How the Youth can Play an Important Role
in Protecting the Environment
“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children.”
This very thoughtful quote makes us wonder are we doing better for this world than we found it in. Our daily life is full of habits and activities that we mindlessly practice but are unaware of their harmful impacts on mother nature.
Let's explore these activities and ensure that we take decisive steps to protect our environment
The first step that you need to take for a cleaner environment is raising awareness about the daily activities that we do without knowing their harmful effects on the environment. You should take every step to ensure that the people around you are alert about the detrimental effects of using plastic bags and other non-recyclable products. But how to do this?
Reading and sharing articles from authorized sources related to environmental health is the best way to increase your knowledge and those around you. Arranging peaceful walks with posters of world earth day quotes that are motivating and inspiring to contribute your part in making this planet better than you received it.
Environmental Risks Of Doing Laundry
There are quite a few things that can match the satisfaction one feels from the smell of freshly laundered clothes. But it has underlining repercussions, which must be considered thoroughly. This house chore involves the use of laundry soaps, detergents, and fabric softeners. These products are choked with chemicals that are harmful to the environment.
Phosphate-rich detergents, when reach the water sources, can create algae that prevent the depletion of oxygens and sunlight to the aquatic life. These products are also full of chlorine which, when combines with other minerals, tend to form hazardous toxins that are life-threatening for water organisms.
Using Non-recyclable Plastic
From your morning coffee to late-night pizza cravings, every small task includes plastic content to some extent. This excessive use of plastic is extremely harmful to the environment. Many items like disposable coffee mugs, shopping bags, and plastic straws cannot be recycled.
Because of its inability to degrade naturally and the capacity to live for decades, plastic is the leading environmental pollutant in today's time. Among many powerful reasons to ban plastic bags, a significant one is that they are made from non-renewable energy resources. Since they cannot be recycled, more plastic items will require more energy, leaving a harmful impact on nature.
Washing Your Face
No, you don't have to stop washing the face to save the environment. Instead, you only need to be careful about the products that you are using. Many face washes include plastic micro-beads for exfoliating the skin. These are so tiny that they cannot be detected by sewage treatment plants and seep into the main water sources like lakes, rivers, and seas.
These beads, when swallowed by marine life, wreak havoc on them. Poisoning the organs and damaging gills is often seen as a result of this. So, being responsible humans, we must avoid using products that are harmful to other organisms.
Many states in the USA, including California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, and New Jersey, have already imposed a ban on microbeads.
Electric Appliances Switched-On Overnight
It might seem like a small change, but it fits the equation of protecting mother nature when considering it on a worldwide scale. Charging electronic gadgets and keeping the lights switched on overnight are tasks that need your attention now more than ever. These should be avoided at all costs because of the excessive energy wastage they do.
Not all countries produce electricity from renewable sources like wind and sunlight. Many of them are still using non-renewable sources to produce energy. If such habits keep wasting energy, then more non-renewable sources will be depleted, causing more imbalance in nature.
So, make sure that even if you leave the room for few minutes, all the electric appliances are switched off, and no gadget is plugged in for charging throughout the night.
Paper And Deforestation
Look around, and you will be able to see a few or many paper products.It is abundantly used in our daily life activities. From newspapers, magazines to books and greeting cards, all these require paper. But where does this paper come from? Trees are the primary source.
These trees, when cut down, cause deforestation, which eventually leads to land sliding, flooding, and other natural hazards to be more disastrous than they actually are. Not only this, but chopping trees also decreases the amount of oxygen in the environment and depletes the ozone layer around the Earth. Climate change is a huge concern originating from fast-spreading deforestation.
Minimizing the use of paper and planting trees are a few of many things that you can do to save the Earth.
We are often unaware of the adverse effects of our daily life activities, and there is no quick fix for the damage done. But you can ensure that on a personal level, you will do everything in your power to protect the only home we have, Earth. Avoiding paper, plastic, and chemical detergents are a few of the basic steps that you can take towards a better future for the next generations to come.
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