If you’re concerned about the environment, one of the most important things you should know is that Pollution Prevention Begins with People. Although we are well aware that city traffic, household waste and other aspects of our lives affect pollution, it’s ultimately up to us to decide if we will allow it to continue.
How you can make a difference
We can all make a difference to the levels of pollution that end up in our atmosphere. Without realizing, we all contribute to the global warming, but the good news is we can all work to make things better.
One of the most important things we can do is to recycle as much as we can. Local authorities are now working harder than ever to encourage their community to step up and recycle. This can help us all to save the environment as it ensures we use up less energy manufacturing new products. Waste paper can be broken down into pulp and turned into newspapers, plastic cartons can be re-shaped into something else, tins and aluminum can be used one more.
You should also be aware that re-using things can have an impact on the environment. If you get the chance to re-use plastic bags, packaging, cartons and other household-related objects then you should. Re-using something means the energy used to manufacture it wasn’t wasted. This process also gives way to a lot of creativity too as you might need to use your Imagination to decide how you can build a new shed from materials that have been used elsewhere before.
If you are unaware of exactly how much pollution our fragile planet has to deal with on a daily basis, the following facts may alarm you:
- It’s thought that approximately 14,000,000,000 (14 billion) pounds of garbage finds its way to our oceans every single year. If that wasn’t bad enough, most of the garbage that enters our oceans is plastic. This material can have a devastating effect on sea life, and ultimately our whole ecosystem.
- More than 1,000,000 (1 million) sea birds die every year due to the harmful effects of pollution
- Incredibly, recycling can help to prevent roughly 85 million tons of waste being thrown away each year. The good news is that this figure has been growing exponentially since 1980.
As you can see, our daily lives can have a negative effect on the environment. It is now up to all of us to keep our planet clean and free from pollution. While we may never be able to reverse the damage that has already been done, we can at least help to prevent it from getting worse.
The effects of global warming
In our lifetime we have all started to see the effects of global warming for ourselves. The seasons are now changing, the planet is getting warmer and we’re all starting to suffer because of it. Even though we are already doing so much, it isn’t enough, and we need to do more. The fact is that even our attempts to make this planet a greener place are simply not good enough.
Did you know that the amount of power it takes to make a wind turbine outweighs the amount of power they will ever create in their lifetime? As you can see, some very good intentions are going to waste, and it’s about time we looked for a solution elsewhere. Alternatively we could start building wind turbines out of materials that don’t use up too much energy to create, but will that ever happen?
The world’s finite resources
You don’t have to be an eco-warrior or someone who goes out and petitions a lot in order to make a difference. We can each make a difference at home and at work. It doesn’t take much to think about how we can recycle more, re-use more and stop taking this world and its finite resources for granted.
For our children’s children
Not only do we need to make the world a better place for ourselves, but we need to make it a better place for our children’s children. We don’t want future generations to suffer because we have used up finite resources. We want them to live in a clean world that has enough resources so that they can lead struggle-free lives.
As the world keeps turning, we all need to make sure that keep it working for us. The only way we can do this is to protect it, look after it and give back what we have all taken away.