The environment is the first place we turn to every time we look for things we need to sustain our daily wants and necessities. As time passes by, these needs become more and more complex and sophisticated and reached the point in which our environment becomes degraded and polluted. Statistics from UN-Water.org shows that ninety-percent of wastewater in developing countries goes directly to the bodies of water which are sources of food, drinks and other basic necessities. Similarly, there are studies conducted which tell us that half of the plant and animal population on dry land shall be extinct by year 2050 due to global warming. At present, 100 species die every day as a result of deforestation.
In line with this, it is high time for us to become more aware of the importance of taking care of the environment before it becomes too late. It may not be logically possible to eliminate or obstruct the effects of climate change, but there are activities which can be done to mitigate them. Here are some simple steps that you can do at home to save environment.
Coal comprises 44% of electricity generation in the US. And it is also the biggest polluter there. Because of this, it is only vital that you lessen your energy consumption as it leads to more burning of coals.
To start, make sure to turn off all of the appliances and unplug them from the outlet when not in use. Many people are not aware that even if they are turned off, they still consume 30% of electrical energy. If it is possible to do away with high energy-consuming appliances like air-conditioner, thermostat or heater and switch to cheaper and more environmentally friendly alternatives then do it.
Reuse. Reduce. Recycle.
Find things in your house which you can reuse like old newspapers, envelopes, old clothes and old cartons. These can be turned into rags, cushion covers, art supplies, packing materials and scrap papers. Also, try to reduce the trash that you create by turning them into things which can be useful again. This is where the process of recycling comes in. Many people are beginning to see garbage as a potential resource and money-earner. Glass that has undergone melting process can be used as tiles, marbles or containers. Plastic bottles and straws can also be turned into decors, bags and even, outdoor jackets.
Join the cause.
You can also join organizations in your local community committed to save environment. Be participative in coastal clean-up drives, planting trees and recycling activities. You can also donate things that you cannot use anymore to schools and other institutions which do recycling.