Hey Inquisitive writers! Do YOU care about the planet you live on?
Earth provides us freshwater, oxygen, and most important, life.
It’s in that sweet spot in the solar system, where it’s not too hot, but not too cold.
But many people don’t give a second thought about this, unfortunately, though. Earth is gradually warming up, but humans are contributing a lot to that. Burning fossil fuels releases a lot of carbon dioxide in the air, which is what we breath out. But worst of all, we are also cutting down trees, which takes in carbon dioxide, and releases oxygen, which most living things need.
Many other problems are happening in the world ,too, like the killing of bees which pollinate about 90% of our agriculture, the debate on genetically modified organisms (GMOS), and how plastic bags kills our ocean life. But what can you do? Well, small impacts can make a difference. Following these simple tips below can make an impact on the planet, and can keep the earth that way for many generations to come.
1. Turn off the lights when you leave the room
If you don’t need your lights on, why keep them on? Also during daytime, take advantage of the sunshine and turn off the lights.
2. Unplug things when you’re not using them
These can be chargers, printers, irons, hair dryers, small lamps, and more things. This can save a lot on your electricity bill ,too.
3. Turn off the water when you brush your teeth
Why waste the water when brushing your teeth? I always turn the water off, brush my teeth, then rinse my toothbrush afterwards. This can save up to 4 gallons of water! You can find more tips on how to save water here. About 2% of water on Earth is freshwater. Wouldn’t you want to save it?
4. Use reusable bags when shopping
You probably don’t think about using reusable bags when shopping for groceries. Well, plastics bags can end up in our oceans and kill marine life. Horrible, right? Well, you can take the step of using reusable bags.
You can take these bags whenever you go shopping, and tell the cashier that you will use these bags instead. I do this whenever you go shopping. Chances are that the store you shop at will have these bags for sale, like Walmart and Stop & Shop. But if you don’t know a place to get them, you can get them here, here, and here. Tote bags work ,too.
5. Donate to Charity
But, only donate to charities that don’t give only a small percentage to the actual charity. The World Wildlife Fund donates 85% of their total spending to charity. You can check out more of these charities in my sidebar, which I always had under my profile.
6. Use alternative ways of transportation
This means you can walk, bike, or carpool instead of driving your car. Reducing air travel helps ,too. And did you know that 3.8 millions gallons of fuel is wasted by idling in the USA every day? Think about that for a second..
7. Buy ethically
“Ethical consumerism is just as much about supporting the ‘good’ companies and products as it is withdrawing our support from the ‘bad’ ones.” From Ethical Consumer
I try to ask myself, Do I really need it? almost every time I buy something. Buying cheap clothes from Etsy, Ebay, Craig’s List, and more second-hand stores can have less impact on the wallet, and the world. Here is an infographic from The Note Passer on a visual way to see how to buy ethically:
Ok, there are many more things that YOU can do for the environment, but I’m not going to list them all, because this would be a very long post. You can check out my Charities and Purposes board on Pinterest ,too. Step in. Make a difference. And, save the world. 🌎