Activities conducted by humankind regularly tend to cause adverse effects to the environment around us. A few of the adverse effects of human activities visible to us are smog, air pollution, litter, water pollution, extinction of wildlife, deforestation, destruction of ecosystems etc. But the good news is that we can apply simple environmental protection measures in our day to day lives that can aid to reverse and mitigate the damage that has already occurred to some extent and help save our planet.
Millions of trees are knocked down year after year in order to supply raw materials for the pulp and paper mills across the world. Thus we can help save trees from being cut if we reduce the usage of paper and recycle the paper that we do not need instead of destroying or burning unwanted paper. We need to make an effort to reduce the material waste we contribute. For instance we can make it a point to carry and make use of reusable bags whenever we go grocery shopping.
We can help protect our environment by cutting down on our very own domestic energy consumption by incorporating simple measures like – making it a point to switch off lights and fans when we leave the room, unplugging electronics when not in use, opting for gadgets with energy star ratings, replacing normal lighting with energy saving fluorescent lights etc.
We need to seriously make an effort to reduce our carbon footprints. We can achieve this goal by applying simple steps like making use of the traditionally used clothes line instead of the electronic dryer for drying our clothes, opt for car pools instead of each individual taking a separate car when on route to the same place, for example – while dropping children off to the same school. Car pooling system if implemented will help a great deal in minimizing the emission of carbon dioxide in the environment.