There are many ways in which we can help
save the earth. Become an active member in your community to put an end
to the destruction of the only planet we can call home, the earth. Here
are some ways that you can help:
The first step is to find
programs near you and making others aware.
Some things that can be
liter plastic soda bottles
- Junk Mail
Americans receive enough junk
mail in one day to produce enough energy to heat a quarter of a
million homes! You actually can help put a stop junk mail, write to:
Mail Preference Service, Direct Marketing Association, 11 West 42nd
St., PO Box 3861, New York, NY 10163-3861. Junk mail can be reduced
by up to 75%. You can recycle the rest of the junk mail you receive.
- Low-Flow Faucet Aerator
This is device which you can
install with your water faucets at home. By attaching one of these,
water flow can be reduced by 50%. Even if only 10,000 households
installed low-flow aerators, 33 million gallons of water would be
- Kitchen Habits
Instead of using foil or paper
bags, use reusable containers for storing food. In place of paper
towels, use rags to wipe up spills, and use biodegradable wax paper
- Hot Water Heater
The hot water heater is about
20% of all the energy used in your home. There are some things that
you can do to save energy and save money. Turn your water heater
down to 130 degrees. You can also insulate your heater with a pre-fab
'blanket', which can save you 7-8% of your energy usage.
Because oil based paint is
toxic, use latex paint. Dispose of paint as hazardous waste or let
it evaporate outside for one year. Have extra paint? Instead of
getting rid of it, you can donate it to someone who may need it.
Inflate your tires well to
preserve the life of your tires and save gas. Every 2 weeks,
Americans wear out nearly 50 million pounds of rubber off their
tires. This is enough rubber to manufacture 3 and a quarter million
new tires. To help prevent this, you can inflate your tires well.
This preserves the life of the tires and saves gas, which ultimately
- Home Appliances
To allow your refrigerator to
run more efficiently, clean the condenser coils annually. Raising
the temperature in your refrigerator by 10 degrees, you can save 25%
of your energy. Clean or replace filters each month for air
Batteries contain heavy metals
which are a main source of contamination in dump sites. They break
apart and are released into the soil or into the air. To help you
can use rechargeable batteries and recycle alkaline batteries.
Mercury and cadmium can be reused.
- Shopping Bags
Plastic bags are not
biodegradable and do not decompose fully. Paper bags are reusable
and biodegradable. Paper bags are recyclable too. If the product you
are buying is small, don't take any bag. You can bring a cloth bag
when you shop as well.
- Animal Products
Do not buy products that are
from endangered animals. To help you can substitute your purchase or
boycott products from endangered animals.
In your home, 40% of pure water
is flushed down the toilet. You can create a low-flush toilet by
using small plastic bottles, filled with water or stones to displace
the amount of water in toilets. This can save 1-2 gallons per flush.
If we had 100,000 families doing this, could save up to 580 million
gallons per year!
A four person family that
showers each day for 5-minutes, in one week they would use 700
gallons of water. This is enough water for a person to live off of
for three years. To reduce the amount of usage, you can buy either
an aerated or a nonaerated shower head to cut your water output by
50%. You can save at least 14,000 gallons of water a year.
- Use Fluorescent Light
By using electricity we
contribute to global problems by making power plants and industrial
businesses generate more emissions that are polluting the earth.
Using a fluorescent light bulb, is much more efficient. They last
longer. By installing a single fluorescent light bulb in 100 million
households in America, "you would save the energy equivalent of
all of the energy that is generated by a nuclear power plant running
full time, over the course of one year."
Never release helium balloons
into the air. They can be the cause of the death for sea turtles and
whales. They can suffocate or starve to death. Metallic balloons can
cause power outages when they get caught in power lines.
Use cloth diapers for your
child. 18 billion disposable diapers are trashed a year. Diapers
take up 1% of America's landfills and they take 500 years to
decompose. Cotton diapers can be reused 100 times and decompose in 1
to 6 months.
As can be seen in the picture showing the
ozone layer from 1979 to 1992, the ozone a the south pole is slowly disappearing.
Purple means very low ozone levels, and red is high ozone levels.
Here are some more helpful hints:
- Along with recycling, buy products
that are recycled. By purchasing these products, you are helping to
conserve natural resources, and to protect the environment.
- Do not dump oil, grease, antifreeze,
pesticides, fertilizers, paints, cleaners, and other toxic household
products down the storm drain. They go straight into rivers, lakes,
and maybe even the ocean. By putting these toxic chemicals down the
drain, marine life may be in danger.
- Use CFC free products.
ChloroFluoroCarbons destroy the ozone layer, which protects us from
harmful UV rays.
- Carpool or walk to reduce carbon
dioxide pollution in the air.
- Instead of throwing away items such
as furniture, appliances and clothing, look for a place to donate
- Keep used paper in a stack and use
the flip side for scrap work.
- Try to buy items that are less toxic
to the environment when produced. For example, use vinegar and water
as a replacement to glass cleaner.