Ways You Can Contribute to Environmental Awareness
To be environmentally aware means that you understand the biophysical environment's fragility and its problems, and commit to making changes to our activities to protect the planet. Being environmentally friendly means reducing your impact on the environment as much as possible.
There are numerous notable environmental problems that highlight the importance of being more environmentally aware. A few of these problems are biodiversity loss, air pollution, oil drilling, deforestation, plastic goods waste, and food waste. A surprising fact about the waste of food that many may not be aware of is that when we waste food, it goes into the landfill and rots, producing methane—a greenhouse gas even more potent than carbon dioxide.
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Every year on April 22, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere, Earth Day indicates the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement of 1970. Earth Day is an international event celebrated around the world to pledge support for environmental protection. The United States organized environmental movement is represented by numerous organizations, sometimes called non-governmental organizations or NGOs. These NGOs exist on local, national, and international hierarchy. Environmental NGOs vary widely in political views and the amount they seek to influence the United States and other governments' environmental policy. Some resemble the old U.S. conservation movement - whose modern expression is The Nature Conservancy, Audubon Society, and National Geographic Society - American organizations with a worldwide influence.
The promotion of environmental awareness is an easy way to become an environmental steward and help to create a brighter future for everyone. It can be much easier to talk to others about the environment if you've already taken the time to educate yourself by staying up to date on environmental news, reading books, and other resources. Picking an environmental issue that seems the most critical to you is a good course of action that ensures your continued attention to being environmentally aware. You can start small by donating usable items to thrift stores, reducing waste at home, opting out of junk mail, washing full loads of laundry in cold water, growing plants or vegetables, conserving water, using long-lasting light bulbs, or volunteering for cleanups in your community. Other manageable changes you can try are carpooling, using public transit, biking, or walking. You will quickly discover that all environmental issues are entangled and will soon find something that sparks your interest.
Remember to follow the four "R's" to conserve natural resources and landfill space. Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! Refuse! Simply reduce what you're purchasing. Be a conscious consumer every time you make a purchase; think twice. When you're deciding whether to throw something out and buy a new one, first try to find ways to reuse or repair it. When you recycle, you are helping conserve our natural resources, preventing pollution, saving energy, and creating jobs. Refusing helps eradicate a lot of waste from the start. Say "no" to free stuff that becomes instantaneous waste. It is imperative that everyone tries to be more environmentally aware and tries to promote our planet's sustainable development; after all, it's all we have.
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