The world is in a crisis, and something needs to be done before it’s too late. For years and years, our ecosystems have been falling apart thanks to contamination from man-made pollution. This pollution has triggered a phenomenon known as climate change, and it threatens to annihilate the very existence of our planet. All the wars we’ve ever fought in the past pale in comparison to the devastation heading our way if climate change is allowed to take its course.
What is Climate Change?
Climate change is a term used to refer to unnatural transformations in the earth’s weather patterns. These transformations are extremely destructive, and they are primarily triggered by greenhouse gas emissions from cars, power plants and other man-made sources. Greenhouse gases are particularly dangerous in the long term because they act like a blanket, trapping the sun’s warmth near the earth’s surface. In turn, this affects the planet’s climate systems by causing unusual weather patterns which damage ecosystems and cause irreversible geological mutations. If climate change isn’t stopped, weather conditions will become so severe that every season will be accompanied by fatal weather events. The ultimate power to end pollution, and climate change by extension, depends on the personal initiative that ordinary citizens take to practice environmental conservation on a daily basis.
Here are a few things you can do to help stop climate change:
Recycling refers to the process of converting waste and garbage into new products rather than disposing of it in landfills, incinerators and water bodies. Other than outlawing irresponsible manufacturing practices, recycling is the most effective measure people can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that precipitate climate change.
The most beneficial way to recycle as an individual is as follows:
- Don’t just throw out garbage. Dispose of it in a categorized manner. Collect recyclable waste in separate bins and then send it to facilities that can process the waste further into new products. Every city has recycling centers that are ready and equipped to receive materials from the public. • Never dispose of electronics or potentially hazardous items in open dumpsters. Always seek out special collection events, or permanent collection centers, that cater specifically to proper disposal of sensitive materials such as: Electronics, Batteries, Used Oil, Paints, Cleaners, Pesticides, Glass, and Tires.
- Reuse Waste
Recycling is a process that demands to manufacture new items from scratch. However there are other ways that people can make use of waste without having to generate new products, and that’s through reusing. Reusing refers to the process of cleaning and refurbishing waste so as to reduce the volume of materials being channeled into garbage disposal facilities. It! may sound unsavory, but the majority of what people throw out is actually still viable for some form of daily application or another. Reusing waste helps conserve the environment by easing the burden of activity on disposal facilities and ensuring that products are consumed to their maximum possible functionality.
Simple ways to reuse include:
- Donating used items to charity. Before getting rid of clothes, vehicles, furniture, toys or other such durable items, try and find a charity or thrift store that’s willing to repurpose them in some way.
- Avoid disposable products. If you have a choice to use long-lasting consumer items, it is much more ecological to purchase such goods than ones that quickly end up in the trash. For instance, paper plates and Styrofoam cups require far more natural and financial resources to use than permanent tableware.
- Purchase goods made from recyclable materials. Creating demand for recycled products encourages manufacturers to invest more in environmental protection.
- Reducing Consumption
By far the most effortless way to make a difference in terms of being environmentally conscious is through efficient consumption of resources. Ironically, when people have ready access to a supply-chain, they tend to use goods and services neglectfully by either using too much or throwing things away gratuitously. The basic act of consuming resources efficiently is environmentally conscious because it decreases the volume of waste generated.
Practical ways to reduce consumption include:
- Use of power-save settings on electronic devices and switching them off when not operational.
- Use of energy-efficient technology.
- Going Paperless: as much as practically possible, opt to maintain digital records instead of filing all records in hardcopy.
- Performing basic repairs on items with minor damage instead of throwing them out entirely. For instance, just because an outfit loses a button doesn’t mean it’s obsolete.
- Brainstorming how to re-use plastic goods before disposing of them. Plastics can often be refurbished as containers in a variety of ways.
- Purchasing products with minimal packaging.
It’s certainly true that making your voice heard on this issue can make a statement. But it’s more important to realize that only continuous actions can make an impact. The survival of our planet depends on our daily decisions. We all need to start recycling, reusing, and reducing what we consume. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1-888-823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.