Our Planet Needs Help!
It’s 2019, and the debate on Climate Change is heating up. Some scientists go as far as to say we only have decades to fix the damage we’ve done to the Earth before it’s too late.
NASA say the evidence for rapid Climate Change is compelling, noting the following key indicators:
Global Temperature Rises
Shrinking Ice Sheets
Decreased Snow Cover
Sea Level Rises
Declining Arctic Sea Ice
Extreme Weather Events
‘Scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal.’
The Earth has never been more vulnerable, and safeguarding the planet’s resources for the next generation is hugely important.
So what can we do to help our planet?
Here are 5 (easy) ways to help the planet, without breaking a sweat:
We have recycle bins for a reason, folks! Just using your recycling bin in the correct way can reduce pollution in landfill and helps the environment immeasurably. This EPA Fact Sheet shows that landfill in composed of the following waste, which could easily be recycled.:
21% is Food – the largest component of Land Fill
14% if Paper and Cardboard
10% is Rubber, Leather and Textiles
18% is Plastic
Besides using your recycle bin, there are also other ways to help recycle your household waste (such as the items above).
Compost bins are a great way to recycle food, and turn it into something for your garden at home.
Recycling Depots are available, where you can drop your cans and bottles, are a great way to help the environment, and some places even pay money per bottle, like South Australia.
Some organisations (such as Sea Shepherd) will happily drop a wheelie bin to your house so you can fill it up, and then take it away once it’s full.
Even Nike has a program where you can drop your old sneakers off for recycling!
GO ECO-FRIENDLY/ USE REUSABLE PRODUCTS
Reduce your waste by going eco-friendly/ reusable – you can get all kinds of handy products these days:
- Coffee Cups
- Drink Bottles
- Fruit & Veg Bags
- Cloth Nappies
- … Basically anything you can think of!
Sites like Flora & Fauna offer a great range of eco-friendly products and ideas, will send your products in the mail with minimal packaging and even have a rewards program!
EAT A PLANT-BASED DIET
Switching to a Plant-Based Diet is the single most effective way to help the planet. Did you know:
‘Each day, a person who eats a plant-based/ vegan diet saves over 4,000 litres of water, 20 kilograms of grain, 30 square feet of forested land, 9 kilograms of CO² Equivalent and one animal’s life.’
Even if it’s just ‘No Meat Monday’ or trying a plant-based alternative the next time you’re out to dinner – it all goes a long way.
World population is growing by 228,000 people a day. And while we are growing as a population, up to 137 plant, animal and insect species die out each day due to rain forest destruction – all for the purpose of clearing land for livestock for the western world to eat.
Agriculture makes up 80-90% of all water consumption in the US, and over 9,000 litres of water are required to produce half a kilogram of beef. These are alarming facts,which create dire issues in regards to the sustainability of the earth.
USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT/ CARPOOL
If the population of the earth is increasing, that means that the amount of vehicles being used is also increasing. Vehicles are harmful to the environment for a variety of reasons, including producing harmful CO² emissions.
For example, if 20 people stopped driving 20 cars, and used 1 bus instead, that’s reduced the amount of emissions caused by those people by a significant amount. Besides avoiding congestion in metro areas, less people using private vehicles every day is also said to be beneficial to public and environmental health.
Whether it’s taking a bus, train, tram, carpooling or cycling, it all helps!
AVOID PRINTING/ HARD-COPIES
Paper production is a large contributor to deforestation, air pollution, water pollution and waste production (accounting for about 14% of landfill waste). Pulp and paper production is the fifth largest consumer of energy worldwide.
These days, getting electronic copies of your favourite books, text-books, instruction manuals and articles has never been easier. There are plenty of amazing sites that provide thousands and thousands of eBooks, such as AbeBooks, Goodreads, Open Library and eBooks.com.
Most computers, laptops, eReaders and phones these days support almost any file, so there has never been a better time to stop buying hard copies and start supporting the environment.
There are plenty of simple ways to help the environment, most of which you can do from the comfort of your own home, workplace or school. The environment is everyone’s responsibility, and it’s always worth asking the question:
‘What can I do to make this world more sustainable?’
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