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10 things you can do to protect our planet – Earth Month!
By Jade Ellis
April is Earth Month.
It’s time to make small changes that can help save our planet in a big way.
Earth month is the time to get the word out and support activism towards global environmental issues. Sometimes the urgency of this matter is not fully realised. This is why Earth day is a great way to remind ourselves of the importance of our planet, energy and water supply, biodiversity, habitat and environmental damage. We all need the motivation to want to help and change our world, and this month is time to be open to changing our ways - for the good of our planet! .
1. Give your car a break!
To save energy and reduce our carbon footprint it would be a good idea to cut down on the amount we all use cars. By using public transportation, carpooling, biking or walking, we can save energy and reduce carbon pollution and save energy. Leaving your car at home just two days a week can reduce carbon pollution by an average of two tons per year. Even small changes can make an impact.
Now that the days are getting longer and the temperature is warmer, why not make biking your main way of getting around? Biking will help you get in shape for spring and summer, and will also protect the environment too. You can travel thousands of miles by bicycle without creating air pollution. Believe it or not – If you biked to work rather than drove, you could save 407 gallons of gasoline each year – half the amount burned by a typical car.
3. Eat less meat and dairy!
Shifting to more plant-based foods is essential to combatting climate change, soil, air and water pollution, ocean dead zones, and myriad other problems caused by industrial livestock production. If we decide to eat fewer meals with meat or dairy each week, we can have a huge impact on our collective health and the health of the planet.
- - Commit to reducing your meat and dairy consumption by a few meals per week and tell five friends about your choice to find alternative proteins.
- - Make fresh fruits and vegetables a bigger part of your diet.
- - Buy sustainable or organic fresh produce whenever possible.
Composting your food and garden waste reduces the amount of rubbish you send to landfills and reduces carbon pollution. Using food and kitchen scraps, garden trimmings, and other organic waste to create a compost pile can also help increase soil water retention, decrease erosion, and replace chemical fertilizers.
5. Turn off the tap!
Conserving water helps to save energy and reduce carbon pollution. This can be as simple as turning off the tap while you brush your teeth. By doing this in the morning and evening, you can save up to 8 gallons of water. That adds up to more than 200 gallons a month! The solution really is the simplest things that we can do collectively to improve our planet.
By buying food and other products in reusable or recyclable packaging, we can reduce CO2 emissions by 230 pounds a year. At Fushi, we use simple measures like recycling our paper, creating a paperless office and switching off all our equipment when not in use can make a difference. We use low energy bulbs throughout, we recycle most of our waste including our paper, glass and card boxes, as well as plastic.
The most effective way to reduce waste is to avoid creating it in the first place. The process of making a new product creates carbon pollution. As a result, reduction and reuse are the most effective ways you can save natural resources, protect the environment, and save money. A tip is perhaps instead of discarding unwanted items – why not try selling or donating them? You will be not only reducing waste, but helping others too.
8. Go Organic!
"Organic" refers to an environmentally- and people-friendly way of farming and processing foods using no synthetic chemicals to control bugs or weeds. Organic farming usually involves farming methods that help conserve soil and protect water supplies. As pesticides aren't used on plants and hormones aren't fed to animals, organic farming is much safer and healthier for the environment.
9.Take a shower!
Try a short shower instead of a bath! Taking a shower uses much less water than filling up a bathtub. In fact, a shower only uses 10 to 25 gallons of water, while a bath uses up to 70 gallons! To save even more water and energy, keep your shower under five minutes long. Maybe try timing yourself next time you hop in!
10. Power down!
Powering down electronics not in use will help save you money and prevent carbon pollution. A few tips to do this is to turn off the lights, TV’s and any other appliances when you are not using them. Also whenever you leave the home, turn off the computers and unplug them!
If we all tried even one or two of these tips this month, we would save an amazing amount of energy! These issues are definitely helped when numbers increase. Let’s try and do our best to encourage each other this month to make better choices, and in turn to love our planet!