles by our Youth Newsroom reporters, Vicky Scheick from the Netherlands shows how small contributions can acheive great things.

It’s the little things that make the big difference

Every Tuesday the Dutch Janouk Kelderman makes an Instagram video about sustainable tips and tricks: Sustainable Tuesday. In these videos, she enthusiastically talks about useful and easy tips that everyone can apply themselves to live a more sustainable and climate adaptive life.

During a road trip through New Zealand, Janouk got inspired to share her knowledge about sustainable living with others. There she saw with her own eyes how far they have come with implementing sustainability. Supermarkets are largely plastic-free, and you can separate your waste in different bins on almost every corner of the street. Sustainability is supported by everyone, by the New-Zealand’s citizens, companies, and the government. Where we in Europe and the west really have to do our best for sustainability, it is there ‘a way of living.’

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To show people that the step to a more sustainable life is easy to take, Janouk shares accessible tips and initiatives. In her Instagram videos she, for example, discusses what biodiversity and climate adaptation mean and what we as people can do to adapt to the climate, and how we can increase biodiversity. Think, for example, about removing tiles from your garden and plant greenery instead or placing a water barrel in the backyard to collect rainwater and use this during dry times. She also provides sustainable alternatives to plastic utensils, such as a bamboo toothbrush or cotton buds because these are biodegradable!

In retrospect, Janouk has always been concerned with sustainability, the climate, and the earth. She comes from a green family, where growing your own vegetables was the norm and that water is something that you have to use sparingly. It was only when she moved from the east of the Netherlands to the west of the Netherlands that she realized that the love for animals and nature is not self-evident for everyone.

“If we want to combat climate change, we must do something now. We only have one earth, and we have to take care of it,” said Janouk. However, not everyone knows what he or she can do or should do and that is why she created ‘Sustainable Tuesday.’