Good Morning everyone, hope your all well.
I visited the Doctors walk-in last Friday, after nearly Two Hours I had to tell my parents I needed to go home as I was feeling really unwell and felt sick to my stomach, even the receptionist seemed worried about me, so I must’ve looked bad. So right about now on Wednesday 5th June, we are back at the walk-in, I will keep you guys updated, I apologise if it’s not something you’re interested in, you may feel free to skip this section at any point, I just like to be honest with you guys about my life.
World Environment Day embraces smaller and less-developed nations while tackling even bigger topics: from sustainable consumption to the illegal trade in wildlife. The annual day of action that began more than 40 years earlier goes viral on social media.
Since its beginning in 1974, World Environment Day has developed into a global platform for raising awareness and taking action on urgent issues from marine pollution and global warming to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. Millions of people have taken part over the years, helping drive change in our consumption habits as well as in national and international environmental policy.
I try to help the environment as much as I can, as there is only one planet we live on and I know I probably sound boring talking about it but it’s an important matter that can be helped by the little things we do every day. Here are some things you can do to help save and protect the environment!
1. Use Reusable Bags
Plastic grocery-type bags that get thrown out end up in landfills or in other parts of the environment. These can suffocate animals who get stuck in them or may mistake them for food. Also, it takes a while for the bags to decompose. Whether you are shopping for food, clothes or books, use a reusable bag. This cuts down on litter and prevents animals from getting a hold of them. There are even some stores (such as Target) that offer discounts for using reusable bags!
2. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Recycling is such a simple thing to do, but so many people don’t do it. Many garbage disposal companies offer recycling services, so check with the company you use to see if they can help you get started! It is as simple as getting a bin and putting it out with your trash cans for free! Another way to recycle is to look for recycling cans near trashcans. Instead of throwing recyclables in the trash with your non-recyclables, make a point to take an extra step to locate recycling cans around your campus.
3. Use Reusable Beverage Containers
Instead of buying individually-packaged drinks, consider buying a bulk container of the beverage you want and buying a reusable water bottle. Not only will this help the environment, but it will also help you save money since you are buying a bulk container. Many restaurants offer reusable containers for drinks. If you go to a certain place a lot, consider buying one of these containers to help minimize waste. A lot of coffee shops even offer a discount to customers who use a reusable container for their drinks. Starbucks, as an example, offers a small discount for customers who do this. Saving the environment and money? Win-win.
4. Save Water
Water is wasted more frequently than we can see. Turn off the faucet as you are brushing your teeth. Don’t turn your shower on until you’re ready to get in and wash your hair. Limit your water usage as you wash dishes. Changing old habits will be good for both the environment and your wallet!
5. Save Electricity!
Use energy-efficient light bulbs instead of regular bulbs. They last longer, which will save you a bit of money (every little bit helps on a college budget, right?). Make sure you turn off lights, the TV, and other appliances when you are not using them. Lower your air conditioning or heat when it’s not necessary. This is especially true for between seasons. Open your windows in the early fall or layering your clothes in the early fall.
6. Avoid Taking Cars or Carpool When Possible
Cars are harmful to the environment. Taking public transportation, walking, or riding a bike to class are better options that help the environment and your budget, as well as getting some exercise in! If you do need to use your car, compare schedules and places of residency with those in your classes. You can split the cost of gas and have alternating schedules for who drives when. This is cheaper than everyone driving separately and you’ll be closer with friends!
7. Use Reusable Straws
There are many reasons to switch to reusable straws. The two biggest are related to our physical and environmental health. According to Eco At Heart plastic straws contain BPA, which is linked to brain and behaviour problems as well as an increased risk of cancer and heart problems. We use straws once and then toss them away without a second thought, and this waste creates a lot of plastic pollution. Eco At Heart explains that plastic straws are one of the top ten most common items of trash found in the ocean. Switching to reusable straws will lower the amount of pollution in our oceans, and less pollution means less harm to the environment and marine life! Last but not least, using reusable straws is economically beneficial as well! Many of us have purchased plastic straws to keep in the house for our iced coffees and Diet Cokes, so we all also know just how expensive that can be. Instead of buying new, harmful straws each month, you can buy reusable ones that save a lot of money and the environment!
Think about how much trash you make in a year. Reducing the amount of solid waste you produce in a year means taking up less space in landfills, so your tax dollars can work somewhere else. Plus, compost makes a great natural fertilizer. Composting is easier than you think. Composting helps keep the vegetable matter out of landfills. … This airless environment causes the plant matter, as it decays, to produce methane gas as it decays. This potent greenhouse gas is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Consequently, composting helps minimize landfills’ contribution to climate change.
9. Join an environmental organization if you want to be involved.
Choose an organization that works to save and protect the environment. Check out Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, or the Environmental Defense Fund for starters. You can join an organization with a general focus on the environment, or one that supports a specific area.
- If your interest is mainly in water conservation, check out WATERisLIFE or Charity: Water.
- If air quality is a top concern for you, look into joining Clean Air Task Force or Earthjustice.
Your time to help promote a better environment. You can help by picking up litter, fixing bikes, planting trees and gardens, cleaning up rivers, and educating others. Find an activity that suits your interests and set aside some time to go and help out.
- Volunteer with a group of friends, a class, church group, etc. If coordinating a volunteer effort isn’t your thing, do it on your own!
I hope you have a good week, and keep warm if it’s cold where you are, until next time.