Be Environmentally Responsible

Environmental responsibility is our duty to behave in a manner that protects our environment.  Whether or not we realize it, we humans have a major impact on our environment! It may seem as if, as just one person, we aren’t capable of achieving great change; however, when we each take responsibility for our actions, our collective efforts can make a major difference.  We can also be the one person whose actions inspire others to behave similarly. 

Taking care of our environment is important for numerous reasons.  Here are a few of those reasons:

  • A clean environment is important for healthy living.
    • The more we neglect our environment, the greater it will become polluted with harmful toxins and contaminants.  These toxins and contaminants can negatively impact our health. 
      • Air Pollution 
        • Irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat.
        • Coughing, tight chest, and difficulties breathing.
        • Worsening of existing lung and heart conditions, including asthma.
        • Lessening of growth, yield, and survivability of crops and trees.
        • Long-term exposure: damage to the immune, respiratory, neurological, and reproductive systems.
        • Long-term exposure: cancer.
      • Water Pollution 
        • Vomiting.
        • Diarrhea.
        • Upset stomach.
        • Rashes.
        • Long-term exposure: reproductive and development issues.
        • Long-term exposure: cancer.
  • Earth’s overall atmospheric temperature is increasing.
    • Changes in Earth’s average temperature can lead to an increase in the frequency of dangerous weather patterns and damaging storms, which can cause devastation to plants, animals, and humans. 
  • Biodiversity can be harmed by an unhealthy environment.
    • Biodiversity is the variety of life in our ecosystem, and living things’ well-being is dependent on it. 
  • Future generations depend on our actions for the well-being of their home. 
    • How we treat Earth today will impact the lives of future generations who live on Earth.  Currently, it’s our home, and it’s the only home we have, but in the future, it will be the home of our future family and the home of future generations in general.  
  • Animals need us, too.
    • Like humans, animals can experience health problems. 
    • Those animals living in nature depend on their habitat to provide them with a safe home.
  • Our economy can benefit from a clean environment.
    • Boost tourism.
    • Provide catch for the seafood industry.
    • Lower health care costs. 
  • Nature-related social activities are dependent on it. 
    • Increase our ability to participate in water-related recreational activities, such as skiing and surfing.

 

There are many ways that you can contribute to helping our environment, and you don’t necessarily have to make drastic changes.  Small, consistent changes are key, and here are a few of those changes:

  1. Turn off the lights when it’s not necessary to use them. 
  2. Use alternative sources of light that are more energy efficient. 
  3. Turn off and unplug household devices, such as the TV, when they are not in use.
  4. Shut off water when you’re not using it, such as when washing your car or brushing your teeth. 
  5. Fix leaky faucets.
  6. Use a reusable water bottle.
  7. Use reusable shopping bags instead of paper or plastic bags. 
  8. Help preserve natural habitats. 
  9. Use established pathways when touring natural destinations. 
  10. Walk or ride a bike. 
  11. Carpool or use public transportation. 
  12. Properly maintain your vehicle.
  13. When filling your gas tank, avoid overfill spills by not topping it off. 
  14. Plant a tree.
  15. Use electronic billing. 
  16. Print double-sided.
  17. Recycle. 
  18. Grow a garden. 
  19. Donate unwanted items to charity instead of throwing them away. 

 

What our friends think:

Tiffany N. says, “I think it’s important to be environmentally responsible because it comes back to us.  It’s in how we live, how we interact with our surroundings (air quality, drinking water, living conditions, etc.).  It might be hard for people to see the bigger picture sometimes, so I really appreciate companies that take care in what kinds of chemicals that take care in what kinds of chemicals they put in their soaps, shampoos, makeups, lotions, etc.  It ultimately doesn’t get absorbed into the body or rinsed carelessly down our drains.  It’s easy enough to buy from companies that are responsible about how they produce their products.”

Erica R. says, “Everyone teaches people to take care of their minds and their bodies, but we should also treat the environment and the Earth as well as we treat ourselves.  I also think it’s important to be environmentally responsible because it’s part of being a good citizen of the Earth.  One of the things that I make it a point to do is use canvas bags at the supermarket.  It’s a small thing, but it’s super easy to do, and it saves on plastic bags.  Another thing I do is that when I got my K-Cup coffee maker, instead of using the plastic pods, I have one refillable pod that I fill with coffee grinds, so I’m not throwing away several pods a day,”

 

Do your own research! No Longer Silenced Movement encourages you to do your own research about topics of your interest in order to formulate your own educated opinion.