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How to Help Save the Earth

Rapidly diminishing resources, severe deforestation, unclean air, water crises and global warming: this is the reality our world currently faces. Pollution and environmental destruction have been growing for as long as the human race has been around, but it’s only been in recent years that we’ve really started to take a closer look at our global impact.

So how can you make a difference in the world? By reducing your carbon footprint. Check out these easy ways you can lessen your environmental impact and help save the earth.

Watch Your Water
When it comes to using water, the little things make a big difference. Pay attention to how and when you’re using water and find new ways to reduce and reuse. Simple steps like turning the water off when brushing your teeth, taking less shower time and using a front-loading washer can go a long way. And those plastic water bottles? Say good riddance! Take advantage of your own personal reusable water bottle for water and plastic conservation.

Walk the Talk
Did you know that according to the EPA, not driving your car for just two days a week can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 1,590 pounds per year? If all of us made one small step in that direction, we would definitely be looking at a healthier planet. If you can, try biking or walking when on your way to work, class or just out and about. Not only do you get some exercise in, but you’ll make the earth feel better too.

Turn the Lights Off
The burning of substances like coal and natural gas for electrical energy is the most common source of air pollution. You can help change this by reducing dependence on electricity. Take steps like shutting off equipment when not in use, closing air conditioning vents in unused rooms, washing clothes in cold water and turning the lights off whenever you leave a room. Reducing our reliance on electricity also reduces our reliance on unhealthy air pollutants.

Buy Local Goods
Buying locally makes a huge impact globally. It combats air pollution in two ways: you don’t have to travel as far to buy items, and they don’t have to travel as far to you. Staying aware about where to buy products helps make an impact on our environmental health. Try shopping at local farmer’s markets, buying online from nearby areas and checking to see where products were made. Not only do you help the earth, but you support the local community as well.

Go Green and Recycle
Making a conscious effort to produce less trash helps lessen the production of unsustainable products that will end up in landfills. Go green by using reusable grocery bags, glass containers instead of plastic, reusable dinnerware, rechargeable batteries and using online and computer resources rather than printing out paper. And most importantly, use a recyclable container at home to recycle paper, plastic, cardboard and glass.

When it comes to saving the earth, small steps make a big impact. Every person can make an effort toward reducing their carbon footprint and living a more altruistic lifestyle for the world. What kind of earth do you want to leave behind for generations to come? Make steps today and be a force for change in a healthier, happier, world.

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