Small Changes, Big Impact
Issues like global warming, massive droughts and various global ecosystem failures can sometimes be challenges far too big and too rapidly advancing to be affected. Well, turns out, one person can do a lot. And, yes, each small step like turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth, automating the thermostat, taking mass transit, etc. — is making a difference.
Every single person caring for the future of our planet counts and collectively we are making a difference. Here are the five small changes that you can put into practice today! They are simple positive changes, but they are mighty. Just remember, “small changes, big impact.”
Cut out junk mail. Just by cleaning up your junk mail, you help save trees, water and emissions, too. Over 100 million trees are cut down every year to produce our junk mail. Often, these trees come from highly sensitive forests. Deforestation contributes to both habitat loss for wildlife and global climate change.
Forego the plastic packaging. Two things: producing plastic emits massive amounts of pollution into the air and plastics are not biodegradable. When plastic is here, it’s here to stay. So, what can we do today? Let your veggies and fruits roam free by forfeiting the thin plastic bags at grocery stores. Pack reusable utensils in your lunch. Purchase a refillable water bottle and refrain from purchasing plastic water bottles. Bring your own grocery bags to the store. Stash them in your car or carry them in your bag to always be prepared.
Skip red meat once a week. To produce one pound of beef requires 2,500 gallons of water and more than seven pounds of grain. If you gave it up once a week, you would save 840 gallons of fresh water it takes to produce a single serving of beef. In addition, to raise cattle and transport the meat to the supermarket shelves puts an enormous amount of stress on the environment.
Switch out your lightbulbs. You may already know this but switching from traditional incandescent lightbulbs to compact fluorescent lightbulbs (C.F.L.) has an immediate and lasting positive effect on the environment. Make the switch today!
Be electricity efficient. When TVs, computers, cable boxes, etc. — are left on standby, they are still using about half of their running power. Every year, the energy wasted this way can be compared to that of the output of 26 power plants. So, avoid the useless drain by plugging them into a power strip and turning it off when they are not in use. Also, did you know that most cell phone chargers continue to draw electricity even when the phone isn’t plugged into it? This also applies to laptops, iPods, digital cameras and more. So, what do you say? Let’s unplug all chargers when they are not in use.
Save Water. The average faucet releases about three gallons of water a minute. So, if the faucet remains on for three minutes while you brush your teeth or wash your face, nine gallons of water has been wasted. And that’s before you’ve even had your first cup of coffee. It adds up quickly, so we should all do our part to love this planet and live for a healthier future! Small changes, big impact.
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