This list-based article is going to be one giant of an exercise to help you save the world and help reduce the possibility of more natural and environmental disasters from occurring in the future. The fact that the earth is over-heating as we speak is frightening enough. Climate change, global warming, air pollution, water pollution, overfishing, ozone layer depletion, overpopulation, habitat loss, land degradation, ocean acidification have taken a toll on the environment, and big and huge environmental disaster is awaiting us.
But there’s nothing intimidating about this long list of forty-five ways to save mother earth and prevent another natural environmental disaster from happening in your neighborhood or region.
Please do not print this out. Simply label it clearly and store it in your laptop’s folder created for this very purpose; a randomized checklist to help you save the environment. There are no challenges for you here because most of the ideas are easy enough to put in place, right in your very own home, and the big thing is that most of them won’t even require you to shell out an extra penny. Seek inspiration from it and then spread the word on what you discovered today.
If each one of us takes a small initiative and makes a small change, together, we can save this world from a big environmental disaster.
Let’s have a look at 45 ways you can help save the world and prevent environmental disasters.
1. Do House Cleaning by Hand– You use up the same amount of time when you use a broom as you do a vacuum cleaner. While saving on energy, you also improve your own health. And mechanized devices are not as accurate as your own naked eye.
2. Have Regular Maintenance Done on all Appliances– Doing this helps to drive down energy use and the costs associated with later repairs and/or replacements. It also helps reduce the carbon footprint.
3. Clean Dishes quickly– This way, you are more efficient and use less water than is necessary.
4. Make sure that Dishwasher is full– By under-utilizing your dishwasher, you waste energy.
5. Make sure that Washing Machine is full– See Make sure that Dishwasher is full. Also, try to use less clothes than is really necessary.
6. Become Resourceful– Make yourself as alert as possible to all things that you use and consume at home and in your daily life. Instill in yourself a vigilant disposition and a disciplined determination to make the necessary changes required.
7. Become Conservation-wise– It begins in the home and are practical and easily applied. Not even a modicum of discipline is required to simply remind yourself to switch off lights not being used and brush your teeth without the tap water running.
8. Plant more Trees– As vital green lungs across the planet and including in our cities, towns and around our homes, these are all necessary for our survival. They provide us with vital oxygen and help purify our polluted air.
9. Install more Indoor Plants in your home– Indoor plants are effective and natural arbiters towards purifying indoor air. It also acts as a natural air conditioning system, and it goes without saying that it is far more eco-friendly than mechanized appliances.
10. Save Water– This practice also goes hand in hand with energy conservation. And the practice is easy to apply to your domestic life. Take shorter showers, not a leisurely bath to save water, recycle used water and make sure all leaking taps and drains are repaired. Only flush toilets if really needed; follow the Australian maxim: “If it’s yellow, that’s mellow, if it’s brown flush it down.”
11. Use Small Appliances to cook Small Meals– Also, strive to prepare more meals, such as vegetarian dishes, salads and meats ideal for the barbecue to help drive down excessive energy use. Smaller appliances use up less energy.
12. Clean Fridge regularly– Doing this regularly is equivalent to a good maintenance program. Keeping the fridge clean contributes towards using less energy. Clean also the back of your fridge. Dusty coils can increase energy consumption by 30%.
13. Keep fridge free from Frost– The build-up of unnecessary frost and ice drives up your energy use.
14. Keep Fridge Temperature lower than Room Temperature– Apart from the energy savings here, it also helps keep food fresher for longer.
15. Keep fridge out of Direct Sunlight– There is a tendency for fridges to use excessive amounts of energy when placed in direct sunlight. Also, make use of curtaining to keep the room cooler and shaded.
16. Drive Car Less– Simply cut down on unnecessary trips to the mall, particularly when you’re not out shopping and only going out for a bite to eat or to watch a movie. If it’s close by and early in the day, you can even walk there.
17. Use Public Transport regularly– Instead of drastically contributing towards the excessive increase in harmful carbons and getting caught in peak hour traffic, make use of rapid transport network systems, which will also save you time and money.
18. Buy Recycled Products– This is yet another great and effective way of reducing carbon footprints. By being both vigilant and patient, you should read labels in your supermarkets and other stores to check that these have been recycled.
19. Drastically Reduce use of Plastic– Without any debate, all forms of plastic are harmful to the environment in a great number of ways. With your limited use of plastic, find new ways to reuse it instead of disposing of it.
20. Buy Local Produce only– By doing this, you drastically reduce your own carbon footprint. You no longer contribute to the excessive energy and fuel use made when products are shipped to your area. Go a step further by sourcing organic produce only.
