Programs That Help Our Environment Essay

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

“This entire planet is our home. We are the only species that systematically destroy our own habitat.”- Marianne Williamson

“One person alone cannot save the planet’s biodiversity, but each individual’s effort to encourage nature’s wealth must not be underestimated.”- United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Introduction

Pollution prevention is a major global concern because of the harmful effects of pollution on a person’s health and on the environment. Environmental pollution comes in various forms, such as: air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution, etc.

Everyone is a stakeholder as we are all inhabitants of this one and only mother earth. Each person can contribute something to advance environmental pollution mitigation measures. Environmental protection means caring for our resources and subsequently for ourselves and ensuring a sustainable future for generations to come will have a better environment.

“If we heal the earth, we heal ourselves.”Wangari Maathai

You and I should therefore accept personal responsibility for the success of the environmental protection programs of our respective community by cooperating and actively participating in making the atmosphere pollution free. Help stop pollution today. Although on an individual basis, we can help combat pollution in our own immediate environment, efficient control can be best institutionalized through legislation. Thus, most countries have already addressed the issue by passing some form of pollution prevention measures.

Also Read: Phytoremediation- Solution to Contaminated Environment

Averting the onset of pollution in any area; i.e. be it on air, water or land, could be a start and the simplest preventive solution to the problem. This calls for a conscientious effort to adopt good practices or habits by the people, the passage and the proper implementation of appropriate government laws and strict compliance especially by potential industrial pollutants.

If there are no pollutants, there will be no pollution. And yet, this is easier said than done. Certain bad habits are entrenched and industrial development somehow carries with it the concomitant burden of pollution. The cost to business and its commercial ramifications make this rather simple preventive approach quite complicated and more difficult to implement.

Everyone can help by self education and by adopting good and healthy practices. It is also important that we help raise awareness about the significance of environmental issues, their dire consequences and what can be done.

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Every action or inaction of any person in regard to her or his surroundings has an effect- be it good, neutral or bad- on the environment. Nature already provides for our needs. Whatever we do to it gets back to us. If we are friends of the earth, it will also be friendly to us. By becoming aware and doing the right action, we choose to be part of the solution. What comes to mind now to serve as reminders include the following:

  • Stop smoking or at least follow the “No Smoking” sign.
  • Use unleaded gasoline in your cars.
  • Keep your car properly maintained to keep it in good running condition to avoid smoke emissions.
  • Share a ride or engage in car pooling.
  • Instead of using your cars, choose to walk or ride a bicycle whenever possible. With this eco-friendly practice, you will also be healthier and happier by staying fit.
  • Never use open fires to dispose of wastes.
  • Adopt the 3Rs of solid waste management: reduce, reuse and recycle. Inorganic materials such as metals, glass and plastic; also organic materials like paper, can be reclaimed and recycled. This takes into account that the proven solution to the problem of proper waste management (especially in third world countries) is proper disposal (in waste bins for collection and not in the street where it could fall into drains), waste segregation and collection, and recycling.
  • Start composting brown leaves in your yard and green scraps from your kitchen. It will reduce waste while improving your yard and garden soils.
  • Reconnect with nature. Live green by using green power supplied abundantly and freely by wind and the sun. Hang your laundry to dry to minimize use of gas or electricity from your dryers. Enjoy fresh air from open windows to lessen the use of air conditioning system.
  • Patronize local foods and goods. In this manner, transporting goods and foods prepared with GMOs which uses fuel from conventional energy sources will be minimized.
  • Use eco-friendly or biodegradable materials instead of plastic which are made up of highly toxic substances injurious to your health.
  • Create your green space. Value your garden. Plant more trees and put indoor plants in your homes. They clean the air, provide oxygen and beautify your surroundings. Thus, care for them and by protecting them, especially the big trees around and in the forest, you protect yourself and your family, too.
  • Have a proper waste disposal system especially for toxic wastes
  • Take very good care of your pets and their wastes.
  • Never throw, run or drain or dispose into the water, air, or land any substance in solid, liquid or gaseous form that shall cause pollution.
  • Do not cause loud noises and unwanted sounds to avoid noise pollution.
  • Do not litter in public places. Anti-litter campaigns can educate the populace.
  • Industries should use fuel with lower sulphur content.
  • Industries should monitor their air emissions regularly and take measures to ensure compliance with the prescribed emission standards.
  • Industries should strictly follow applicable government regulations on pollution control.
  • Organic waste should be dumped in places far from residential areas.
  • Say a big “NO” to GMOs or genetically modified organisms. Genetically engineered crops are not only bad for the environment since they require massive amount of fungicides, pesticides, and herbicides; but GMO altered foods are also health risks and negatively impact farmers’ livelihood.

Conclusion

Breathing is life. We know that we will survive without food for several weeks and without water for few days, but without oxygen, we will die in a matter of minutes. The oxygen, the air we breathe sustains us. So, let us make today and everyday a good day for everyone. Allow the earth to have more clean air. Help control pollution.

Earth eventually had an atmosphere incompatible with life. Nevertheless, life on earth took care of itself. In the thinking of the human being a hundred years is a long time. A hundred years ago we didn’t have cars, airplanes, computers or vaccines. It was a whole different world, but to the earth, a hundred years is nothing. A million years is nothing. This planet lives and breathes on a much vaster scale. We can’t imagine its slow and powerful rhythms, and we haven’t got the humility to try. We’ve been residents here for the blink of an eye. If we are gone tomorrow, the earth will not miss us.

