5 Ways to Care for Planet Earth
Earth Day was founded in 1970 and is celebrated on April 22, it is a worldwide event held every year with demonstrations, conferences, outdoor activities and service projects aimed at raising public awareness of environmental protection environment. According to reports, experts estimate that we are losing 137 species of plants, animals and insects every day. Reports also say that factories in the United States release more than 3 million tons of toxic chemicals in the earth, air and water every year.
Earth Day reminds us that we must all take steps to protect our planet for our loved ones and future generations. Fortunately, making a difference and making your impact felt is much easier than you think. Here are five simple ways you and your family can reduce pollution and help our planet today:
1. Buy and eat local
It is estimated that 13% of US greenhouse gas emissions. UU. They result from food production and transportation. In fact, in the United States, much of the food sold in supermarkets covers an average of 1,500 miles. Instead, choose to buy local seasonal foods, which not only travel less kilometers but are also cooler.
By buying local products, we not only reduce gasoline and carbon emissions, but also help our economy and support local producers and producers.
2. Eat vegetarian food three times a week
A major cause of global warming is agriculture, which is responsible for approximately 15% of gases harmful to the environment, half of which are said to come from livestock. The amount of grain and water needed for livestock is also worrying, as experts say there will be an additional 20 billion people by 2050 who will need food.
A 2014 article in The Guardian suggested that eating less red meat was a more effective way to reduce harmful gases and reduce car use. As the article says, eating red meat requires twenty-eight times more land to produce than pork or chicken and eleven times more water, resulting in five times more climatic emissions. "Compared to basic foods such as potatoes, wheat and rice, the impact of meat per calorie is even more extreme, since it requires 160 times more land and produces 11 times more greenhouse gases," the article reports.
Scientists at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom conducted a study that found that the production of animal-derived foods was associated with higher greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than plant-based foods. The diets of 2,041 vegans, 15,751 vegetarians, 8,123 fish eaters and 29,589 elderly meat eaters were evaluated. The results show that meat-rich diets, defined as more than 100 g per day, produced 7.2 kg of carbon dioxide gases, while vegetarian and fish consumption diets caused about 3.8 kg. of CO2 per day. Vegan diets produced only 2.9 kg.
Creating the habit of eating vegetarian only three times a week has a huge positive impact on the planet.
Read the full study here.
3. Walk or ride a bike, drive less
Yes, yes, we've heard it before, but it's true. Walking instead of driving can make a big difference. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In the US, more than half of all air pollution comes from the use of vehicles.
If you can walk or cycle to your destination, why not do it? Not only will it reduce carbon gases, but physical exercise is also better for you.
If you are too far away to cycle to your destination, take a bus or train. Think about the number of people that can fit in a bus or train car and then think about the amount of cars needed to transport each person. Many cities now offer more environmentally friendly transportation options with buses and trains that move to natural gas and even electric.
4. Reduce the use of energy in your home
Making small modifications to your home can make a big difference and in your electricity payment. Repair the electrical faults and change your lights for white light. This will ensure that you are not wasting energy and, instead, will do a better job moderating the temperature of your home.
When buying appliances, such as a dishwasher or air conditioning units, always keep the Energy Star rating on the label. Choosing appliances that are energy friendly is a safe way to save energy and also save money.
Finally, turn off the lights when you are not using them and when you leave the room.
5. Reciclar y reutilizar
According to a EuroStat report. When analyzing the environmental impacts related to waste and the emission of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the European Union, 93% of greenhouse gas emissions from waste management come from the landfill sector. In Sweden, more than 99% of all household waste is recycled in one way or another, more than any other nation. As indicated in Sweden.se, recycling stations are no more than 300 meters from any residential area and most Swedes separate all recyclable waste in their homes and deposit them in special containers in their block of flats or They leave at a recycling station. Read more here.
You can also make a difference by classifying all recyclable waste in your home by separating bottles, cans, plastics and paper and recycling these items properly.
Together, we can all make a difference on our planet. Click here to learn more about this new lifestyle and how to continue helping our planet.