Four ways you can help your planet

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Are all the reports regarding climate change or the deteriorating environment disturbing you? Do you want to play a part in saving the Earth?

Headlines these days are flooded with bad news about global warming, dying oceans, melting glaciers and endangered animals. Frankly speaking, the situation is quite alarming and we are more affected with it than we thought. While most of us think that one person’s actions might not make any difference, the truth is that it all begins with one person and there are actually many ways you can help.

Here are a few suggestions on how you can play your part for Mother Earth.

Conserve water at home

Water wastage is one of the biggest ways humans affect the health of the planet. Taking measures to use less water is something you can start doing right away.

Here’s how you can save water:

  • Check and fix any water leaks – a leaky spout can waste a lot of water.
  • Don’t wash dishes with the water running continuously. Use a method that requires less water to get the dishes clean.
  • Turn off the washing machine’s water supply to prevent leaks. It doesn’t need to be on all the time.
  • Don’t use too much water to water your lawn – instead, use water used elsewhere to water the lawn.
  • Don’t leave the tap running while you brush your teeth.

Avoid plastics

  • Carry a reusable shopping bag with you in the car, in your bag all the time and use it when needed.
  • Use food containers instead of plastic bags to get food from the market.
  • Stop buying plastic water bottles. Use refillable glass water bottles.

For more ways on how you can reduce plastic in your life, watch this video.

Plant trees and don’t cut them

Trees are an integral part of the ecosystem. Trees not only protect the land but the water and air, too. Plus they provide shade to your homes in the long, hot summer. If you have room in your yard, consider planting a few trees.

Use fewer chemicals

Chemicals used to wash our bodies, homes, cars and everything else get washed down the drain or absorbed in the grass, and eventually, end up in the water supply. Chemicals are doing real damage to waterways and aquatic life. The chemicals aren’t good for humans, either, so do your best to use fewer chemicals.

  • Use organic products like organic soap, shampoo etc.
  • Learn about alternatives to household cleaning items that do not use hazardous chemicals. For example, using a solution of 1/2 white vinegar and 1/2 waterworks as well as most commercial cleaners for basic cleaning jobs. Baking soda and salt are cheap, non-toxic cleansers, but should be used in moderation.
  • Instead of using pesticides and herbicides, find natural ways to get rid of weeds and pests.
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