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How to Take Small Steps to Save the Environment

By Edited Feb 15, 2014 1 2

To any person who believes that another person, who is armed with the correct and appropriate skills and knowledge, can't make a significant change and impact on the world, they are sadly mistaken. Each and every day presents us all with many opportunities to help save the environment, more oftentimes than not, however, many people are already fearful that their contributions won't really amount to much in the long run. Clearly, many people become significantly burdened by their very own thinking from the start.

While some may think that the only way to truly have a positive impact on our environment is to do something massive or grand in scale. With this type of thinking, it's no surprise that some find themselves quitting, and succumbing to their own unrealistic expectations of themselves. It is truly the little things done, multiplied countless times over the earth's population, that can lead to the most positive impact. No one is asking anyone to make significant changes in their life, at least not right now, however, small daily considerations can be taken that, when taken together, can really help in saving our environment.

Over consumption of just about any resource, whether it is water, energy, or food, has become massively commonplace amongst us humans. While many people, in other countries, can barely scrounge up enough food to meet their own bodily nutritional requirements, we have become so accustomed to being more of anything that we truly need, and failing to expect those resources in a safe and efficient manner.

You can do a significant amount of good, for the environment, if you simply take the steps to unplug the appliances you are not using. After preparing your own breakfast, you can unplug your electronic can opener, and your microwave, from a wall outlet, if you are not currently using it. Upon leaving your house, you can take this consideration, as well, by simply turning off all your lights. While it may be difficult to remember this at times, especially when we have become so reliant on electricity, doing this can actually help you out in the long run. So, not only do you have the opportunity here to help our environment, but an added incentive is that you can also save a great deal of money on your own electric bill.

You don't, however, have to stop at just your kitchen appliances. You can take your environmental considerations one step further by applying this same standard to other appliances like televisions, computers, and lamp lights. These particular appliances are arguably used more frequently than your kitchen appliances, which means that simply unplugging them, or using less of them, could really manifest into a great impact on both the environment, as well as, your pocket book.

Human over consumption of both plastic and paper bags is another grave issue we face especially nowadays. A good way to remedy this quickly is claim ownership over your own personal bag that you can use to carry objects around. If you are heading to the grocery store, you can use and reuse your own bag so that you don't have to use the supermarkets plastic or brown paper bags. Ultimately, we only use these bags once and they end up in our trash and landfills any way.

Rather than sending your children to school with their lunch in brown paper baggies, you can begin having them use a colorful, cool and trendy, lunch box that can be used and re-used over and over again. Lunchboxes generally have a light and colorful cartoon picture or theme that many children can relate to. Whether you give them a Hannah Montana Lunchbox or a Transformers Lunchbox, by doing this you can ensure that your children don't have to repeatedly use brown paper bags.

When faced with the constraints of convenience, it may be tempting to do things that can actually be quite harmful to the environment. You should always try to avoid putting harmful chemicals, like paint, in your storm drains or home drains. The last thing we want to occur is for harmful chemicals to enter our supply of drinking water. On top of that, these chemicals can also be a serious threat to wildlife around us.

Being ever cognizant of your actions can go a very long way.

Many times, it is so easy just to side skirt litter that is lying on the sidewalk. Whether you are in a rush, or are just simply determined to meet a critical appointment with a friend or fellow business worker, you should consider taking the few extra seconds necessary to pick up a piece of trash even if it isn't yours. Of course, you never want to pick up something with you bare hands, so you can always use a paper towl or cloth to pick it up so it isn't immediately exposed to your hands.

There is oftentimes a serious temptation for us just to ignore litter by thinking that others will just take the time to pick it up. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. You can't always rely on others to do the right thing, so you have to be the better person and try your hardest to go the extra mile to do what others won't do.

If you own your own farm or garden, you will definitely want to resolve to staying away from using pesticides. Believe it or not, there are many alternatives to pesticides that can be used to keep these insects away from potentially ruining or damaging your garden. Rather than use pesticides, you can use such alternatives as mint or basil. By simply growing those alternatives, not only can you protect your garden or farm but you can also have some extra greens that you can use around the house in your cooking once you feel that they have done their job protecting your garden.

You can also be cognizant of the water you use. Over consumption is definitely an issue in this area, and great effort should be taken to avoid take very lengthy showers or running water non stop. While it may be convenient, it doesn't always mean it is necessary. If you are shaving, rather than run your water non-stop, you can just turn it off and on when you aren't using it to actually rinse off your razor. Even better, you can just simply fill your bath faucet with water once, and use that water to repeatedly rinse off your razor.

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Jan 8, 2010 1:14pm
great stuff thanks for info
Jan 21, 2010 8:31am
Great information on saving the environment.
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