MAKING A MORE SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT
Environmental science is focused on discovering methods for living more sustainably. Furthermore, this means using resources available today in a manner that ensures they are conserved for the future. The primary path to creating a sustainable environment is fostering awareness of our consumption of available resources and minimizing unnecessary waste.
There are several ways in which we can ensure a more sustainable environment. Reducing household energy usage, eating locally, properly disposing of waste, planting seeds and trees, recycling, selling and donating unwanted items, drinking tap water, relying less on your car, reducing water use, and purchasing fair trade products are all great examples. We will be considering a few of these methods for resource conservation.
Reducing Household Energy Use: energy conservation should begin from our own homes and it should entail the following;
- Making sure that all unused appliances and lights are turned off.
- Installing energy-saving and energy-efficient appliances.
- Making use of natural ventilation by opening the windows rather than using the air conditioning.
- Hanging clothes in open places to dry instead of using the dryer.
- Using energy saving light bulbs.
Eat Locally: Eating home-made food is hygienic and healthier for the body than eating processed, pre-made foods. Try to stock your home with vegetables, fruits, and other food items. When purchasing these items, take a look at where they are from. The shorter the distance food travels, the better it is for the environment. Local food is fresher, tastes better and an added bonus is by buying local, you are supporting your local economy.
Proper Waste Disposal: A lot of environmental pollution and health issues we have today are as a result of toxins released into the environment in the form of trash. Proper waste disposal can go a long way in making the environment cleaner. It is important to check what is actually garbage and what can be recycled or composted.
Plant Seeds: Create a small space in your garden where you can grow your own food. Plant a few seeds and you will see the enormous health benefits that come from eating fresh foods. Not only will the food be delicious, but it will also save you money!
Resell and Donate Items: You can resell and donate items that are no longer needed. Extending the life of items can reduce mass marketing which creates a lot of pollution and waste.
Drink from the Tap: Drinking from bottled water adds millions of tons of plastic to the waste generated on a daily basis. Try to drink from your tap. If you don’t like the taste of your tap water, you can consider installing a filtration system. Another option is to store a reusable water bottle in your fridge and grab it on your way out.
Save Water: Try to install facilities in your homes that will help to reduce the amount of water usage on a daily basis. A way to achieve this is to install water-efficient toilets, water-saving shower heads, dual-flush toilets and also consider putting in place landscaping that is well-adapted to your surroundings and properly irrigated.
Rely Less on your Car: Consider using mass transit, public bus system, light rail train, vanpool, and carpool among others. If everyone uses private vehicles, congestion and emissions are greatly increased, adding to air and noise pollution. Another great option, especially in the summer is to take advantage of all the city’s bike lanes and ride to where you need to go. Biking allows you to get some fresh air and burn some calories.
Being Environmentally Friendly
To be environmentally friendly is to be conscious of our attitudes, behaviours, and lifestyles such that they do not pose any threat to the environment. It is all about taking little steps on a daily basis, so as to make mother earth a better planet for our communities and generations to come. This article describes just a few of the simple changes you can make to your daily life to make a difference for your own life and the lives of many others.
Environmentally friendly communities focus more on preservation and conservation of resources, they encourage the use of community playgrounds, green construction, public transportation, and they also work to ensure that fossil fuels and other available resources are used in such a way that supports the community and does not have adverse effects on the environment. Pollution and global warming effects us all. Furthermore the path to a sustainable society requires a joint effort.
Sharing is the Future
The ease with which information can be garnered, stored, and shared via social media and other digital means today has changed the way we interact on a daily basis. Google is at our finger tips, allowing us to discover problems and solutions instantaneously. Furthermore, we have the ability to share information about climate change with the rest of the public, educating others at almost zero cost. Today, energy usage can be measured and monitored through the use of smart meters and the energy trend can be obtained for the purpose of analysis. Information and technology has tremendously affected our environment in a positive manner. Added knowledge creates added awareness, the ability to share this information easily creates change.
To cap it altogether, the need to have a healthy and conducive environment cannot be overemphasized, it will bring a balance in our ecosystem; where human, livestock, wildlife, and green life can live harmoniously. Without this balanced ecosystem, we face grave consequences. For instance, pollution can lead to the depletion of the ozone layer. Depletion of the ozone layer creates many problems for society. Ultraviolet rays become more powerful and can lead to skin borne diseases. Air quality is worsened which can create negative cardiovascular health effects on humans. The earth is also heated to an unnatural level, causing an increase in natural disasters, reducing food and clean water supply as well as destroying infrastructure. Ozone depletion can be prevented if we all make small changes in our daily lives. Little actions can have a big impact. Together, we can battle climate change and create a sustainable lifestyle and environment.