Global warming is a serious issue, and the impacts of it all already there to be seen. The temperatures are rising, the sea levels are increasing, and the weather phenomenon is getting more severe. All those are warning signs that should not be ignored, and any further delay would mean reaching a point of no return.
If you are serious about saving the planet and the environment well, there is a lot you can do to make a real difference. All you need to do is make some changes in your daily lifestyle and help save the environment. You can conserve precious natural resources just by lowering consumption of energy and water, changing transportation habits, and modifying eating behaviors. It is essential to lower greedy capitalism and consumerism. Taking small loans towards an eco-friendly lifestyle will give bigger returns in future.
Here are some ideas to follow that can help save the environment and make a difference in the world.
- Eat a lesser amount of meat and dairy – According to Environmental Working Group, red meat takes a lot more energy to make as compared to common vegetables and grains. It is, in fact, responsible for the majority of greenhouse emissions and the increased carbon footprint. As it takes a lot more feed to keep a dairy cow alive, it makes sense to lower dairy consumption. All you need to do is lower the demand for red meat by eating less. For example, you can enjoy your favorite dish during the weekend or once a week.
- Recycled and reuse paper – About 40% of the commercial timber goes in making paper, and the cost of printing is high. It is essential to print as little as necessary, and homes, schools, and offices should encourage a paperless environment. For example, you can do your assignments on a laptop. Any used paper should be collected and sent for recycling. Lower paper use as it uses a ton of water to grow timber and is detrimental to the environment.
- Lower energy consumption – Save any kind of energy and as a good rule of thumb, switch off televisions, electrical appliances and lights when not in use. Adjust the temperature settings so that the heating and cooling systems don’t have to work as hard. Switch to LED light bulbs to reduce energy consumption. If possible, dry your clothes out in the sunshine instead of using the dryer. Lower your energy consumption by turning off all appliances when they are not being used.
- Save water – Conserving water is very essential for future generations, and it is already a precious commodity in many developing countries. You can make minor changes to do your bit. For example, use showers and for a shorter time to lower your consumption of water. Turn off any faucet when brushing the teeth and use the dishwasher only when it is completely full. Limit your water usage, and you can be sure that it would be good for you as well as the environment.
- Walk, bicycle or carpool -. If your workplace or school is close by, you can always walk or go on a bicycle. And making those changes means lower petrol bills and better health. Always prefer public transportation or look for the option of carpool. It is indeed a lot better and cheaper when everyone drives together. Change your driving habits and learn to enjoy walking everywhere.
Just follow the above tips to change your daily lifestyle and eating habits. The time has come to act, and it is now or never!
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