In our fast-paced lives, many of us are surviving, and not quite thriving. This isn’t good on so many levels – not good for our health, our minds, our families – but have you ever thought about how this also severely impacts our environment?
Our guest writer, Audrey Taylor talks to us about how we all can make a change in our behaviours that can truly help make a difference to our beautiful, yet fragile environment.
We all know what’s going on with our planet, but most of us look the other way when it comes to truly changing our behaviours… and with world pollution, we also refuse to see the harming effects it has on our health. On the other hand, over the years people have become more environmentally conscious, but only to some degree.
Many people WANT to help the environment but don’t think they have the time or money.
The destruction of the planet seems so vast that we think it’s too late to make an impact – to create change, especially as individuals. The truth is quite the opposite. There is a lot we can do to help our environment and it simply starts with making a simple change in the way we think.Helping our environment starts with a simple change in the way we think #earthday #environment #ReduceReuseRecycle Click To Tweet
Let’s look at our routines from a greener point of view:
Cruising Around Town
By cruising we don’t simply mean going with your friends for a ride on a Saturday night (although that is one of the most unnecessary ways to increase pollution). Today people are cruising on an everyday basis.
The rhythm of life has become so fast due to numerous everyday obligations that it seems impossible to make it through the day without at least five car rides. If you really look at the facts about car pollution you’ll start to think about the alternatives – and if we’re gonna be honest, there are plenty of them.
If you want to keep this ‘cruising’ luxury and you have the budget to afford it, you can simply choose from one of the eco-friendly cars out there.
If that is a too much of an investment and you don’t want to give up driving, another option is to car share. Perhaps one colleague can pick up the other three on the way to work or you can find friends/neighbours with similar weekly or monthly errands? You can also car share through some of the top car sharing & carpooling companies.
And of course, there is public transportation! You may think that taking the bus is not your thing (germs, dirt, crowds), BUT here’s the important question: Are these concerns really that important, in comparison to reducing greenhouse gases and conserving energy? (Which in return affects the future of our health, our families and the earth as we know it).
Another way of to reduce our driving is to work from home and shop online – if you’re in a position to be able to do that. The goal (of course) is not to shut yourself in your home 24/7, as our health is in a similar state as our planet’s climate. So, taking a walk from time to time couldn’t hurt! If you need something faster a bicycle is always an option and the perfect exercise with many benefits.
Wrapped Up In Plastic
It’s really scary how far away we’ve gotten from nature. When you look at today’s modern home, there are very few natural materials inside. Wood is expensive and it should be! Trees are dying every time we toss paper in the trash, after writing on only one side.
The main way plastic gets inside our homes…
Every time we, as consumers, pick up a coffee to go or use plastic bags from the store – this has plastic. You may think that coffee cups can be recycled, but this is false. There is a thin lining of plastic inside every cup to prevent the cup from going soggy.You may think that coffee cups can be recycled, but this is false. There is a thin lining of plastic inside every cup to prevent the cup from going soggy. #Gogreen instead. #earthday #environment #ReduceReuseRecycle Click To Tweet
The problem: The plastic clutter that we bring into our home, doesn’t remain there. It ends up on the landfill and in our waterways, harming and even killing our wildlife 🙁
How to make the change? Use a bamboo cup for the caffeine obsession and a couple of canvas bags strong enough for all your groceries. If you forget the cup and bags, then please recycle.
You Are What You (Don’t) Eat
You should be aware that not only plastic things are a dangerous waste. The fact that organic food is healthy doesn’t mean that its waste doesn’t have consequences. As we know, there are nearly 1 billion hungry people in the world, every time you throw away food it usually ends up in landfills and in the end turns into methane, which is a highly destructive greenhouse gas.
How to Solve? Shop no more than you need and checking the expiration date prevents food from spoiling. You could also start growing your own food in order to appreciate the value that food brings. An important message for kids too!
These are just a few simple changes you can make in your daily routine that can help the environment. Just being aware of mother nature and understanding that our actions do matter when it comes to the impact on our environment.
One man alone maybe can’t make a revolutionary change, BUT he can set an example.Be aware of mother nature and understand that our actions do matter when it comes to the impact on our #environment. #gogreen #ReduceReuseRecycle #earthday Click To Tweet
What do you think? Could you be doing more to help our environment? What changes do you plan on making to set a good example?
Let us know in the comments below…
About Audrey Taylor:
Audrey was born in San Francisco and moved to Adelaide, Australia at the age of five. Marketer researcher and social media manager on hold, full – time mommy of a cheerful two-year-old. Graduated from Queensford college, worked in a couple of marketing agencies across Australia and is eager to learn more about business and share her experiences. Her hobbies include home decor, fashion, travel, music, old movies. Follow Audrey on Twitter.
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