Here are a few simple things that we can do today in order to make an attempt to help save our environment and, in turn, our planet. (And I hope that we will continue to follow most, if not all, of these points and make it a part of our daily routine.):
1. Conserve energy as much as possible
- Turn off lights when leaving your house/classroom/office
- Turn off TV, computers, radios, fans, and other appliances when not in use. And even if you must use them, especially computers and TV, try to limit its use as much as possible today.
- Refrain from using dishwashers. But if you have to absolutely use it, Make sure your dishwasher is full when you run it and use the energy saving setting, if available, to allow the dishes to air dry. You can also turn off the drying cycle manually. Not using heat in the drying cycle can save 20 percent of your dishwasher’s total electricity use.
- (I know most of us love to drive and prefer it as our *only* means of transportation, ‘cause I know I do!) But, whenever possible, walk, bike, car pool, or use mass transit. Every gallon of gasoline you save avoids 22 pounds of CO2 emissions. If your car gets 25 miles per gallon, for example, and you reduce your annual driving from 12,000 to 10,000 miles, you’ll save 1800 pounds of CO2.
- Ensure water taps are fully turned off, after its use.
If you’re at school or at the office, make sure that the following items go into your blue recycling bins:
- All white and colour paper
- Pop cans
- Envelopes(with or without plastic window)
- Damaged file folders
Also, if you have to print, make sure you print on recycled paper and, by all means, avoid printing single-sided. If you must print, please print double-sided.
3. Reduce personal waste
- Avoid using plastic or paper cups, spoons, forks, etc. It is just better to bring your own plate or coffee mug from home.
- Bring a litterless lunch
Let’s show Mother Earth that we are capable of making a difference, and if it takes Earth Day for us to begin it, then let’s aim to continue this trend to build a better future for ourselves and for the generations ahead!