What ways can you save the Earth in your own little way?
We are supporters of things that make this world a HAPIer place. And what else makes the world HAPIer more than people adapting ways to help sustain it? With the Earth Day and Arbor day in April just past, we right now have the health of the environment in mind more than any other time in the year. But why not get this going every single day? By starting small, we can surely make Earth-friendly habits stick and create impact in a much bigger way.
Here are little things you can do to help out:
1. Walk. And walk some more.
Cars are top contributors of greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse gas traps heat in our atmosphere, consequently threatening the global climate. By leaving your car at home and choosing to walk instead of driving, you’re helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions you yourself contribute to the 30 billion metric tons of CO2 human activity emits yearly [Scientific American].
And as research suggests, around 10,000 steps per day is essential to keep you fit. An average person walks around 5,000 to 7,000 steps per day [Sports Medicine] ; this is only by keeping to our usual routine. But by walking or taking your bicycle instead of your car to places nearby, you are bound to double the number on your activity tracker without having to make a conscious effort.
Also the steady rhythm of walking tends to beat the stress levels of being stuck in a traffic jam. Less stress, good for the environment; great for your health!
2. If you must travel far, consider public transportation or carpooling.
This is simply because more people sharing the same transportation reduces the cars that travel the road minimizing adverse environmental impact of fossil fuel driven transportation.
3. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Plan it and really do it.
Why is this important? An average person produces 4.5 pounds of solid waste a day [EPA].
Aside from the energy and the resources that are used to transport all that fulfill our daily consumption, the same goes for taking care of the things that we throw out. In addition, landfills produce considerable methane gas that contributes further to global warming.
Taking measures as having a recycling bin in your house, as well as composting, will do a lot to reduce your own household wastes. In addition, simple tricks as taking your own reusable grocery bag instead of opting for paper bags, asking to not include plastic cutlery from fast food delivery when dining at home (or wherever your own cutlery is available), would reduce the clutter and save you things you’ll just use once and then throw away.
4. Plant trees.
Just a funny thought: If WiFi signals came out of trees, surely we’d be planting more trees, right? Why not then have the same attitude for things as essential as the air we breathe?
Among the other benefits of trees to our existence, two mature trees can produce enough oxygen for a family of four in its lifetime [SAT]. You can make the choice to plant a tree in our own backyard or browse local town or city events for some tree planting activities you can participate in to create a bigger impact. It’s just half a day of your time and it would be perennially worth it.
5. Do resource saving tips around the house.
Leaky faucet? One constant drip in your sink can waste 75 liters of water a week. Keeping your faucets in tip-top shape can make keep you from this unnecessary wastage. You can also install a clothesline outdoors to help you save up on energy used for laundry at home during hot summer months. You can also program your television, computer and other household appliances to automatically turn off when not in use. Also, unplugging appliances, instead of simply turning them off further minimize the energy consumed in your household and decrease the money you spend regularly on electricity.
We strive to improve to take care of our own health and HAPIness. We can find little but surefire ways to take care of both our own health and the environment. In doing so, we don’t only get to do something good for ourselves but also for every other person in the planet. Now that’s HAPI!
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