Let’s take responsibility and do something to save our Earth
Today (April, 22th), we celebrating the earth day. Earth Day is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in held on April 22, 1970. Earth Day is celebrated in spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. Many communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues. So what can we do to participate on this earth week?
In fact, our earth is dying. Many theory even said that our earth will not last through 2012. If we don’t do anything to save our planet, the impact based on theory maybe inevitable. So what we have to do for our earth? The answer is going green. There are little things you can do every day to help reduce greenhouse gases and make a less harmful impact on the environment. Taking care of the Earth is not just a responsibility — it’s a privilege.
What can we do to help our earth live longer?
1. Be A Vegetarian and Help Animals and Combat Climate Change. This is one of the problems that is causing global warming, you need seventeen more times more land to get the same amount of protein when you compare the livestock to soy bean, you need eight times more water to raise animals verses growing vegetables and grains and when you feed grains to animals as in America you only get back 10% of the calories and protein of livestock when you eat meat so a lot of good food is being wasted.
So this is the solution to world starvation, many people are dying, everyday children are dying because they lack food, 80-90% of all the grain grown in America is used to feed meat animals. So when you reduce meat production by 10% only, you would release enough grain to feed 60 million people just by a reduction of 10%. If people would consume only 50% they would release enough food to feed the entire developing world. So become a vegetarian and we can save the lives of so many people. We will have enough food for the whole world. Former UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim, (21 December 1918 – 14 June 2007) said, “The food consumption of the rich countries is the key cause of hunger around the world.” Let’s do whatever we can to reduce global warming.
2. Pay attention to how you use water. The little things can make a big difference. Every time you turn off the water while you’re brushing your teeth, you’re doing something good. Got a leaky toilet? You might be wasting 200 gallons of water a day. Try drinking tap water instead of bottled water, so you aren’t wasting all that packaging as well. Wash your clothes in cold water when you can.
3. Leave your car at home. If you can stay off the road just two days a week, you’ll reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,590 pounds per year. Combine your errands — hit the post office, grocery store and shoe repair place in one trip. It will save you gas and time. Walk or ride your bike to work, school and anywhere you can. You can reduce greenhouse gases while burning some calories and improving your health. If you can’t walk or bike, use mass transit or carpool. Every car not on the road makes
4. Recycle. You can help reduce pollution just by putting that soda can in a different bin. If you’re trying to choose between two products, pick the one with the least packaging. If an office building of 7,000 workersrecycled all of its office paper waste for a year, it would be the equivalent of taking almost 400 cars off the road.
5. Compost. Think about how much trash you make in a year. Reducing the amount of solid waste you produce in a year means taking up less space inlandfills, so your tax dollars can work somewhere else. Plus, compost makes a great natural fertilizer. Composting is easier than you think.
6. Change your light bulbs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) last 10 times longer than a standard bulb and use at least two-thirds less energy. If you’re shopping for new appliances or even home electronics, look for ENERGY STAR products, which have met EPA and U.S. Department of Energy guidelines for energy efficiency. In 2006, the ENERGY STAR program saved energy equivalent to taking 25 million cars off the road and saved Americans $14 billion in utility costs.
7. Make your home more energy efficient (and save money). Clean your air filters so your system doesn’t have to work overtime. Get a programmable thermostat so you aren’t wasting energy when you aren’t home. When you go to bed, reduce the thermostat setting — you won’t miss those extra degrees of heat orair conditioning while you’re asleep.
8. Maintain your car. Underinflated tires decrease fuel economy by up to three percent and lead to increased pollution and higher greenhouse gas emissions. Underinflation also increases tire wear, so it will save you money in the long run if you’re good about checking your tire pressure.
9. Drive smarter. Slow down — driving 60 miles per hour instead of 70 mph on the highway will save you up 4 miles per gallon. Accelerating and braking too hard can actually reduce your fuel economy, so take it easy on the brakes and gas pedal.
10.Turn off lights when you’re not in the room and unplug appliances when you’re not using them. It only takes a second to be environmentally conscious.
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