Simple, Everyday Ways of Protecting the Earth

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There is no limit to the number of things that can be done to help preserve the planet. The following is a list of green steps that can be taken to help ensure a healthier Earth.

 

 

  • Plant a native tree. Trees remove many pollutants from the environment; provide oxygen as well as homes and shelter for animals – to name but three benefits.
  • Stop using pesticides, herbicides, rodenticides and other harmful, unnecessary chemicals. There are safe, non toxic ways to deal with weeds and “pests.”
  • Donate to and/or volunteer with an organization that helps to protect wild animals and the environment.
  • Switch to environmentally friendly, cruelty-free products. Water and vinegar is a safe, effective, all purpose cleaner.
  • Plant native bushes, wild flowers and other plants to be enjoyed by animals and people.
  • Plant an organic vegetable garden. By reducing our need for imported, pesticide laden vegetables, we are helping the environment – and our health!
  • Remove, or significantly reduce, meat from your diet. Meat production is not only responsible for animal suffering, but also for environmental degradation and pollution.
  • Choose products which are the least harmful to the environment and which contain the least amount of packaging and which uses recycled packaging.
  • Switch to coffee that has been grown, harvested and roasted in an environmentally friendly manner.
  • Walk, jog or bicycle (if you are able) instead of driving to work and other places. If you live too far away or are not fit enough, consider taking public transportation or car pooling.
  • Conserve rain water for use in gardens. Make sure that an animal-proof cap is securely in place to keep animals (and children) from climbing into the water container.
  • Ensure that your home is in good repair so that conflicts with wild life taking up residence in yours are avoided.
  • Practice the 3Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle. Repair items when possible and recycle paper and electronics.
  • Try to reduce your use of paper. Use scrap paper for writing shopping lists. Read the news at online newspapers and other informative web sites.
  • Reduce water use. Avoid watering lawns and wash clothes and dishes only when you have a full load, turn off the tap while brushing your teeth etc.
  • Reduce your use of electricity. Avoid using such items as televisions, hair dryers and other non essential electrical items on Earth Day – and try to decrease your long-term use of these items.
  • Switch to more energy efficient appliances or replace broken appliances with energy efficient ones.
  • Switch to a more efficient vehicle.
  • Switch to alternative energy sources, like solar power, whenever possible.
  • Use products made of hemp.
  • Compost kitchen scraps, grass clippings and other suitable items and use the compost in gardens.
  • Reduce your use of toxic products and dispose/recycle of any in an appropriate manner.
  • Encourage your children's teachers to participate in Earth Day and teach about protecting the environment all year.
  • Take the time to educate others about how they can protect the Earth.