Due to recent improvements in technologies, our world is facing a lot of challenges such as water scarcity, climate change, air pollution and urbanization. Needless to say, all these negative changes jeopardize the future of humankind.
Every individual should be aware of their negative impact on the environment. We all can make a difference by changing our daily habits. You also can help to improve the environment and preserve our priceless resources. That’s how you can make the world a better place today:
Recycle is one of the easiest things one can do these days. That’s why it’s so sad to see how people fail to do it. It’s essential to explain to people how recycling improves the environment.
First of all, recycling helps to conserve natural resources. Every time you recycle wood and paper, you help to save forests! Of course, people can always plant new trees. However, it will never replace ancient woodlands or virgin rainforest.
Secondly, recycling can reduce the constant need to extract, grow, and harvest new materials. According to experts from Greenhouse Stores, recycling also cuts climate-changing carbon emissions, reduces landfill waste, saves energy, and protects ecosystems.
Do you still think you don’t have enough time to recycle? Indeed, it will be difficult to change the world by yourself. That’s why you should also encourage your friends and family members to start recycling and educating other people – we are strong together!
Your daily energy use also has a massive impact on the environment. If you start saving electricity today, it will help to reduce the number of toxic fumes. It doesn’t mean you can’t charge your phone or turn on the light in the evening. You just need to be careful. Whenever you leave the room, switch off the lights and disconnect your devices. Also, consider getting energy-efficient light bulbs to help the environment and save some money.
The thing is that power plants have a detrimental impact on our land by releasing toxic fumes. A list of effects of greenhouse gas emissions includes acid rain, smog, rising temperatures, and increases the intensity of natural disasters.
That’s why it’s so important to have romantic candlelight dinners from time to time.
Not everyone on this planet has access to clean water. It’s a privilege in some countries. Limiting your shower time will not help people in Somalia or Nigeria. However, it can help to reduce the amount of energy used and protect our wildlife and the ecosystem.
To save water every day, make sure to turn off the tap when brushing your teeth. By doing so, you will be able to save 4 gallons every minute.
Also, consider taking shorter showers. Even one minute can make a difference! If you shorten your daily shower by just two minutes, you will have a chance to save 1800 gallons per year! If you own a business, be sure to use a proper wash bay.
Stop using a car
According to the latest study conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency, one car can release 404 grams of CO2 for every mile. Every time you avoid driving, you reduce your carbon footprint.
If you can’t stop driving once and for all, consider getting a car with a three-way catalytic converter in order to reduce hydrocarbon emissions and nitrogen oxide by up to 90%.
You can also try to drive less (a bicycle in your garage misses you a lot!) and limit the time your car engine is idling (running). Also, try to limit warm-up idling during the winter season. You will have a chance to warm your car while driving.
Avoid using plastic
Plastic pollution is the number one concern these days. It kills millions of animals each year and threatens life on the planet. There is a chance that Earth will simply drown in plastic in the next 100 years. To prevent this, support environmentally friendly companies by buying their products, get a reusable bottle and shopping bags. Also, you can start using eco-friendly substitutes.
Printing books, money and documents is really detrimental to our environment. Did you know that modern paper industry is one of the biggest consumers of energy in the world?
These days, you don’t need to print every single document since everything can be signed electronically.
Going paperless can help save millions of trees each year, cut down on air pollution, and even save water. According to the latest statistics, the use of paper has risen by almost 4000% in the last 50 years. That’s why we should finally start paying attention to this issue.
The bottom line
Everyone can make a change and improve the environment. If you want to help Earth, start recycling, saving water and electricity, and driving and printing less. These are the easiest things you can do for the planet. Make sure to educate your friends and family members so that they can also go green and help the environment!