Are you worried that the next generation will have to experience nature through pictures and video? It will be a sad day when the only green people see is in a museum.
Yet, in many ways we are already there. For example, when was the last time you took a moment to appreciate nature? And I’m not talking about googling “Beautiful Sunsets” either. Unfortunately if we continue on this trend there won’t be much time to experience our wonderful Earth-given gift. The only way to reverse this process is to be aware of the different ways to act, and participate in them. That’s why I’ve assembled a list of incredibly simple things you can do to help save Mother Nature.
Turn Off Unneeded Electronics
Almost everything around you from the computer you’re reading this on to the lights illuminating it use energy that takes a toll on the environment to produce. Just by turning these things off before bed or when you leave the room can drastically reduce the pollution associated with them.
Electric vs. Gas Power
In the wake of California’s tough regulations hybrid cars are becoming a budding revolution. Why not take the plunge? Gas engine emissions are a well documented cause of global warming. Not to mention there are even lawn mower alternatives that you may not know about which you could easily convert to without switching vehicles. Another strategy is using public transportation. Most urban environments have ample choices available to help lower carbon in the atmosphere.
These days virtually everyone has a recycling service. Why not use it? Next to every trash bin is an eco-friendly option but many of us still don’t bother. Other methods such as using e-mail instead of paper, or buying recycled fiber also exist but neither are as easy as putting those used sheets of paper into the container with the little triangle logo.
Keep Track of Your Trash
If you didn’t know already: 33% of what we throw away is packaging. Unfortunately it’s mostly plastic which doesn’t biodegrade and can’t be incinerated at the dump. So what do we do with it? Bury it in a landfill. Think about all the plastic forks you’ve ever used. None of them have completely recirculated into the ecosystem. With this in mind is it really that hard to wash your dishes?
Plant a Garden
Plants of all shapes and sizes absorb carbon dioxide from the air. Don’t think you need to plant a tree in order to help preserve nature. Just having a vegetable or flower garden will not only help you get out of the house and help something flourish but it will also keep the rest of the world green and growing.
Donate to the Cause
Save Our Environment is a great institution that’s actively trying to save our planet. If you think your own efforts are too small you might want to help a big mover like this one. Even something small is a drop in the bucket, so to speak, which can one day grow to be the flood of change we so desperately need.
Buy Environmentally-Sustainable Equipment
A new wave of appliances is on the market. You may have heard of Energy Star before, essentially what they do is rate machines or techniques based on their energy saving qualities. So the next time you put new windows in your house look for the Energy Star label and you’ll save money every time you heat it. Another cheap idea in this category is incandescent lights. Most businesses use them because they cost less to run, but many homes still rely on old fashioned filament bulbs without realizing it’s actually more expensive and a waste of energy.
If your eyes have been opened and you decide to adopt even one of these strategies I want to thank you. Every bit counts and everyone eventually needs to get involved for the sake of our future generations. So if you share this information with anyone who believes in the importance of mother nature we can together help protect and cherish her.