When was the last time you did something towards protecting the environment? Forget doing, when was the last time you even felt like doing something to save nature? We hardly bother to do anything in that regard. World Environment Day (WED) occurs on 5 June every year, and people all over celebrate World Environment Day, with plans in mind to save earth and the environment. But sometimes we need to ask ourselves “will we really execute our plans?” It’s high time we do, as the planet we live on is suffering. We are extracting all it has – oil, ores, water and more.
Take a look below at some ideas and tips on how we can do this. Let’s protect the planet and go green to save our environment!
1. You can reduce the water wastage by:-
* Reducing your bathing time
* Install a low-flow showerhead
* Turn off the water in the sink while shaving or brushing your teeth
* Submerge a full water bottle in the toilet tank to shift or move water and make it a low flow model to save water with each flush
* Fix leaking pipes
* Recycle water in your home
* Where possible, try not to use water as a cleaning solution. Baking Soda and Vinegar can work just as well as other cleaning products.
* Install aeration nozzles on all taps
2. When going shopping, make it a habit to bring your own eco-bags and say no to plastic bags as much as possible.
3. Send your drinking bottles, paper, used oil, old batteries and used tires to a depot for recycling or safe disposal; all these very cause serious pollution.
4. Use CFC-free products.
CFCs are released from aerosol sprays, air conditioning systems and refrigerators. Some cosmetic products too, contain CFCs. Some countries have already banned the use of CFC products. CFCs contribute to ozone depletion and greenhouse effect. Using CFC-free products is the simplest way to prevent the harm they cause to the environment.
5. Walk or cycle
Driving is one of the biggest causes of pollution. If you want to use your car, ask yourself the following question: do I really need my car? Walk or use your bike if the journey is a short one.
6. Join a library instead of buying books.
7. Print double-sided. If possible, advocate to make your office or school paper-free.
8. Buy used furniture and re-purpose it. You save money and trees (plus, create original furniture!)
9. Ways to contribute for cleaner air
* Painting your house? Use a latex paint. Oil-based paints release hydrocarbon fumes.
* Get a tune-up. Properly maintained vehicles get better gas mileage and emit fewer pollutants.
* Don’t top off your gas tank. Overfilling causes spills that release hydrocarbons and other toxic chemicals into the air.
* Conserve energy. You’ll lower your utility bills and help avoid peak demands on utility plants.
* Don’t burn your yard waste. It’s illegal in many areas of Ohio because burning yard waste releases mold spores, soot, and other contaminants that can aggravate allergies and cause respiratory problems.
* Plant a tree. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.
* Park the car. Walk, bike or use mass-transit whenever you can. Vehicle traffic is a major contributor to smog.
Theme For World Environment Day 2018
“Beat Plastic Pollution, if you can reuse it, refuse it”, is the theme for World Environment 2018 that aims to make governments, industry, communities, and individuals come together and explore sustainable alternatives and urgently reduce the production and excessive use of single-use plastic.
You can conserve energy in your home by
* Switch off or unplug any chargers or appliances you don’t need on.
* Insulate your house.
* Reduce leaks in ducts.
* Reduce heating usage in the winter.
* Replace inefficient appliances with ENERGY STAR® models.
* Change to energy efficient light bulbs.
* Setting your freezer temperature 0-5 or refrigerator temperature at 36-38
* Minimising door opening while using the oven
* Avoid using chemicals to clean your home, use a microfiber cloth
So make your pledge today, at this very moment!