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10 Ways a Young Person Can Help the Environment Today

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I am always looking for ways to improve my life in whatever way I can.

Learn 10 things young people can do to protect and improve the environment.

Learn 10 things young people can do to protect and improve the environment.

What Can Young People Do to Help Protect and Improve Their Local Environment?

Global warming and its consequences are rather alarming. One talks about the need to save the environment—here is a list of simple things you can do to actually contribute to saving 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.

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 textbooks, the school can provide textbooks on a borrowable basis as in a library. This will save the students of carrying horrendous loads of books to school and back; this is especially true for countries like India where students' daily schoolbag weighs a ton with the number 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 weather and climatic conditions.

4. Stop Using Deodorant and Aerosol Sprays

Air conditioners, refrigerators, and aerosol sprays use CFC or cholo-fluoro-carbons. When CFC leaks into the atmosphere, it does deplete the ozone in the air. The ozone layer is what protects us from the harmful radiation of the sun.

5. Use Less Glass When Designing Buildings

Builders and architects should use less glass on the 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, and 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, walk more often. 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 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.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

Comments

Yeetusaurus Rex on December 05, 2019:

This information helps me to become a better person and enjoy the beauty provided for us by nature. Thank you for all who participated in the production of this article.

mercy2934 on March 06, 2019:

or you could eat less meat and more wild-caught fish. That would again fulfill both environment and ethics.

Sorry I had to put 4 messages. This website won't let you delete messages or edit them which sucks. So when I want to add something I have to start a new message. Sorry if this is annoying!

mercy2934 on March 06, 2019:

Instead of spreading the word about eating less meat, you could spread the word instead about telling people to become vegan. This would satisfy both ethics and environment. So go and tell other advocates about turning "eat less meat" into "eat vegan" and that would have a good result.

mercy2934 on February 20, 2019:

But anyways.. these are definitely good points you put up there, Vibhavari.

mercy2934 on February 19, 2019:

A problem with telling people to eat less meat though is that telling people to do that may increase animal suffering. This is because I would think that people replace meat with eggs after they cut it from their diet, which increases animal suffering by a lot. So even though it may help it is not the best way from my thinking. This is supported by the article "Why eating eggs causes more suffering than eating beef" by Dylan Matthews if you want to see. Generally, in the article it says that things like poultry and eggs cause more suffering, poultry because you need to kill more chicken to get the same amount of meat, and eggs I forgot. But the point is that eating less meat may not be the best answer for overall animal welfare and thus in my thinking is not the best strategy.

Anonymous on June 14, 2018:

IN adidtion to that, eating less processed food and eating locally are also very important points!

Anonymous on June 09, 2018:

Another way to save the environment is to eat less meat and other animal products. Farming animals require a lot of water, food, and land. In addition, they produce a lot of GHG emissions and waste.

Furthermore, one can save the environment by spreading the word. That arguably can make the biggest impact. Spread the word about how the environment is important and how we can save it (e.g. by eating less animal products/red meat, driving less, etc...)

Ruhan on April 16, 2018:

Young people have a role to play in environmental protection. What are the ways in which you can help?

Animelover on July 27, 2015:

nice info

stephanie on June 05, 2015:

this was a great article

Trevor Bamba on March 28, 2013:

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

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Vibhavari (author) from India on June 12, 2012:

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!

marthamuldoon from Austin, TX on June 11, 2012:

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.

rrj on March 23, 2012:

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

Vibhavari (author) from India on February 25, 2012:

Thank you rupali.

rupali khare on February 25, 2012:

i am very impressed from these beautiful tips to save environment

Jeremiah Simpkins from Pulaski, VA on December 29, 2011:

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

talhabaloch on May 07, 2011:

This is good i,ll try to do that

Vibhavari (author) from India on April 19, 2011:

Thanks for your feedback Prem Bohara.

Vibhavari (author) from India on April 19, 2011:

Thanks for your feedback Prem Bohara.

Prem Bohara on April 18, 2011:

hi

Thanks for great work

Vibhavari (author) from India on December 07, 2010:

hi fucsia

Thank you so much for your appreciation of my hub!

Have a great day!

fucsia on December 07, 2010:

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

Vibhavari (author) from India on December 07, 2010:

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!

joyce.blue on December 07, 2010:

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.

Vibhavari (author) from India on November 05, 2010:

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. :}

NerdGuy98 on November 05, 2010:

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.

Vibhavari (author) from India on October 20, 2010:

Hi Anonymous, thanks for leaving your comment.

Anonymous on October 18, 2010:

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?

Vibhavari (author) from India on August 26, 2010:

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

fucsia on August 25, 2010:

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

Vibhavari (author) from India on August 25, 2010:

Hi lindsays5624,

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

lindsays5624 on August 25, 2010:

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

Vibhavari (author) from India on March 14, 2010:

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

Saad Shaukat on March 14, 2010:

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

Vibhavari (author) from India on February 23, 2010:

Hi Environment,

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

Environment on February 23, 2010:

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

Vibhavari (author) from India on October 11, 2009:

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!

SuperSkyRockets on October 10, 2009:

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!

Vibhavari (author) from India on September 04, 2009:

Hi Kimberley,

thank you for that link.

Kimberly Bunch from EAST WENATCHEE on September 04, 2009:

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

Vibhavari (author) from India on August 05, 2009:

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

Chloe Comfort from Long Island on August 05, 2009:

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

Vibhavari (author) from India on January 14, 2009:

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

Haydee Anderson from Hermosa Beach on January 13, 2009:

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

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