As humans, we owe ourselves to take care of our planet. The earth’s natural environment has suffered heavily because of our callousness and disregard for cleanliness. From throwing trash into the water to letting unfiltered fumes into the air, we have transformed our planet into a toxic wasteland. Consequently, more than a million plants and animals are facing extinction. But there is still hope.
As an individual, you can do much to help take care of your surroundings. Even if you start small by picking up after yourself, that is enough to push the planet away from seeking deeper into global warming. So, if you’re looking for ways to clean up and take care of the environment, here are some practices you can do:
1. Ensure industries are complying with standard rules
There are many types of pollution, each being hazardous in its way. Polluted and unhealthy air can impact your breathing, contaminated water is a Petri dish for bacteria, and plastics cluttering the ground mess up the environment, causing the land to deplete in quality. About 25% of industries contribute to this pollution in the US. Besides expelling harmful fumes and chemicals, unmonitored factories are also hazardous to workers. When an employee gets injured, they may need time off, increasing the workload. On the other hand, if they fall sick or take toxic chemical residues home, it can harm those around them. But you can help remedy this situation.
You can advocate for environmental health and safety by earning a relevant degree in the sector and working on monitoring the conditions of these workplaces to curb many hazards. Your skills can ensure that workers are safe from contaminants and biohazards while the industrial site is well maintained, safe, and usable. This includes retiring older machines, fixing molds, and providing equipment that is rust-free and the air is filtered when it exits the factory. If workers toss chemicals into the water, instruct them to neutralize the threat by changing the pH. You may also provide them with a safe dumping site so that particles don’t escape into the environment and stay confined in one area.
Diseases can spread in the surrounding, so ensure that every worker is healthy, fit, and knows how to manage their injuries without getting infected. Helping industries maintain a standard that doesn’t kill the environment is a significant advantage in stopping climate change.
2. Stop using disposable products
Disposable products are one-time-use items you throw away. These are not biodegradable and take years before they disintegrate. But until then, these plastic wastes fill the land, pollute the water and endanger marine life. When fish and sea turtles accidentally consume these products, it severely harms them. This impacts the marine ecosystem, which inadvertently hurts us. Items like disposable razors, cups, grocery bags, and straws are environmentally harmful.
You should use more reusable items such as metal cups, cloth bags, and shavers. Likewise, stop purchasing from companies with little incentive to eliminate plastic packaging. Take your tote bags with you when you’re out shopping and use them as carriers.
3. Spread awareness
Sometimes people may not know that their practices are harming the environment. These may include not investing sustainably or opting for individual transport instead of sharing rides to reduce fuel consumption. So until you get everyone on the same page as you, fighting this battle alone may not be possible.
Start by talking to your local lawmakers and encouraging them to push for green initiatives. This can include introducing more hydro-powered cars and encouraging people to cycle to work. You should use platforms like YouTube and TikTok to make videos on environmental dehydration and share links on pictures of what pollution does to the planet. For example, you can shed light on the Great Barrier Reef, the planet’s largest living structure damaged by massive coral bleaching, causing it to shrink. Then talk about how environmental preservation can make the reef bloom again and revive its structure.
You can also include children in this initiative by showing them animations on how they can help by planting flowers and reusing seeds from their fruits to grow more.
4. Save water
Water is among the most precious resources necessary for sustaining life. But when you misuse this element, you endanger your life and the entire biome around you. Plants and animals need water. But when it’s contaminated, no one can use it. Additionally, your waste crowded water bodies transforming them from larger volumes to shallow puddles. Eventually, the water dries up and can cause a wide-scale drought.
So, to ensure you’re saving H2O, learn to conserve it and stop polluting it. You should avoid cruising for vacation since this industry is guilty of damaging the water and overfishing. Do not waste water while washing dishes or showering, and install a low flush system. You should also check if there are leaks in your house and mend them right away. This helps you save on water and reduce wasting it.
5. Plant local flora
Living in concrete jungles is not suitable for your health. Plants are natural filters of the air and reduce carbon emissions. This helps curb the effects of global warming. But when you have buildings with no greenery in sight, you can accelerate the process of environmental depletion. Research what plants are suitable for your country. For example, white sage is a native plant of North America, both an herb and frequented by hummingbirds.
On the other hand, red maple is the most common tree in the US. Every plant has certain requirements. They need specific soil, water, and sunlight to blossom. If you bring in foreign plants, they may die or consume too much water, making them unsustainable in the long run. Plants and flowers also encourage bees to come back. Bees facilitate pollination, which is the primary level of every food chain. Without them, there may be a global scarcity in distributing food. So don’t undermine their value.
The planet is suffering, and unless you act fast, there may be no hope for earth. The amount of pollution humanity has caused needs to get remedied. This will ensure a safe and healthy environment for future generations. So if you want to help the world improve, do your part. You need to become an environment and health specialist to regulate how industries work.
Get into the habit of reusing and stop buying disposables. Additionally, get the community involved in your cause. Talk about pollution as much as you can. Go easy on the water and learn to use it smartly. Finally, plant locally and sustainably to encourage wildlife to come back.