Nearly everyday there are media stories talking about the trouble our planet is in. Global warming is a major concern for scientists and governments across the globe. It may seem like there is nothing humans can do to stop the damage being caused to our planet. But there are actions that we can all take to reduce the effects of global warming on the world. Here are some simple things that we can all do to help the Earth.
Energy conservation is a great place to start. Start by conserving the energy in your home. Simply turn off and unplug the electronics that you are not using. You may wonder why you should unplug something that is turned off. The reason is that many appliances and electronic devises continue to use energy as long as they are plugged in, even if they are not turned on.
Another way to conserve energy at home is to use energy efficient light bulbs. These bulbs are available at most stores. They are curly in appearance, nearly resembling soft serve ice cream. They are a little more expensive than traditional bulbs but they last up to three times as long and use only about a fourth of the energy of other bulbs. This adds up to savings in your energy bills.
Other ways that you can conserve energy at home are by only using appliances like your clothes washer and dish washer when they are full. Whether you wash a full load or a half a load it uses the same amount of energy. So why not save the energy for when you have a full load? You can also save energy by air drying those dishes and clothes.
You can also help the environment while you’re away from home. Choose to walk or bike whenever possible. This helps conserve fossil fuels that your automobile uses. It also helps to cut down on the air pollutants emitted by vehicle engines. If you do need to use your car make it a point to do all your errands in one trip. Multiple trips in your vehicle waste fuel and add more pollutants to the air.
It’s easy to help the planet while you shop too. Here are a few ways you can do it. Buy produce that is locally grown. Locally grown goods don’t have to be shipped long distances which saves fuel. Buy recycled and sustainable products. Many companies are becoming environmentally conscious. You can find many paper, aluminum, and plastic products that are made of recycled material. You can also find products made from sustainable materials like bamboo, hemp, seaweed, sugarcane, etc.
Another fantastic way to help the planet when you go to the store is to carry in your own reusable bags. Plastic grocery bags are made from petroleum. They take a lot of energy to produce and are generally non-recyclable. Don’t have any reusable bags? That’s okay, most grocery and discount stores sell them for very reasonable prices.
As you can see there are numerous ways that individuals can make a difference for the planet Earth. Survival of all life is dependent on keeping this planet safe and healthy. Please do your part as a citizen of the world. Conserve energy whenever possible. Reduce pollution as often as you can. Be aware of the legacy you leave for future generations. We are all in this together.