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10 Ways A Young Person Can Help The Environment Today

Updated on November 25, 2016
Save the Environment
Save the Environment
Save trees
Save trees
Save paper, save trees
Save paper, save trees
save water
save water
walk, don't drive
walk, don't drive
walking is good for the heart in more ways than one.
walking is good for the heart in more ways than one.
save trees, save wildlife
save trees, save wildlife

Global warming and its consequences are rather alarming. One talks about the need of saving the environment - here is a list of simple things you can do to actually contribute to save the environment instead of just discussing it or suffering the consequences of it.

1) Plant trees or save trees: Think green. Saving trees will also help save wildlife.

The destruction of trees is the primary cause that global warming is taking place today. So if you can just plant as many trees as you can and ENSURE that they survive; you are doing your two bit worth. If you cannot plant trees, just make sure you can save trees from being cut down, or drying up and dying due to lack of water. Make it a point to water at least one tree or plant in a day, in your yard, garden or neighborhood.

2) Save paper: avoid taking unnecessary printouts. Use recycled paper. On a lighter note: Teachers, give your students less written work. Instead of getting each student to buy their own text books, the school can provide text books on a borrow-able basis as in a library. This will save the students of carrying horrendous loads of books to school and back- especially true for countries like India where student’s daily school bag weighs a ton with the amount of things some schools insist they carry!

3) Limit the use of air-conditioners- build up your tolerance levels and get used to living in natural whether and climatic conditions.

4) Stop using deodorant and aerosol sprays. Air conditioners, refrigerators and aerosol sprays use CFC or cholo-fluro-carbons. When CFC leaks into the atmosphere, it does deplete the ozone in the air. The Ozone layer is what protects us for harmful radiations of the sun.

5) Builders and architects should use less glass on outer walls of buildings in their designs. For example- a tall building with a glass façade from top to bottom will heat up in the summer. The amount of heat generated is just added to the already hot atmosphere on the outside of the building, especially in warm /hot countries. On the inside of the building- the temperature will go up a considerable amount, increasing the need for fans/ air coolers / air conditioners.

6) Conserve electricity. Switch off the lights, fans, air-conditioners/heaters when leaving a room if you are the last one to leave. Switch off any appliances when you are not using them or taking a break in the middle of an activity. Set your heaters and coolers to the optimum temperature. The sun gives off its energy for free, make full use of it; use solar energy where possible. Watch less TV.

7) Save water where possible- for example, turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth, turn on the tap only when you are ready to rinse or gargle. In the shower, turn off the shower while you soap / shampoo yourself , turn it on only when you are ready to stand under the water spray. Using a bucket and mug to take a bath instead of the shower will also reduce the amount of water you need. When washing your car, first dust off the dry dust. Wash your cars using a bucket and mop. You need less water that way.

8) Drive less, walk more - whether to school, office or on a date. Go for romantic walks instead of drives with your date. Walking is good for the heart, in more ways than one. Use a bicycle. All of this will not only help save the environment, but will also help you stay fit and in shape. It will also help reduce your weight if you are looking to.

9) Carpool if you have to drive.

10) Use less plastic. Use bio-degradable stuff.

Take your own shopping basket /bag along when you go shopping. There was an era when plastic carry-bags did not exist. The earth was a much healthier place then. These days plastic carry bags are used freely and they mess up the environment as most of them are not bio-degradable.

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      Animelover 2 years ago

      nice info

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      stephanie 2 years ago

      this was a great article

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      Trevor Bamba 4 years ago

      This is truly great and I will link other people to read from you. Be blessed

      www.greenempowermentforafrica.org

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      Vibhavari 5 years ago from India

      Hi marthamuldoon,

      Thanks for your feedback. As regards your feedback about CFC, I've looked for information and find that they are still used....R-12 and R-22 are the main concerns and are being replaced by R-134a and R-402 which are more environmentally friendly. So I guess point 4 can remain as it is for now.

      Have a nice day!

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      marthamuldoon 5 years ago from Austin, TX

      Interesting tips. I think, though, that number four is somewhat obsolete. I believe that CFC's have been phased out, and in most countries, they are no longer used in aerosols. Maybe you want to check that one. Good news for the environment, anyway.

