Helping the Environment in 2018: What Can You Truly do as an Individual

Climate change is real, no matter if Trump administration would admit it or not. The fact is that the world has never been as polluted as it is today and it’s changing the very way our planet functions. From extinction of some animal species to greenhouse gas – the impact humans are having on nature is immense. While it’s unlikely that a single person can change anything, it’s vital that every single one of us does what’s in their power to reduce pollution and help the environment. Here are some of the tips you can implement in your everyday life in order to slow down the rapid destruction of our home planet.

Helping the Environment in 2018: What Can You Truly do as an Individual

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Drive Less

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The last decade has seen a decrease in the number of people that are driving, instead opting for alternatives such as public commuting, biking, and walking. This is nowhere near enough though, as cars are one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas. While it’s true that everyone needs to drive from time to time for longer distances, it’s also a fact that most people could cycle to work every day instead of driving. There are multiple ways you can at least reduce how often you use your care, some of which are:

● Public Transportation – The math is clear, if a hundred people use the same vehicle instead of each of them driving it significantly reduces the amount of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere.

● Carpooling – This is another trend that’s becoming more powerful. Share a ride to work every day with someone and you’ll all be contributing to safer environment.

Cycling – This is one of the most environment-friendly ways you can commute to work, especially if your office is equipped with a shower and a bike parking.

Don’t Waste Food

Believe it or not, an average American household wastes about 40% of all food that they buy. We all know how many people in the US are struggling with weight-related issues, yet we rarely get to hear just how much food is wasted. The amount of food waste produced in the world each year could be enough to feed about 1 billion hungry people, most of which are in Africa and Asia. To add salt to the wound, not only is food waste turned into a greenhouse gas (methane) once it reaches the landfill - but wasting resources that went into the production of that food also contributes to global pollution.Source: unsplash.com

Believe it or not, an average American household wastes about 40% of all food that they buy. We all know how many people in the US are struggling with weight-related issues, yet we rarely get to hear just how much food is wasted. The amount of food waste produced in the world each year could be enough to feed about 1 billion hungry people, most of which are in Africa and Asia. To add salt to the wound, not only is food waste turned into a greenhouse gas (methane) once it reaches the landfill – but wasting resources that went into the production of that food also contributes to global pollution.

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This is why it’s important to stop wasting food, which won’t only go a long way helping the planet, but it will also save you quite a few dollars when it all adds up.

Plant Trees

Trees are absolutely vital for us to survive on this planet. Not only do they create oxygen, but they also clean the air and provide the much necessary protection to wildlife. Trees are also in charge of preventing soil erosion, a problem we see more often now that in parts of the world that are often hit by floods. Planting a tree isn't difficult nor expensiveSource: pexels.com

Trees are absolutely vital for us to survive on this planet. Not only do they create oxygen, but they also clean the air and provide the much necessary protection to wildlife. Trees are also in charge of preventing soil erosion, a problem we see more often now that in parts of the world that are often hit by floods. Planting a tree isn’t difficult nor expensive and it can even contribute to increasing value of your property. Another reason to plant trees in your front yard is to have your house protected from the street noise as well as the dirt that may come your way from the street.

Reduce Energy Consumption

Besides wasting food, human society is also very used to wasting a lot of energy – which can have a great impact on the environment. You can reduce energy consumption in your home by using smart power strips in order to cut the energy consumption of appliances on standby.

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Another way is to use LED bulbs instead of the old bulbs or you can use window awnings to cut the air-conditioning usage. All in all, by spending less energy you’ll both help the environment and save a couple of dollars while doing it.

Bottom Line

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Humanity is currently at the crossroads. We’ll either significantly change the way we live or we’ll face extreme consequences in the future. Global warming isn’t only going to affect the temperature on our planet, it’ll also bring floods and cause entire species to migrate. The sooner we realize just how damaging our presence has been on this planet the better for us. Implementing these tips doesn’t have to be difficult for you – as long as you’re willing to try you’ll find enjoyment in going green.

Written by greenlivingguy

The Green Living Guy, Seth Leitman is a green living expert, celebrity and Editor of the McGraw-Hill, TAB Green Guru Guides. Seth is also an Author, Radio Host, Reporter, Writer and a Environmental Consultant on green living. The Green Living Guy writes about green living, green lighting, the green guru guides and more. Seth's books range from: # Build Your Own Electric Vehicle by Bob Brant and Seth Leitman (2nd and 3rd editions) # Build Your Own Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle by Seth Leitman # Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle by Carl Vogel # Green Lighting by Seth Leitman, Brian Clark Howard and Bill Brinsky # Solar Power For Your Home by David Findley # Renewable Energies For Your Home by Russel Gehrke # Do-it-Yourself Home Energy Audits by David Findley # Build Your Own Small Wind Power System by Brian Clark Howard and Kevin Shea # and more green living books to follow.