While not everyone is an environmental activist, the majority of people who still live on this planet have some interest in safeguarding the environment.
The issue is that they aren’t sure what they can do to help. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be difficult; it may even begin at home and in the places and activities we frequent.
We discuss the easy things that everybody can do to help protect the environment and life on it in this post.
Make the most of natural light
You’d be astonished at how much money you can save simply by bringing natural light into your house whenever possible. Not only that, but getting some sun is a terrific way to get some Vitamin D. (a key element to boosting our immune systems).
While not everyone can renovate their homes to allow more natural light in, you can reorganize your living space so that natural lighting is present in the areas where you work (if you’re lucky) or spend the most time.
Recycle and reuse water
Repurpose the water you use wherever possible. The soapy water from your laundry, for example, can be saved and utilized to flush the toilet.
You can water your plants with the filtered water you used to wash the dishes. You can help save water in a variety of ways. It’s only a matter of being aware of it.
Shopping locally benefits not only the local economy, but it also helps to reduce the carbon footprint caused by logistics. Furthermore, with many Filipinos turning to e-commerce to mitigate the financial impact of the pandemic, it’s always nice to support your own.
Reduce the use of single-use plastics
Let’s face it: in the Philippines, it’s difficult (if not impossible) to completely eliminate single-use plastic. However, we may always endeavor to reduce it wherever possible.
There are several strategies to reduce single-use plastic use, whether it’s carrying your own tumbler (for water or when getting coffee) or bringing your own bag when shopping.
Disable e-commerce notifications
Being attentive, when it comes to commerce, is an important aspect of adopting an environmental perspective. As a result, if you’re serious about making a difference in both the environment and your own health, you should start being more conscious of what you buy.
Turning off your e-commerce notifications is one way to do this.
Hearing “Shopee!” over and over.
” From your phone can deceive your mind, so turn off notifications and see how effective it is at assisting you in consuming less.
Additionally, choose eco-friendly purchases whenever possible, or at the very least things from firms that are recognized to support environmental activities.
Choosing reusable things over single-use items is also a good idea. There are numerous solutions that not only assist in saving the environment but also look attractive, whether it’s utensils, mugs, or shopping bags.
Composting is the process of allowing food and yard waste to decompose organically in the soil rather than being disposed of in a landfill. Adopting this approach has two benefits: it keeps a large volume of rubbish out of the waste stream while also providing free, rich soil for your garden.
Grow your own
Why not cultivate your own veggies while you’re at it? Yes, being a plantita has become fashionable, but why limit yourself to beautiful plants?
Growing your own root crops provides a lot of satisfaction. It also helps you become one step closer to self-sufficiency. With vegetable costs constantly shifting, you’re not only helping the earth, but you’re also helping your own wallet.
When it comes to cool goods, upcycling – or repurposing anything that would otherwise be trash – is a great way to get your creative juices flowing. This could be art, home decor, or fashion accessories.
Who knows, if you get well enough, this could turn into a little business opportunity.
Whenever possible, ride your bike or go for a walk
The pandemic has popularized something that we Filipinos should have done all along: bicycling. Due to a lack of public transportation, an increasing number of people have turned to two wheels as a viable/trendy mode of transportation.
Aside from the obvious benefit of reducing your carbon footprint, biking/walking allows you to explore and experience new locations (even your own neighborhood) in a manner that you wouldn’t be able to do if you were inside a vehicle.
If biking or walking isn’t an option, make sure to schedule your travels so that you use your car as little as possible (and contribute to the already congested traffic situation). So, if you need to go food shopping, you may arrange it on the same day as your hair appointment or dentist appointment.
At a time, one screen at a time
There are numerous occasions during the workday when both our phones and computers must be turned on. However, there should never be a time when you’re watching TV while aimlessly looking through your phone.
Of course, this extends to other energy-saving methods such as setting appliances on a timer, turning off lights, disconnecting, and so on. Every little amount helps, especially if everyone contributes.
Be more conscientious
To a significant part, being an environmental steward is being more conscious of everything. And it all begins with you.
You may notice the little things that can make this life experience truly beautiful when you’re more conscious of your thoughts, senses, and even your own breathing. And as you grow more attentive, you gradually become more compassionate toward yourself, others, and the world around you.
In mindful living, there’s a kindness that pervades everything we do, a kind of kindness that pervades everything we do and every decision we make.
If you remember nothing else from this, we hope it’s that you always have the option of doing your bit. The oil companies may ultimately be in charge of the environmental difficulties we confront, but if we all do our part, we can still make a difference, especially when we work together.
While changing the world is a massive undertaking, doing the right things and making the best decisions for yourself and others is something you can do every day.