It has come to my attention lately how polluted the earth is. I started to really think about this when in an RS lesson we watched a video about the poor children in India living in the shanty towns. There were dump piles everywhere where they lived and human waste poured everywhere and anywhere. But what most appalled me were the chemicals and the water that were laid down in the street. Children were simply running around the edges above this poison that had been released into once perfectly pure water. All because of us.
What has happened? How did we corrupt this world? Now I know what you’re thinking; it’s not like the world’s going to end in the next 5 minutes, right? No, but at this rate in the future when we are long dead, there may be water shortage, starvation of food, lack of oxygen causing brain damage and consequently shortening lives. As a believer of God, I believe that he/she would NOT want this. Even for those who don’t believe in God, do you really want this to happen?
Here are a few things that could happen if we do nothing:
1. If we pollute our groundwater with more chemicals then we will soon be forced to drink these chemicals and therefore, shorten our lives.
2. Trillions of respiratory illnesses will start to be diagnosed due to breathing in the polluted air.
3. Many studies have linked pollution to brain dysfunctions.
4.Without green plants, there will simply not be enough oxygen to breathe.
5. If we disrupt the temperature balance then it will interfere with our growing of crops leading to the starvation to millions more.
Now, don’t misunderstand me, I’m not trying to blame people for ruining the world. Of course not. But, let’s take a reality check here. Who else polluted some of the sea, spread car fumes into the atmosphere, chopped down our trees, and wasted tons of food? I can tell you though; I too am not a complete ‘tree hugger’ either. But there are little things that may just help the environment dearly, and yes, what’s one person going to do? Trust me, you. Yes, YOU can make that difference that can help save the environment and generally make you a better person.
So here is a list of some little things that you can do to help save the environment:
- Turn off lights when not using them
- Use solar panels
- Turn off computers at night
- Recycle glass and paper
- Hang dry your clothes
- Wash with cold or warm water
- Use one less paper napkin
- Use both sides of paper
- Recycle newspapers
- Reuse water bottles
- Try to choose showers generally more than baths
- Brush without running the tap (bet you have heard this one a lot but it still needs to be done)
- Take a shorter shower (within reason, don’t go to school/work stinking)
- Plant a tree
- Try buying things from second-hand shops
- Buy things local to save petrol
- Choose walking or cycling over cars
- Try buying all groceries in one trip a week to the supermarket
- If you feel you must water the lawn, do it in the morning to make sure water isn’t lost to evaporation (did you know that the most water use for plant growth and crops is grass?)
- Recycle old cell phones
- Recycle unwanted wire hangers
- Cut down on junk mail
- Consider doing some things online rather than buying books
- Choose a library over buying books
- Give things away you no longer need
- Use reusable bags rather than plastic bags (some are finding their way into the ocean and the food chain!)
- Pay bills online
- Don’t waste food! Or if you do, compost it!
- Use rechargeable batteries
- SHARE!!!!!!!! Share this blog! Who knows, you might influence more, and more, and more people to help save our environment!!!!!
So when you now get on with your daily lives, try making some extra little changes that are making a bigger difference than you may think.