How you can help protect the Earth
Conservation of our planet, our home, shouldn't be something that needs a reminder over and over again. With an ever-increasing population, humans have caused enough harm to planet Earth, and it's high time we try to amend things lest we head toward a complete disaster. Here are a few ways every individual can contribute to protecting our planet and helping save its resources.
This is something every individual should practice now. Cut down on what you throw away; make sure to make enough use of the item before it's discarded. Sometimes we just dump something because we're bored of it, like a pair of old jeans. Recycle it into a bag or a kid's dress. Follow the three R's--reduce, reuse, and recycle--to conserve natural resources.
The more water we use, the more wastewater ends up in the ocean, harming marine life. Water is something we genuinely cannot live without. So conserving groundwater and rainwater is very important; there are many ways of collecting rainwater. Not only for our use but also to save marine life, we must make sure the water being dumped in the ocean is treated.
Again, it is something everybody knows but very few people practice. Keep a reusable cloth bag or jute bag handy for when you go shopping. Whether it's groceries, clothes or vegetables, always carry a shopping bag with you and say no to plastic bags even if the shopkeeper offers them for free. Stop using single-use plastic, they are very harmful in the long run.
Despite some renewable forms of energy like windpower, hydropower, and nuclear power, we majorly depend on fossil fuels for energy consumption. And in due process, we are rapidly using up the resources leaving barely anything for future generations. Keeping that in mind, use energy-efficient light bulbs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Also, switch off the lights and other electrical appliances when not in use.
Now, this is something we have been hearing since birth. With unending urbanization and industrialization, there's very less green space left on the planet. Trees not only provide us with food and oxygen, but they also clean the air, control air pollution, keep a check on topsoil erosion, combat climate change, among so much more. Utilize every outdoor space to grow a tree.