21. Recycle your car oil at a recycling depot or petrol station – it contains lead, nickel and cadmium. Use recycling facilities. If there aren’t any, ask your council for them.
22. Use Reusable Bags –Whether you are shopping for food, clothes or books, use a reusable bag. Plastic grocery-type bags that get thrown out end up in landfills or in other parts of the environment. These can suffocate animals who get stuck in them or may mistake them for food. Also, it takes a while for the bags to decompose. There are even some stores (such as Target) that offer discounts for using reusable bags!
23. Buy a reusable water bottle and beverage containers – Buy a reusable water bottle. Instead of buying individually-packaged drinks, consider buying a bulk container of the beverage. This will not only help the environment but will also help you save money since you are buying a bulk container. For lunch or tiffin, airtight food containers can be reused; sandwich bags and plastic wrap cannot.
24. Go for reusable containers– Drink tap or filtered water, not bottled. Many campuses offer water fountains designed for drinking, as well as for refilling reusable water bottles. Make use of these fountains when you finish off the initial beverage. Many restaurants offer reusable containers for drinks. If you go to a certain place a lot, consider buying one of these containers to help minimize waste. A lot of coffee shops even offer a discount to customers who use a reusable container for their drinks.
25. Save Electricity– Use energy-efficient light bulbs instead of regular bulbs. They not only last longer but will save you a bit of money. Turn off lights, the TV, and other appliances when you are not using them. Lower your air conditioning or heat when it’s not necessary. Open your windows in the early fall or layering your clothes in the early fall.
26. Switch off all Lights not being used or needed– The opposite of this is wastage on a grand scale. You also drive up your own expenditure on energy not being used.
27. Buy High Wattage Bulbs only– One single bulb not only equates to several low-wattage bulbs, but it also exceeds them in conserving energy.
28. Buy compact fluorescent light bulbs – These bulbs last eight times as long and use a fraction of the energy.
29. Paint indoor walls White– This helps reflect natural light into areas of rooms and drives down the need to use artificial and expensive lighting features.
30. Print as little as necessary– Using so much paper is detrimental to the environment. Try to take a print out of your notes that are of utmost necessity. Use a laptop or an e-reader to class so that you can download the reading notes and read from there. If not, print on both sides of the page to reduce the amount of paper used.
31. Wrap gifts in a creative way– Use fabric to wrap gifts and tie with ribbon; both are reusable and prettier than paper and sticky-tape.
32. Insulate your home – Cavity wall insulation can cut heat loss through the wall by up to 60%.
33. Use low-phosphate washing-up liquid and washing powder –Phosphates stimulate algal growth when discharged into the water supply, lowering oxygen levels and killing plants and fish.
34. Join Conservation Groups– This is a great way to help educate yourself and become more aware. Even if you are not able to volunteer just one hour of your time to clean-up and awareness campaigns, you can still contribute financially and via social media.
35. Do not Litter– It does not matter where you are or how small the item, simply do not do this. Keep litter to hand until you have found a disposal unit for your waste. Smokers should rather give up their habit entirely rather than hunt for filter disposal units.
36. Campaign against Littering– This requires more vigilance on your part. While you practice what you preach by not littering yourself, you inform others and report culprits to the authorities so that they can be reprimanded.
37. Drastically Reduce the use of Harmful Chemical Products– These include ammonia, paint, oil, and all contribute towards polluting the air and water, even groundwater. And when you are done with it, you need to dispose of these at available chemical waste depots.
38. Create Compost from Left-over Food– This natural and practical habit creates healthy nutrients for your garden’s plants. It also cuts down on excessive and unnecessary garbage disposal.
39. Protect All Wildlife– This requires a collective effort and extends to protecting your forests and nearby open fields in which all forms of natural wildlife depend on their habitat and survival. Join wildlife campaigns and reduce your consumption of meat products.
40. Protect Insects and Arachnids– Most folks still believe that these are pests and are even unnecessarily afraid of them. The reality is that these small creatures are a vital component of the entire earth’s ecosystem.
41. Educate yourself as far as possible– There are many ways to skin a cat, but you won’t be doing this, of course. What you will be doing is immersing yourself in as match literature and online resources as possible. These are all widely available.
42. Educate Others too– And while you educate yourself, you talk to others about what you have discovered. This creates a chain-reaction of the non-nuclear kind. The more people know, the more aware they become.
43. Clean Light Bulbs regularly– This is another maintenance exercise. It also helps keep bulbs lasting longer than its usual date.
44. Only use Organic Produce– See Buy Local Produce only. The last point here is also relevant.
45. Start your own Organic Garden– You save yourself even more at the grocery store, contribute towards your home’s own green lung and even improve your physical and mental health by immersing in the intended human practices of Mother Nature.