Simple ways to contribute to the environment

We are increasingly aware of the damage that many of the activities we do or the habits we have do to the environment. And in the end, if we just think about it a bit, we can modify them to reduce damage that can become irreversible.

In all the spaces and situations in which we operate there are simple ways to contribute to the environment.

Contribute to the environment from home

Let’s educate the little ones … and the not so little ones!

During their learning, the smallest of the house can go developing consciousness on caring for the environment. Of course, to achieve this goal, the not so young must also show an interest in conservation. Respect the enviroment in all its components, make a efficient use of water and energy Y Recycle they are simple concepts that they can learn from a very young age. In the end, it’s all a matter of habits to contribute to the environment.

Simple day-to-day practices

Possibly many of them you already do automatically, and that’s the idea! We must incorporate habits to contribute to the environment in our way of being, in our way of behaving, that is, in our essence. Let’s see some habits that can have a great impact on the conservation of the environment:

  • While you brush your teeth or while you lather, shut off the water.
  • If you are not watching TV, turn it off. Also disconnect any other electrical device that you are not using, even the mobile charger.
  • Wait to have the Full load in the washing machine or dishwasher to get them running. Do not leave the refrigerator open for a long time.
  • Heating or air conditioning, only what is necessary; represent a huge energy expenditure.
  • Take advantage of natural light during the day and uses low consumption For the night.
  • Remember the three R: reuse, recycle and reduce. To stop waste and prepare homemade compost. Take advantage of waste paper, bricks, boxes, cans and give them a new life. Reuse plastic bags, preferring those that are biodegradable. Reduce single-use plastic.

Contribute to the environment from your community

Plant trees

Trees are life. They greatly reduce the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, reduce the temperature under their shade and dampen the effects of acid rain. In addition, they provide oxygen to the environment, create shelter for animals and reduce soil erosion. Finally, they break with the visual pollution that occurs in many large cities.

Protect water sources

Do not dump paint, oil or other chemical waste into natural water sources in your community. Do not throw them on the ground either, since they reach the groundwater that also reaches the seas and oceans.

Do not throw trash

Obvious? Not so much. Many people do not consider cigarette butts, gum, small papers or bags as “garbage” and throw them in any corner. Collecting dog poop in plastic bags solves a problem on the one hand, but generates non-biodegradable litter on the other. Use newspaper when you take your dog for a walk.

And how about contributing to the environment when you travel?

Practice eco-tourism

Eco-tourism is one of the activities that can most help to achieve a sustainable development and contribute to the environment. On the one hand, eco-tourism seeks favor communities that offer lodgings and ecological routes as a way to empower them. It enables them to develop their cultures and their sustainable ways of exploiting the environment. On the other hand, it offers tourists the possibility of developing a greater environmental awareness and appreciation for nature. It provides them with new personal experiences through communication with other forms of society and cultures.

If you are more of using the car …

A form of reduce damage What we do to the environment, that is to say our “CO2 footprint”, when we travel is by keeping the car ready. Check out provided the tires have the adequate pressure. Uses the recommended oil by the manufacturer for your car’s engine. Enjoy of natural air where you can. You can do it, uses some form of massive transport –Bus or train– to get to your vacation spot. The plane is one of the means of transport that produces the most CO2 emissions.

Calculate your ecological footprint

There are some web applications that allow you calculate your CO2 footprint or ecological footprint. For this, they take into account your consumption of energy, water, materials –and the waste you produce– and transport. With the energy survey, you can know how is your consumption both in quantity and quality according to the fuel type that you use. With the survey on water, you can know your consumption from most basic from personal hygiene to watering the plants.

You can also know how your consumption is with respect to materials and waste production. A thick data indicates that, in Spain, each inhabitant produces kilo and a half of garbage per day, which represents 550 kg per year. Organic matter represents about 40%, paper and cardboard more than 20%, plastic 11% and the rest made up of other types of waste.

Last, but not least, you can also know your consumption when you move around on a day-to-day basis. Consider the different forms of transportation you use, the traffic you get, commuting for work or everyday shopping, business trips, and vacations.

Remember that contributing to the environment is a everyday activity. It is not valid that “there is only one” because, if we all think alike, we will be multiplying the damage we do to the planet. We only have one place to live and there is no plan B. Contributing to the environment must be part of our essence and, for that, environmental education must begin as soon as possible.

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