Easy Ways To Protect The Environment Where You Live

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The environment is now a massive issue and likely always will be. The political response around the world differs depending on which country you’re in, but the fact is that it is important to everyone and if the effects of global warming are going to be alleviated, it will require a massive joint effort from people around the world. It is unfortunate, but many of the most polluting countries are also the ones who are failing to respond in an appropriate manner. The newly elected President of the United States, Donald Trump, recently signed an executive order that was designed to dismantle a lot of the work that his predecessor Barack Obama did to try to deal with the threat of climate change. Whether he did this because he believes it to be a ‘Chinese hoax’ or because he is interested in allowing companies to make more money, the fact remains that it is likely a bad idea. It will have an effect on the people living on the planet today but the consequences, which are potentially devastating, are incalculable for future generations. The global political paradigm has shifted so much in the wake of Trump’s deep rooted anti-science and anti-intellectual stance that China, a country once vilified for its failure to appropriately respond to the threats of climate change, have now become the world leader in efforts to deal with the problem.

The especially disappointing aspect of this entire situation is just how obvious the effects are already. For instance, five islands in the Pacific Ocean are now underwater, and therefore no longer exist as islands. Fortunately, they were not inhabited by any people, but there are many places that are in danger of becoming uninhabitable. The residents of these islands will not only become homeless, but landless as well as stateless. The chances of Trump inviting these people to live in America when their homes succumb to the ocean are pretty slim. However, the international community has been trying to deal with the problem, with the Paris Agreement being the latest iteration of that desire. These sorts of conferences have been taking place since 1997 when the Kyoto Protocol was agreed. While these measures may seem insufficient and it is frustrating to see the lack of action on an international level, a global initiative will always require that individuals contribute and make it happen. Entire forests of documents may be signed, but if no one enacts those promises, they are a waste of both time and resources. That is why it is important to do what you can, even on a local level, to help. If you want to see the earth continue to be a beautiful place so that your grandchildren will see it too, here are things that you can do in your community:


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When the environment suffers, so do the animals who rely upon it. Sometimes, we rely upon them and this is the case when it comes to creatures like bees. Their numbers are declining and this is serious because they pollinate so much of our food that the agricultural economy may suffer as a result. To help, you can fill your garden with things that will encourage them such as lavender and sunflowers (both of which are a beautiful addition to a garden anyway).

Another thing that you can do to protect local wildlife is ensure that their habitats are not cluttered with waste or rubbish. It can be as simple as finding a rubbish removal company (such as http://www.samedayrubbishremoval.com.au/) and having it cleared up. The effects of all sorts of litter on animals can be damaging. A rather stark and ugly example of the dangers of litter came when thirteen North Sea sperm whales became stranded on the coast of Germany. Their stomachs were found to contain plastic. It is rather tragic when you consider how easily avoided this harm to animals actually is.

While recycling is becoming a more and more mainstream part of society, there are lots of other things that you can also do to help the environment such as not putting hazardous materials in the bin. This may include things like paints, pesticides, car batteries and lawn chemicals. These need to be disposed of by a professional at a dedicated hazardous material disposal plant.

Finally, another thing that you can do to help the environment is support charities who dedicate themselves to protecting it. It may be that there is a local charity in your area that could use support to run litter picking days, or a global advocacy group that pressures governments to do more. Either way, every action counts.

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