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      rrj 5 years ago

      good tips,i hope everyone of us is aware on how we can take care our environment..

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      Vibhavari 5 years ago from India

      Thank you rupali.

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      rupali khare 5 years ago

      i am very impressed from these beautiful tips to save environment

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      jesimpki 5 years ago from Radford, VA

      Very good tips! Everyone can do something and it all adds up!

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      talhabaloch 6 years ago

      This is good i,ll try to do that

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      Vibhavari 6 years ago from India

      Thanks for your feedback Prem Bohara.

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      Vibhavari 6 years ago from India

      Thanks for your feedback Prem Bohara.

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      Prem Bohara 6 years ago

      hi

      Thanks for great work

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      Vibhavari 6 years ago from India

      hi fucsia

      Thank you so much for your appreciation of my hub!

      Have a great day!

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      Great suggestions. All of us can, or is better say: we must, follow these points. The health of our environment is an our responsabilities.

      Thank you, your Hub helps us to not forget the important of our daily actions

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      Vibhavari 6 years ago from India

      Hi joyce.blue,

      Thank you so much for your feedback. I do agree with you, that we only need to do whatever little we can do, and we end up achieving the big things in life.

      Have a great day!

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      joyce.blue 6 years ago

      Great tips! it is really possible to help our environment in simple ways. It doesn't need to be a big step, but little by little we can help.

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      Vibhavari 6 years ago from India

      Thank you NerdGuy98 for your feedback. I am sure you can do something to help the environment- think of what you can do rather than what you cannot. Makes you a more able person. :}

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      NerdGuy98 6 years ago

      Awesome tips :}

      I wish i could help but i cant sorry :{

      Help the environment !!!!!! Because i do my best.

      (Help the environment).

      (Help the environment).

      Earth Day AWESOME.

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      Vibhavari 6 years ago from India

      Hi Anonymous, thanks for leaving your comment.

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      Anonymous 6 years ago

      If you live in Hawaii, Maunalua Bay is a good place to go to clean up algae. Does anyone have ideas on where it needs help in cleaning up?

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      Vibhavari 7 years ago from India

      Hi fucsia, you are welcome and thank you for your feedback!

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      fucsia 7 years ago

      I really like this hub! All of us have to follow your advices: together we can change the world .... (And save our money ....). Thanks!

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      Vibhavari 7 years ago from India

      Hi lindsays5624,

      Thank you so much for your feedback. I appreciate it.

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      lindsays5624 7 years ago

      I do like these ideas for eco friendly living. My contribution is to change your light bulbs to energy saving light bulbs as this really helps your carbon footprint

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      Vibhavari 7 years ago from India

      Yes Saad Shaukat, that was the idea- to remind people that they already know so they can start practicing..

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      Saad Shaukat 7 years ago

      Most of us know these tips by now. The challenge is now to motivate ourselves and others to implement it.

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      Vibhavari 7 years ago from India

      Hi Environment,

      thank u for stopping by. At the moment the environment needs all the hands it can get to protect it!

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      Environment 7 years ago

      Young people have enthusiasm and the willpower to make things happen.The environment needs young hands to protect it.

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      Vibhavari 7 years ago from India

      Hi SuperSkyRockets

      You have echoed my sentiments! and what with Nasa having 'bombed' the moon to check if there was water on it.. I sometimes wonder if we really think about the consequences of our actions!

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      SuperSkyRockets 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great sentiments on this Hub. Wouldn't it be fantastic if one day we were talking not just about saving the environment or minimising the damage we do but about actually improving the planet to the benefit of all!

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      Vibhavari 8 years ago from India

      Hi Kimberley,

      thank you for that link.

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      Kimberly Bunch 8 years ago from EAST WENATCHEE

      Great Hub! Here's a little bonus: https://hubpages.com/technology/saveenergy

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      Vibhavari 8 years ago from India

      Thank you Chloe. If everyone did just a little bit, this global warming thing can be turned around in no time at all!

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      Chloe Comfort 8 years ago from Long Island

      Great info for everyone, not just the young. Kudos!

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      Vibhavari 8 years ago from India

      Hi midnightbliss, you're welcome and thanks for stopping by.

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      Haydee Anderson 8 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      These simple tips are the basic on how to help save our environment. thanks for this post.