The recent celebrations of World Earth Day should remind us that concern for our global environment needs to be at the core.
Rather than simply acknowledging the love for our planet on just one day, we can all agree that it should be a long-standing, year-round commitment by everyone to find ways in which we can reduce our impact on the environment. Whether it may be working collectively to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protecting our ecosystems, and even reducing our waste, saving our planet goes further than simply acknowledging it on one day. If you are looking for ways to make a difference that are not just one-day activities but rather are easy ways that show lasting dedication to making the world a better and healthier place for future generations, then this article is for you.
In honour of Earth Day 2019, which was celebrated last Monday, here are 10 easy ways each of us can celebrate this every day.
Follow the 3 R’s. Look for ways you can Reduce, Reuse and Recycle throughout your home. Particularly in our closets, women tend to chase after the latest trends from fear of missing out. However, this form of fast fashion consumption is harmful to our planet. There are many ways in which we can repurpose old clothing, recycle materials and consider donating and thrift shopping. You will save natural resources, energy and money, and you will reduce waste sent to landfills.
Shop local. While we may believe that some of the best goods must come from abroad, buying local is equally and oftentimes more suitable for our lifestyle. That in itself is a good incentive to shop locally. In addition, not importing often, reduces the need for air and sea delivery, thereby reducing carbon emissions while boosting local businesses and communities.
Take your own bags to the store. Why not make this trendy? Use a cute tote bag or bag that you know looks good that’s lying around at home, or simply buy reusable bags that you can keep in your car and reuse. This reduces the number of plastic bags we consume when going shopping.
Conserve energy. From turning off lights and electronics when not in use, to using the air conditioning less frequently, there are many small things you can do to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while saving money on your utility bills.
Reduce paper waste. Think twice before printing things at work and at home. Additionally, you can reduce your mail by using online payment options thereby avoiding the receipt of paper bills. Opt to have bank statements sent to you electronically rather than delivered monthly. Find ways in which you can put the apps on your electronic devices to work, that way, you’re printing less and reducing paper waste more.
Recycle your electronics. With the introduction of new devices every year, sometimes you are tempted to keep up with the new gadgets on the market. Instead, your old, unused or broken computers, tablets, phones and other electronics can often be recycled for free by manufacturers and this saves natural resources while also reducing pollution.
Give your car a break. Whether you’re commuting to work or running errands, you just might be able to leave your car at home, even a few times a week. Walk, carpool or take public transportation. You will save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and get more exercise.
Turn off the tap. Whether you’re washing your hair, brushing your teeth, washing dishes, or taking a shower, turn off the water when it’s not needed. Especially during the dry season, we can save our reservoirs by being more mindful of how much water we let go to waste in carrying out these simple everyday activities.
Act local. Get involved in environmental work in your local community. Local schools, governments, and non-profit organisations often offer opportunities for volunteers to get involved in cleaning up parks, restoring habitats, and other efforts to make communities greener.