With the increasing greenhouse gases and declining glaciers, the threat of our green planet becoming a barren land in future seems real. The elevation in the pollution levels due to the reckless use of the Earth’s resources has created an alarming situation for the people inhabiting the planet.
If this misuse of the resources continues in the future, chances are that our planet might be amongst the other seven planets where life is not possible. To prevent this, we, as the residents of this green planet should take strict steps to guard the uniqueness of our planet and let it be green and full of life forever.
So, what could you do to protect the environment on an individual level? To clear your dilemma, we have come up with a list of ten things that you can do to save and protect our home.
1. Say no to plastic
Plastic or polyethylene without a doubt is harmful, not only for the health of humans but also for the health of the biodiversity. Banning plastic from the environment will automatically reduce the levels of pollution to several folds.
But considering the abundance of plastic in every nook and corner of our life, the task seems unrealistic. But some small steps can considerably decline the amount of plastic pollution from our lives.
- Using a recyclable cloth bag
- Discarding the plastic bottles and using glass, clay, stainless steel or copper bottles.
- Replace your plastic lunchboxes with steel ones
2. Sun to the rescue
Alternating fossil fuels with the energy of our hottest star might be an excellent idea to decline the trend of overuse of resources. Use of solar panels to enlighten our houses at night can save thousands of megawatts of electricity.
Although, setting up rooftop solar panels can be expensive. But with advancement in technology, the rates of solar panels are declining, and the overall cost of installing these panels will get mitigated in the long run.
So for the beginners, setting up solar panels for a tiny area of their homes can also lead to a significant decrease in the consumption of electric power.
3. Educating people
Lack of awareness among the common people is also one of the major aspects of the misuse of resources which ultimately leads to pollution.
The government of every country should take up the responsibility of educating its citizens. People should be educated by the aid of documentaries, short films, advertisements and campaigns.
4. Public transport, always
Using public transportation not only provides an easy solution to cope up with the pollution issue, but it also allows us to meet new people in our journey to the office. It also aids in reducing the traffic congestion on the streets thus allowing us to reach our destination faster.
Recently, the government of Luxembourg has waived all the fares of public transport in order to make their country less polluted and traffic free. This small step by the Luxembourg government can save gallons of fossil fuels and hence aid in slowing down the process of climate change.
5. Forego fossil fuels
Fossil fuels sidetracked the renewable sources of energy in the mid-twentieth century owing to their abundance and ease of utilization. But few people knew that these abundant resources will soon run out of stock due to their careless use.
In the current scenario, it has become essentiality to focus on renewable sources like wind turbines, hydroelectric power, and solar energy. In order to make this planet sustainable for future generations, we should have to learn to forego fossil fuels.
6. Eat the food rightly
In places where income is low, and infrastructure is weak, food loss is typically unintended and structural in nature. But in high-income places, the wastage is on the will of people.
In both situations, the end result is similar, and that is wastage of resources.
The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals call for halving per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels by 2030, as well as reducing food losses along production and supply chains. In order to curb the global food loss, the government of every country should formulate strict rules to avoid wastage.
7. Stop chopping the forests
Deforestation is one of the major reasons why the quality of air has degraded to an all-time low. The loss of trees and other vegetation can cause climate change, desertification, soil erosion, fewer crops, flooding, increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and a host of problems for indigenous people.
Due to the decline in the number of trees, the environment of the Earth has been adversely affected. Many flora and fauna are on the verge of extinction due to the loss of their natural habitat.
8. Suppress the population growth
Overpopulation has overburdened our planet, not only in terms of space but also for food and water. It will soon emerge as the largest single threat to the ecology and biodiversity of the planet in the decades to come.
The global climate disruption due to the buildup of human-generated greenhouse gases in the atmosphere will soon be a reality if left unchecked.
9. Unplug your devices
Almost all the devices that we use these days are battery operated and use electricity in some form or other, and we as careless beings often leave the chargers of the devices switched on and plugged. This leads to a continuous flow of energy without any use.
So, in order to stop this misuse, every individual should be made aware of the losses due to this simple act of carelessness, and they should be taught to switch off every plug before they leave their homes.
10. Switch to electric vehicles
The electric vehicle market is booming, and although the electric vehicles are quite expensive for the time being, these will soon provide an effective alternative for petrol and diesel operated vehicles. The use of the EVs would not only lessen the pollution on the Earth, but it will also decrease the traffic due to their tiny size.
Ensuring good health of our planet is for our own good. We’ve been exploiting the natural resources since long, but it is high time we realize the damage it has done to the planet and takes necessary steps to protect our only shelter.