Many people around the world are now concerned about the growing problem of environmental damage. How can individuals help to stave off these problems?
With the growing problem of climate change comes a call for every person to take action against damage to the environment. This action can take three main forms: avoiding the use of a private car, recycling of household products, and saving energy.
Scientists and politicians agree that carbon dioxide emissions are the main cause of climate change. Each person can play a part by reducing their use of a private car. Many of us make unnecessary trips in our car to get to work, go shopping, or to visit a friend that lives locally. Where possible, individuals should take public transport to work or carpool with colleagues. Additionally, they could walk or ride a bicycle, which not only reduces CO2 emissions but improves one's health as well.
Individuals can also contribute to lessening environmental damage by recycling household goods. It has become easy to recycle glass, plastic and paper in the home. In my city, the local council provides a special bin for these used products. There are other ways to recycle as well. For example, don’t throw paper out, use the other side as well. Even mobile phones can be recycled to prevent unnecessary manufacturing.
A final way that every person can be involved in reducing environmental damage is by saving energy in the home. A few of these measures are turning off appliances and computers when they are not in use, turning off light switches when no one is in the room, choosing low voltage products when buying electrical items, and designing more sustainable homes to live in, such as installing solar panels.
The ways that each person can take action to protect against environmental damage are endless. This essay has highlighted a few measures which will not only help to prevent further harm to our planet, but also ease our conscience.