Taking steps to protect the environment is something everyone should do. It is our planet and our responsibility to do what we can to prolong it’s longevity. Whether you are believer in climate change and global warming or not, the actions you take do have consequences. As our children and their children will be inhabiting this world long after we have gone, it is important we take a few key eco-friendly actions to protect the environment in which we live.
1. Clean-up your local community: You don’t need a national “clean-up day” to pick up around your local community and encourage others to do the same. If you see trash, pick it up. Toss it in the nearest trash can. If you see someone drop trash on the ground, politely ask them to dispose of it properly. My kids can do it, so why can’t full-grown adults? They can. It’s simply a matter of each of us taking responsibility for keeping the surrounding environment clean. We want a nice place to live, so we have to take care of it.
2. Minimize waste: U.N. estimates indicate around 33 percent of the food that is produced around the world is wasted, according to The Guardian. This means close to 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted each year, while close to 795 million people are going hungry or suffering from malnutrition. When you break this down by category, it is easy to see which foods are being wasted most:
- 45% fruits and vegetables
- 35% fish and seafood
- 30% cereals
- 20% dairy
- 20% meat
People living in fully-developed countries appear to be the worst offenders, whereas those living in less-developed and poorer countries are generally more frugal.