7 Things That You Can Do To Help The Earth TODAY
Calling climate change the defining issue of our time has never been truer. The United Nations predicts that weather patterns will threaten food production, and sea levels are rising causing us to fear catastrophic flooding across the globe. Countries must take drastic actions now before irreversible damage is done to major ecosystems and planetary climate!
But what about individuals? What can we do to pitch in and help save the Earth? There are plenty of things you can do every day to help reduce greenhouse gases and your carbon footprint, but it starts with YOU! But how does this happen if I do not know anything about science or dealing with pollutants? We’ll let us start by understanding just a few fun facts that will have an impact on our environment.
The important thing is educating yourself--you are not alone! By starting small, like reducing the amount trash you produce monthly by using reusable water bottles instead of disposable ones for example, each act takes effort from all who participate. It does not take much time at all—especially when considering every little bit helps in the larger picture which is to maintain our Earth alive.
1. Conserve Water
The little things can make a big difference and every time you turn off the water while brushing your teeth, it's doing something good. Got a leaky faucet? You could be dripping as much as 90 gallons of water down the drain everyday [source: EPA]. So, fix it! It's easy and cheap. And stop drinking bottled water because switch to filtered tap instead; not only will that save money but also reduce plastic waste in the process.
2. Be Car-conscious
If you're up for the challenge, stay off the road two days a week or more. You'll reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,590 pounds (721 kilograms) per year [source: EPA]. It's easier than you think. Combine your errands — hit the school, grocery store and dog daycare in one trip!
And talk to your boss about teleworking if possible - it will not only benefit both parties but also our planet as well; "It reduces costs associated with office space-related expenses," says Karen Davies from Staples Canada Inc., "and increases productivity." Maintaining a car on regular basis is equally important too!
The EPA has found that your gas mileage improves by a whopping 10% when you keep up with tire pressure! The next time someone says "you're just being ridiculous" remind them of these statistics.
3. Walk, Bike or Take Public Transit
Walking and biking are obvious ways to reduce greenhouse gases. Plus you'll get some good cardio and burn some calories while you do it! If your area is not walkable, take advantage of the local mass transit that may be available to help make a difference for our environment. Even one car off on the road makes a huge impact in reducing emissions- let's all work together today!
4. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
You know, every little thing really does make a difference. For instance: if 7,000 workers in an office building recycled all of their paper for one year it would be the equivalent to taking 400 cars off the road-- that's pretty impressive! But there are other ways you can help reduce pollution too. You could also try going grocery shopping with reusable bags and avoid using disposable plates or cups at home when entertaining guests; these things create huge amounts of waste which we so desperately need to combat as environmental concerns continue to grow worldwide.
And by buying products made from materials such as glass, aluminum and plastic resin (i.e., plastics created via chemical processes), instead of just recyclable ones like steel cans or cardboard boxes, you're making a change to a greener earth.
5. Give Composting a Try
In 2015, Americans generated 262.4 million tons (238 metric tons) of trash. Only 23.4 million tons (21.2 metric tons) of that was composted. Some was recycled and some was combusted for energy, but almost half of it — 137.7 million tons (124.9 metric tons) — ended up in the landfill. Think of if you could switch more of that to your own compost? It would help reduce the amount of solid waste you produce, and what eventually winds up in your local landfill. Plus, compost makes a great natural fertilizer.
6. Switch to LEDs
Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are great. They can last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs and they use at least two-thirds less energy, but even CFLS have issues.
The issue is that the mercury in these lights makes them hard to dispose of since it's poisonous when ingested or inhaled by humans and animals alike - so be sure you keep your disposal options open! Enter LED lightbulbs: while they emit a narrow band wavelength just like their predecessor, this means we're not wasting as much electricity because the intensity of each color varies very little between LEDs versus fluorescents which emits all wavelengths equally across its spectrum . With such savings on our electrical bills why would anyone want to buy an old fashioned type?
LEDs cost more than CFLs and incandescent bulbs, but an equivalent LED bulb can last around 25,000 hours compared to the 1,000 hour lifespan that you might see from a typical old-school incandescent lightbulb.
7. Plan a tree or two
In 2018 the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, the U.N. suggests an additional 2.5 billion acres (1 billion hectares) of forest in the world could reduce global warming to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit (1.5 degrees Celsius) by 2050. That's a lot of trees, but you could plant one or two, right? One young tree can absorb CO2 at a rate of 13 pounds (5 kilograms) per tree. Every. Single. Year.
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