Steps to take to protect our environment and communities
We should all know and understand the steps to take to protect our environment and communities.
There is an integral connection between the environment, health and the economy. That’s why the International Federation of Environmental Health decided that the theme for this 2021’s Environmental Health World Day should be Prioritising Environmental Health for healthier communities in global recovery.
The world is going through difficult times, due the COVID-19. This pandemic has come to demonstrate the vital role that the Environmental Health workforce plays worldwide to face this challenging time for all of humanity. The Environmental Health workforce guarantees that the environment around us, at home, work, school, places where we shop or simply look for some form of fun, is safe, hygienic and healthy.
Each of us needs to realise the ongoing challenges this pandemic is posing and do everything possible to protect our communities – now and in the future. The answer lies in taking small steps towards sustainable development. Here are a few things you can do!
Take a walk anywhere
Definitely the best exercise known to mankind! Walking helps you shed weight, improves your health and is great for the environment! Why take a vehicle to a walkable distance? You’ll be saving fuel as well as your health! You can even up the pace by jogging or running.
Take the stairs
Give yourself a great workout while saving on electricity used to run escalators and elevators! Taking the stairs is a great way to get in shape and reduce power usage!
Re-use and recycle
Reducing the amount of “stuff” you consume has the greatest benefits for the planet. It’s best to avoid waste in the first place, so think more carefully about your purchases. Re-using items saves the natural resources and energy needed to manufacture new ones – as well as saving money.
Get creative with your useless or unwanted items by upcycling- basically, turning trash into treasure. Creating something new such as artwork, toys or jewelry is both satisfying and one of the best ways to protect the environment. Children love making things; so instead of heading to the craft store, check out your recycle bin first and let their imagination soar!
Use less water
Conserving water at home is one of the easiest ways to protect the environment. Think of all the times you consume water, both inside and outside your home; then, make adjustments as you can.
Anytime you can use less electricity, it’s a win for the planet. Find some ways to conserve energy around your home.
Give it back! Plant a tree
In your backyard or as a part of a community, you can plant a tree (or several) as a family project. Plants and trees keep you cool and are your natural source of oxygen! It is especially important to do so in cities where pollution levels only keep rising.
Grow your own food
Having a small vegetable garden of your own can be quite fruitful! For instance, the vegetables you grow will be fresh, tasty and pesticide/insecticide free. Also, imagine the long hours of exercise you’ll be putting in to grow them!
Composting your food scraps and yard waste offers double rewards: it keeps an incredible amount of trash out of the waste stream, and it produces free, rich soil to use in your garden.
Shop locally, shop organically
If you have the chance, buying fresh organic food is a great way to support local farmers, reduce your carbon footprint and support nature with your food choices.
Every small step towards a greener, cleaner and healthier future helps! As Captain Planet once said, “Reduce. Reuse. Recycle! The power is yours!”
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