How to Do Your Part to Support Environmental Protection



How to Do Your Part to Support Environmental Protection

Saving and protecting the environment is not something that can be done fast but requires several years of pain-staking efforts to do so. Unfortunately, it takes very little time to ruin the efforts made. There is no age group or segment of the population that is significantly responsible, everyone’s effort counts.

Here are some ways to get started, for those who are not contributing already:

  1. Attending Environment Classes: A lot of information is present on the Internet, but not all its sinks in unless an individual is present among experienced persons who are similarly motivated. Classes centered on different environmental and social issues teach students about changes and development in the current world. Such classes often make students aware about how resources are being wasted and how it can be avoided.
  2. Print as Little as Possible: Teachers always wanted us to have printed handouts for the subjects they taught earlier, but this is not a very feasible idea in today’s times. The digital space provides many alternate options, and using paper leads to further felling of trees. Instead, teachers are advised to bring either laptops or e-readers into their classes. All readings can easily be downloaded and seen from there. Yet another alternative is to print both sides of a paper.
  3. Get Reusable Bags: Plastic bags used for grocery end up on landfills and thereby pollute the environment greatly. The bags take a long to decompose and suffocate the animals that think it’s food. Instead, it is a better idea to carry reusable bags to shop for clothes, food, cosmetics, and other products. Certain stores even give discounts on products for using reusable bags. In case of someone forgetting the bag at home, it is always a good idea to purchase one at the store since it is not expensive. Also remember to keep a few reusable bags in the car so they are not forgotten while on the way to the stores.
  4. Keeping Reusable Beverage Containers: Buy a reusable bulk container for beverages instead of buying them individually. Buying a bulk container will help save money, and the effort will protect the planet a bit more. Several restaurants also offer bulk containers, and it is a good idea to purchase one of these. Places like Starbucks, Aldi, some Stop & Shops, etc. offers small discounts to those who use reusable containers for their products.
  5. Conserve Electricity: Instead of the regular bulbs, it is a better idea to use energy efficient LED bulbs which consume less electricity than the regular bulbs. They also last longer than the regular bulbs which also helps to save money in the long run. For a student, every little bit saved is a blessing in disguise. In the case of a room, individuals must remember to switch off lights, fans, TVs, and other appliances when they leave the area. The same logic can be applied to air conditioning, which must be turned off when it’s not needed. Opening windows during fall or spring may be a good idea for ventilation.
  6. Carpool: The most obvious benefit is that they help save fuel, while conserving the environment is carpooling or using the various apps, like Uber or Lyft, to help get you from point A to point B.

It is never too late to make efforts towards environment preservation. For Volunteering opportunities go to https://volunteer.appalachiantrail.org/s/volunteer-project-search for more information.