Nature is a wonderful thing. It continues to fascinate us with its diversity and sheer power. It can create delicate flowers and sic huge walls of water on our cities. But some of the most amazing things about our planet is the things we don’t know about it. Take the Bodélé Depression, for instance. It’s a small valley in the African nation of Chad. From October to March, winds are funneled through the mountains on either side and picks up some dust, carrying it across Africa and the Atlantic. That dirt, from a distant country on another continent, supplies over 50% of the nutrient-rich dust that fertilizes the Amazon rainforest.
This kind of complexity is everywhere in nature. Anything you do can cause a huge ripple effect throughout the delicate ecosystem. And we’re doing more than just stepping on a bug or something.. We’re cutting down entire forests, ecosystems disappearing in a snap. And if this continues, the hundreds of species we know and the hundreds more we don’t will die.
That’s why we have to do something.
While most of the big things like deforestation can’t really be influenced by one person, we can still make a difference, maybe not in the big issues like deforestation, but in reducing our waste. The typical US household can produce hundreds of pounds of waste a year, and that’s only in material waste. CO2 emissions and water waste make the US lifestyle even more wasteful. And this isn’t just the US. A lot of other developed countries in Europe and elsewhere produce just as much waste as the States. But we can change that by taking some simple steps that may not seem like much, but add up to a lot.
For instance, washing laundry in cold water can save thousands of watts of energy per year. Using surge protectors and unplugging or turning off electric devices when you’re not using them can save lots of energy (and as a result saves fossil fuels and slows global warning). Plus, if everyone were to stop eating meat, the reduction in CO2 emissions will almost equal the entire US’s emissions. Isn’t that something?
But you don’t have to make these dramatic life changes to contribute. Even the smallest of things like turning off the water as you brush can save enough to give a thirsty, third-world person water to drink for the day.
Interested in pitching in to help save Planet Earth? Do some research yourself to find what works for you, but give the things above a try. If it changes into a habit, then you’ll already be on track to a healthier, environmentally-friendly lifestyle.
Thought I needed to get this off my shoulders. You don’t have to do any of this, but it is definitely recommended. Have a good day!