Seven Simple Ways to Help the Environment

| 3/3/2017 2:20:00 PM

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Concern has been growing for some time about our need to pitch in consistently to help the environment. Climate change is being fed by large carbon footprints that contribute to greenhouse gases. Chemicals are harmful to sustainability. Droughts are happening in many areas of the world.

If helping the environment seems like a lot of work, rest assured it isn’t. There are many simple ways to be ecologically conscious. Here are seven:

1. Use Gas-Powered Vehicles Less

Gasoline-fueled cars are major contributors to greenhouse gases and climate change. Fortunately, there are many ways to cut down on vehicle use. If you can bike to work rather than drive, you will save 90 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions you were previously using. Ditto with walking. Even if you can carpool several days per week, it helps. And telecommuting five days a week? You’re a green star!

You use a vehicle for other reasons than working, of course. You can help the environment by looking at those. Jot down how much mileage you cover every day running errands or other tasks. After a month or so, look to see what you can reduce. Could you shop virtually rather than going to the mall? Talk on the phone/Skype rather than visit friends? Put errands together all on one day?

2. Reduce Food Waste

The U.S. uses up a lot of energy and chemicals growing foodstuffs. It takes oil and gas to run tractors and combines. Fertilizer and pesticides are often made from chemicals, including oil. Because of this varied usage, any reduction of food waste will also help the environment. Americans throw out 40 percent of the food they buy.