Simple Things You Can Do to Help Protect the Earth
It is essential to protect the environment to reduce the destruction of eco-systems caused by numerous human activities. Protecting the environment from pollution and other activities is an obligation for people. More importantly, without the natural environment, living things would deprive of the oxygen which is required to breathe and to live. If we cannot breathe, we cannot survive.
Air and water pollution, global warming, fog, acid rain, deforestation, forest fires are just some of the environmental problems we are facing right now. It is everyone's responsibility to take care of the environment to make this planet a great place to live. You don't need to spend a lot of money to protect the environment, but simple changes in daily lifestyle are all it takes to reduce your carbon footprint on the environment.
So here are some tips for you to protect the environment!
Turn Off Lights When You’re Not in The Room
It is a very typical mistake people make in daily life. But you don’t need to light up a room no one is using. Save energy and money by getting into the habit of turning off the lights when you leave the room. For standard bulbs, do this each time you leave. For energy savers, do this if you are leaving the room for more than fifteen minutes. You will also save on your cooling costs, as lights can make your rooms hotter!
Don’t Use Plastic Carrier Bags
I think we all know about the harm of plastics to the environment. Plastic carrier bags are not biodegradable, nor are they recyclable. They sit in landfills where they often end up polluting the ocean and infiltrating food sources. Use a stronger, reusable bag.
Don't Use Straws
The effects of plastic on the planet and your health aren't worth it. They are harmful to the environment. For instance, in the United States, 500 million straws are used every day. This is a very high amount. Choose metal straws instead of plastic ones. Or don't use them at all. Plastic is also harmful to animals that inhabit the oceans. In 2015, a video of a sea turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nostril went viral on YouTube. It is not only sea turtles that are affected—seals, sea lions, seabirds, fish, whales, and dolphins are all at risk as a result of plastic pollution in oceans. If you care about the cute animals that live in the ocean, you should try to stop using plastic straws.
Print as Little as Necessary
Save trees, save paper. Please consider the environment before printing. When possible, use an eReader or tablet instead of printing things out. Print on both sides of the paper whenever possible to conserve. Keep a scrap paper pile of misprints to print on or take notes with.
Water is wasted more frequently than we can see. How can we save water?
- If you wash dishes by hand, don't leave the water running for rinsing.
- Stop using your toilet as an ashtray.
- Take shorter showers.
- Place water-saving showerheads or flow restrictors.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
- Turn off the water while shaving.
Plant pollinator-friendly plants.
Help butterflies, bees, insects, and other pollinators by adding a container of nectar plants to your doorstep, balcony, or back garden. Be nature friendly.
Share your love of the natural world with those around you, encourage your family and friends to take part in outdoor activities. Encouraging others to see the value and beauty of nature and its wildlife may be the most meaningful way to help save it.