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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.
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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.