With the heating of our planet, it is unavoidable that global warming is one of the hottest topics to date. More and more greenhouse gases are getting trapped in our atmosphere, causing temperature change. The planet’s icecaps are melting, and our diverse ecosystem is slowly dying because of the sudden change in climate. But what can we do? We produce so much pollution in our everyday lives, and as a consequence a lot of species become extinct at almost the same rapid rate. There are a lot of calls for action, but as an individual, here are some tips on how to help our overheating planet.
- Carpooling. One of the leading causes of air pollution is the use of cars and other means of transportation. If a lot of your office-mates live in the neighborhood, you could suggest sharing a ride to work. Maybe two of you could exchange carpooling in a week. It saves all of you some gas, and at the same time, you can do our ozone layer a big favor. Another option is to commute to and from your office. You can compute your commuting expenses, and most likely you’d save through commuting and sharing a ride.
- Use energy-saving appliances. Electrical consumption is one of the most basic needs of every household, but until now, most are still powered by coal-fueled power plants, which contribute to the carbon dioxide trapped in our atmosphere. So to lessen your consumption of electricity, buy light bulbs or appliances that support the environment. Manufacturers are now modifying their electrical products to become eco-friendly. Look for the ‘energy star’ because it is a symbol that can be seen in most energy efficient appliances.
- Consciously conserve energy. There’s only so much that money can buy, and using appliances made to save our planet is only one way among many. Another smart way to contribute to our environment is to actively contribute in the saving of energy. This includes basic things like, remembering to turn off lights that are not in use, or maximizing the use of an appliance in one sitting (like setting Saturday nights for ironing all the clothes that need ironing so that all throughout the week, you wouldn’t need to use the iron) and the use of the freezer. Take note of the maximum temperature that you would need for only certain amounts of frozen goods. The same goes for the house heating and cooling. If you don’t really need it, don’t use it. Be practical.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The holy R’s, which have been formulated for anyone to easily remember and apply. If it can be given away, then do so. If it can be reused, then do so. If they can be recycled, then do so. There are now stricter rules being implemented on proper waste disposal, categorized into either biodegradable, non-biodegradable, recyclable and non-recyclable. Ask your local recycling center for a list of the types of wastes so you can properly segregate your waste at home.
Each and every one of us should do our part in saving our environment. The best advocacy you can ever make is by being the example. Start with yourself, and keep at it. The droplet you have started will eventually become an endless ripple.