All of us can help protect our environment. Whether it is at home, at work or at school, we need to take charge of things around us and help fight global warming. Here are some tips on how to go green and ensure that your home, your school and your (or your parents’) place of work are eco friendly.
Turn off your lights when you are not using them.
Use low energy bulbs and tubes such as compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs as they consume less electricity than high voltage incandescent bulbs.
Electronic appliances such as computers, printers, televisions, music systems, etc. should not be left on stand-by. Switch them off when you’re done.
If you have a balcony or any open space plants lots of trees or keep some potted plants. Community gardens are a wonderful way to get your neighbours and friends involved in your work. Another amazing thing to do is to start your own vegetable garden where you can grow organic produce!
Remember the three R's – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We often print on one side of a page and then throw it away. Don’t print if you don’t need to and always use both sides of the paper. Make sure you always recycle even if it’s just a banana peel – fruit and vegetable skins make great manure. Avoid plastic and instead go for reusable cloth bags, carry your lunch in a box instead of foil – the list is endless!
Surely you don’t need the air-conditioner when it’s lovely and breezy outside. Try keeping you’re a/c usage to a minimum – they’re power guzzlers!
Form a car pool with colleagues or friends or take public transport to school, work or any other place you visit. It may take longer, but it is good for our environment. Riding your bike or walking are excellent options.
Do NOT litter! Even though public places may not have dustbins that’s not excuse to make a mess! Put your garbage back in your bag and take it home with you. A good way of doing this is to keep assign a pocket in your bag for litter or to carry a small paper bag for your rubbish. Make it a point to correct people who litter and work with public authorities to install more dustbins and promote cleanliness.
Avoid buying bottled water. The process of harvesting raw materials, processing and manufacturing the plastic and shipping them to the market is extremely energy intensive. Therefore, filter your own water and use reusable water bottles to fill water