Simple Changes Can Help Save the Environment

Posted on January 29, 2019 by

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The Earth is in danger. If humans continue using the planet as they do, it could become uninhabitable. With almost 7.7 billion people living on Earth, the population is quickly running out of  supplies and space. It is time to make a change.

Making a change is easier than it sounds. Even the smallest things can make a drastic change. Beginning with saving energy, doing simple things such as turning off unnecessary lights can help while also saving money on electricity bills. Other things that can be done include not driving unless a person has to and carpooling when possible. Decreasing the amount of gas one burns will also save money and limit the pollution in the air caused by the burning of fossil fuels.

As evident by increasing levels of waste being found in oceans, pollution is a massive problem. One-use items are the main items found lining roads and filling oceans. These one-use items include plastic bags, plastic straws, Styrofoam, and other similar things as well. The easiest way to decrease the amount of pollution in the world is to not use these things. Instead of getting new bags every time you grocery shop, you can purchase or reuse bags that will last longer and don’t have to be thrown out after one single use.

Plastic straws are also important. While they may appear small and harmless, these objects become lodged inside of the throats and bodies of animals, causing them pain or death. They’re also harder to remove when cleaning up the pollution. Styrofoam, unlike plastics, which take hundreds of years to decompose, will never decompose. This is dangerous because, after it’s single time of use, it will litter the planet for the rest of time. Instead of styrofoam, reusable containers can be carried with someone at all times so that you have it when you need it.

Another major pollutant is plastic water bottles. While they can be recycled most times, they often are not and will eventually wind up in the ocean or a landfill. A very simple solution is to purchase a reusable water bottle. Insulated bottles will also keep your drink colder or warmer for longer.

A final key way to ensure you are keeping the environment healthy is to watch what you eat. Foods that aren’t locally sourced require transportation through long distances to reach your plate. By eating locally, you eat healthier while supporting local businesses.

If humans all follow some of these simple guidelines, their harmful impact on the Earth will be drastically reduced. Just remember to reduce what you use, reuse what you have, and recycle what you can.

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