It's World Environment Day! 6 Small Actions Your Can Take To Help Our Planet

Happy World Environment Day! This year's theme is: 7 Billion People, Consume With Care.

World Environment Day is the opportunity for everyone to realize the responsibility to care for the Earth and to become agents of change. The well-being of Earth as a whole, humanity and our economies, depend on us managing our planet's natural resources responsibly.  People are consuming natural resources far beyond what the planet can sustainably provide. Many of the Earth’s ecosystems are nearing critical points of depletion or irreversible change because of issues like our planet's high population and economic development. Earth's population is expected to reach 9.6 by 2050. The U.N. reports that at the current rate of population growth coupled with consumption patterns, humankind will need three planets to sustain itself by the year 2050.

The health of our future is scary and the task of moving towards a sustainable future is daunting, but there are small action we can all take on personal levels that will help the planet as a whole in a big way! Here are 6 small actions you can take.....

1. Ditch your car for two days

By avoiding your car for two days a week, you can individually reduce greenhouse emissions by approximitely 1,590 pounds per year. Imagine if just half the population did this!
-Walk or ride your bike instead.
-Simply carpool to work once during the week then carpool with friends to the beach on the weekend. -Skip the car altogether and walk to the dry cleaner, the drugstore and to lunch instead.
-Consider combining your errands into one day and leave your car at home the next.

2. Be water conscious

-Use your dishwasher instead of hand washing dishes. Believe it or not, it takes much less water to run a dishwasher. Just make sure that it is full before running it!
-Cut 5 minutes off of your shower time, which will save around 20 gallons of water in one go!
-Turn the water off while you brush your teeth- I know, it's old news, but you'd be surprised how many people don't.
-You can go one step further by setting aside water you have used to cook with (boiling vegetables or pasta maybe) and using it to water your plants, instead of just pouring it down the sink.
-Take your car to car wash, which actually uses less water than it would be you to wash it using a hose. If you need to wash it yourself, use a sponge and a bucket of water instead of letting the hose run.

3. Consider "Meatless Mondays"

By not eating meat for just one day a week, you (as one person!) can save 84,000 gallons of water, 245 pounds of grain used for feed for livestock, 7,700 square feet of rainforest, 15.5 gallons of gasoline and a lot of animals, EVERY YEAR! It's also just much better for your health!

4. Think about paper

-Use recycled paper- that includes writing and printing paper, toilet paper, napkins and paper towels. Recycled paper takes 75% less air pollution and 35% less water pollution to make.
-Go "paperless"! Billions of pieces of mail are thrown away each year, wreaking havoc on the environment. Call your insurance, credit card and other companies who send you bills the mail and ask them to stop. Simple view your bills online instead.
-Ask companies that send you junk mail, including credit card offers and magazines/catalogues, to stop! will actually do the work for you. Simply sign up and they will ensure that you stop receiving mail that you don't want.

5. Avoid disposable items

-Avoid using things that you use once and throw away.
-Buy rechargeable batteries instead of regular ones that you throw out when they're dead. Not only do battles take up landfill space because they cannot be incinerated, but they also leak harmful chemicals in the environment.
-Don't use things like plastic coffee stirrers at home or when you're out at the coffee shop. How wasteful to use something for 2 seconds then throw it in the garbage.
-Use reusable grocery bags and water bottles! Plastic take 100 years to decompose in the environment and  also releases harmful fossil fuels and toxins into the air during production.

6. Don't use pesticides

...or herbicides or manmade fertilizer in your yard. These chemicals kills thousands of birds and other animals and millions of bees every year!

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