What is the Deal with Environmental Awareness?
It is not just climate change that we need to worry about – there is a plethora of issues with our planet people either disregard, or try to fix half-heartedly. Let us discuss what environmental awareness is, why it’s important, how to practice it and how to promote it.
What is Environmental Awareness?
The answer is in the name itself – being aware of the environment. It means identifying things that are harming it and disposing of them, or limiting their effect. You may have heard of the term ‘Go Green’. Being environmentally aware means limiting your personal convenience when it infringes upon the world around you.
This means limiting plastics, fossil fuels, fighting chemical, noise and light pollution, preserving species of animals and plants, and overall trying to preserve the planet for the next generation of not just people, but all of its inhabitants.
Why Is It Important?
In the world of convenience, technology, business, politics and economy, it is very easy to forget that earth holds a limited amount of resources. Water, food, finished products and energy are wasted everywhere, demanding more and more from nature. If this situation persists, it is only a matter of time before we all start living in a wasteland.
Plastic takes more than 50 years to degrade, making it a very dangerous and toxic substance. While recycling is a viable option, it is often not a profitable one, so our land and oceans become more and more polluted with it, endangering wildlife. Sometimes the animals eat the plastic, or get entangled in it.
Many vehicles and appliances run on fossil fuels, which wastes a limited resource and pollutes the air and water. We could switch to renewable energy in our homes and businesses, but this course of action is not in the interest of multibillion-dollar corporations.
What Can I Do?
As stated before, it is difficult going green 100% at once. The best course of action, at first, is to limit your use of plastic in everyday life. Reuse the materials that you possess and try not to use more water and energy than you need.
Whenever possible, try to recycle. These days, more and more countries are making it mandatory to hold recycling bins next to the trash bins. Ask around, or do research online on where you can dispatch your electric and electronic waste.
As for driving, if it is not possible to use public transport, try carpooling. Sometimes, cars and trucks can’t be avoided, but there are filters that can be used to minimize the damage done. Vehicles powered by electricity are becoming more and more popular, whereas hybrids are a good temporary compromise.
If you want to make a bigger difference, start or join a campaign against oil-drilling, recreational hunting, deforestation or another cause. Don’t go for all at once, just focus on one issue, and do your best to resolve it.
How Can I Spread the News?
Whatever you do, don’t preach. This is not what it’s about. People are not going green to feel superior to others. They are doing it so that life could thrive. Engage your community with events. Try to lead more by example, rather than by discourse, and the results will follow, though they may not be as strong as you’d think.