We are living in an era where terms like environment sustainability, pollution prevention and global warming commonly pop up in our daily conversations. While there is a major threat of serious environmental issues hovering over our heads none of us shies away from cribbing and complaining about the deteriorating health of our planet earth. Our lands are polluted, the air is polluted, we are releasing more carbon dioxide than ever and greenhouse effect global warming are already displaying its effects by causing dramatic climatic changes all over the world. In such a situation where environmentalists and scientists are looking out for ways to return our planet to its healthy state are we just sitting on our couch and complaining about how hot it is outside or how unclean our city has become? Or are we doing something about it? No you alone are not responsible and alone can’t go out and save our planet but you sure can make a difference by doing your bit. Are you doing your bit? Here are few simple tips and changes that you can imply in your lifestyle to make your contribution towards a better environment.
Implement the 3 R’s
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. This should be your mantra while trying to help the planet. All the waste we discard from our house accumulates in the environment causing pollution and huge amounts of carbon dioxide in the air. One can reduce the waste by using more reusable and recyclable products instead of disposable ones. Try recycling paper, plastics etc. at a nearby recycling program. If there is no such program in your locality or at your school than you can always start one.
Use the OFF switch
This goes for all your home appliances, engine of your vehicle or anything that uses electricity or any other resource. When it is not in use simply turn it off. Never leave your lights or fans on when you the leave room, turn off the tap while brushing your teeth and your shower while putting on soap. Turn off your car’s engine at a red light and don’t turn off the kitchen appliances immediately after you are done using them.
Use less heat and air conditioning
Always keep your air conditioner, dishwasher and other such devices on energy saving settings. This will help reduce the energy and resources used. Keeping your air conditioning on 2 degrees lower in winters and 3 degrees higher in summers can also make a big difference in saving energy efficiently. Try washing clothes in warm or cold water to lower the use of hot water and set your water heater on 120 degrees to save energy.
Drive less and Drive smart
Vehicles are largely responsible for emissions of greenhouse gases. By reducing the usage of vehicles we can contribute largely towards our environment. Walk more and drive less. It will save your money and environment while keeping you fit and fine. Try taking the public transport for commuting instead of going by your personal vehicle. Do car pool with your friends or neighbours whenever it’s possible. Not only will it save your money and be light on your pocket but it will also prevent emission of gases harmful for the environment.
Plant a tree
During the process of photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and give out oxygen. While carbon dioxide is largely produced by automobile traffic, industrial plants and other human activities and is needed to be countered, oxygen is required by the living organisms to breathe. Thus plants and trees play a dual role in helping us and our planet. Plants help maintaining the balance of these gases and also beautify our surroundings by making them green. Approximately one ton of carbon dioxide is taken up a tree in its lifetime. So participate in planting drives and encourage others or just start by planting a tree in your backyard.
Ditch the Plastic
Most of the plastics are non-biodegradable materials which mean when we throw them away they don’t decompose by the action of micro-organisms like other biodegradable polymers. Plastic bottles can stay in the land for over 100 years and plastic bags become the reason for deaths of about 100,000 seas turtles and other animals every year. That is why it is high time you should stop using plastic products and instead go for eco-friendly alternatives. Carry cloth bags while going shopping which you can reuse again and again without creating any litter. Instead of disposable plastic bottles, use reusable bottles and ditch the plastic as much as possible.
Be aware and also encourage others
In order to create a clean and healthy environment, awareness is the very basic step. Try implementing the above few steps and also encourage others to do so. Inform your friends, family and your neighbours about environmental issues and recycling and energy conservation projects and drives which they can be a part of. You can also prompt your local public officials to establish environmental related programs and initiate cleanliness drives in your area.
All these easy steps will not only help you in reducing your monthly budget but will also leave us all with a greener, cleaner and a healthy planet.