We only have one planet. And, unfortunately, we’re not treating it well. Environmental problems are all around us. We’re heating up the globe, polluting our air and water, killing our ocean life, and potentially causing a global extinction event.
All of this is terrifying and frustrating. But we are not powerless. There are things that each of us can do to help the Earth, and even more things that all of us can do if we work together. Here’s what you can do right now to make your life greener and our planet healthier.
Change your driving habits
Cars are a big part of how we hurt the Earth. Particularly in the United States, where cars are so essential for transport and where so many of us own gas-guzzling monstrosities, the pollution that is generated by cars is astounding. That pollution makes our air unhealthy, causes acid rain, and contributes to global warming.
You can reduce your impact by rethinking your driving habits. Driving more carefully (with less sudden acceleration and braking) can give you better gas mileage. So can upgrading your vehicle (especially to a hybrid or electric car) and maintaining it for maximum efficiency. Better yet, carpool or take public transit. A single bus can hold dozens of would-be drivers, which means that dozens fewer cars are belching smog on our streets and highways.
Run your HVAC more efficiently
Using up lots of energy is a quick way to hurt the planet. The more energy you use, the more you are contributing to problems such as pollution and global warming. That’s why you should make sure that your car and your travel habits are as efficient as possible, and it’s also why you should take a look at how you heat and cool your house.
Saving energy (and money) on your climate control habits is about more than just turning the thermostat up or down once in a while, explain experts at one Denver AC service. It’s also about getting your system maintained and, if necessary, replaced or upgraded. Just as old, broken-down cars are lousy for the environment compared to new ones, so are old HVAC systems. Getting the proper maintenance and care for your HVAC system can make a world of difference for the world we live in.
Reuse and recycle everything that you can
Recycling makes a big difference to our environment. But all of the recycling bins and recycling trucks in the world won’t matter if people don’t use them. That’s why you should take your individual obligation to recycle seriously.
If you run a company, you can magnify your impact. Offices can recycle a lot of paper, for instance. And many types of contracting and manufacturing companies generate lots of scrap material, much of which can be recycled, explain experts in scrap metal recycling in Mobile, AL. If you’re in charge, make sure that your organization is doing its part to help the planet.
Donate, protest, and lobby for major change
Doing the things that we’ve listed so far will reduce your environmental footprint and help the world become a healthier, happier place for all of us. But you are just one person, and the sad truth is that many others out there aren’t taking the same initiative that you are. Worse still, massive corporations and governments are generating waste on a scale that dwarfs any effort you could make to recycle. So what can you do? You can take action.
You can and should live your life in a way that is environmentally conscious, but you should also recognize that we will not win our environmental battles unless we take on corporations and governments. You should consider joining or donating to environmental groups that protest and lobby for better environmental regulations. If we put the right laws on the books, we can do the world — and ourselves — a big favor.