We must help fight Global Warming by doing the following steps:

  1. Plant more trees
  2. Don’t waste water
  3. Use cloth bag and don’t burn plastic

Also Read: Importance of National Ambient Air Quality Standards

Author

Mr. Laxmi Prasad Boda is a B.com (Hons) third year student in the Indian Institute of Management and Commerce (IIMC), Hyderabad, India. He can be contacted at laxmiprasad330[at]gmail[dot]com.

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There are many simple things you can do to help save planet Earth!

With the support of your friends and family, team together and use the list below to create your own team of Earth Heroes!


#1 – Slow Down Climate Change!

The Problem: The quick increase in Earth’s temperature is causing lots of problems for plants, animals, humans and the environment

Your Mission:

  1. Ask Your Parents To Help You Plant A Tree. Trees and plants help to absorb the carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere.

  2. Ask Your Family To Start Driving Your Car Less. There are many ways to get around that don’t involve driving! Walk, ride your bike or take the bus to where you need to go! Carpooling is also a great way to get around and gives you extra time to spend with your friends and family!

  3. Tell Your Family about www.epost.ca. This saves trees by having your family’s bills emailed to you instead of coming in the mail on paper! Let’s keep as many trees as possible standing to soak up the carbon dioxide!

#2 – Save Earth’s Natural Resources!

The Problem: As our human population grows, so do our demands on the Earth to help us live with light, water, heat and food! The Earth can only reproduce these things so fast and if we don’t work hard together we could run out!

Your Mission:

  1. Ask Your Family To Use Less Heat and Air Conditioning. Heating our homes in the winter and cooling them off in the summer takes a lot of energy, which is very hard on planet Earth. Dress for the weather! Instead of turning on the fireplace, put on a sweater or use a blanket to keep warm!

  2. Save Electricity. To help save the environment there are many easy ways to use less electricity. The simplest thing is to remember to turn the lights off when you leave a room! Also, unplugging the toaster or any other small machine after you use it saves a lot of energy through the day. Even if you’re not using it, leaving something plugged in takes up energy from the Earth!

  3. Save Water. Something as simple as turning off the water while brushing your teeth makes a HUGE difference for Planet Earth. Doing this one thing helps you save up to 25 gallons of water each month! You can also shorten your shower by a minute to save up to 150 gallons of water a month! By just doing those two things you are doing a huge part to save Earth! Another great way to save water is by turning off the running water while you lather your hands with soap and then turn it back on to rinse your hands. And make sure to tighten any taps that are dripping water!

#3 – Stop Using Plastic!

The Problem: Plastic wraps, containers and water bottles are polluting our oceans and land and it’s causing harm to humans, animals and plants all around the world!

Your Mission:

  1. Get Re-usable Water Bottles For Yourself and Your Family. There are so many cool water bottles available that you can use over and over again to help reduce plastic pollution. This can be as simple as saving the plastic water bottle from your lunch yesterday, cleaning it and re-using it tomorrow! If you have to get rid of a plastic water bottle, remember to recycle it!

  2. Bring Re-usable Bags To The Grocery Store. Remind your parents to bring bags from home to the grocery store! You can buy cloth bags from the grocery store or re-use the plastic ones you have at home. Also, when buying fruits and vegetables be careful of using too much plastic – save where you can! Maybe that avocado doesn’t need to go in a plastic bag …

  3. Recycle Any Plastic Bottles and Bags You Have At Home. Do your part to keep plastic out of the oceans and off of the land by recycling all the plastic in your home!

  4. Bring Homemade Lunches To School. Instead of bringing plastic-wrapped “lunchables” to school, pack a healthy homemade lunch in a reusable Tupperware container. This keeps that plastic wrap & packaging out of the garbage cans!

#4 – Reduce, Re-Use & Recycle!

The Problem: The human population is growing so fast and so is the amount of things we use and throw away every day! The Earth can’t keep up with all of our garbage, so we have to start thinking of ways to reduce, re-use and recycle what we use.

Your Mission:

  1. Ask Your Parents To Help You Create A Recycling Program At Home. Work together with your family to decide what items can be recycled, such as newspaper, cans, glass and plastic bottles. Ask your parents to look into the recycling rules in your city and keep as much out of your garbage cans as possible! As yourself before you recycle something – Can I Re-Use This?

  2. Recycle Old Batteries and Electronics. Have your parents help you find the place in your neighborhood to recycle your old batteries and electronics that you don’t need anymore (televisions, computers, etc). Do your part to keep these harmful products out of oceans and off of the land!

  3. Start A School Recycling Program. Talk to the teachers and principle at your school to organize a school recycling program that you can all participate in to save planet Earth!

  4. Start A Compost At Your House. Ask your parents to help you start a compost system in your backyard for all your fruits and vegetable peelings and scraps. Composting is very good for the land because it is full of nutrients! You can also use the compost to fertilize your own garden!

#5 – Respect Planet Earth!

The Problem: Planet Earth gives us everything we need to live a happy, healthy life … but sometimes we don’t know how to say thank you for everything Earth gives us. We need to do what we can to show planet Earth we are grateful for what we have!

Your Mission:

  1. Spend Time In Nature. Instead of watching TV tonight or playing indoors … why not go outside and play? There are many great things that you can do outside like playing a sport, taking your dog for a walk, going to the beach or planning an outdoor game (Waterfight!) with the neighborhood kids. Not only will the Earth love you being outside but you’ll feel great playing out in the fresh air!

  2. Keep Your School and Neighborhood Free of Garbage. The more we keep our Earth clean the happier it will be. Do your part by making sure you don’t leave your garbage lying around … put it in the recycling or garbage where it belongs. If you want to do a huge thing for Planet Earth plan a garbage pick-up at your school and involve all your family and friends to clean up the area where you play!

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