It’s a New Year and the writing is on the wall: This tumbling rock we call Home is not happy with us.

09 Jan 08:00 by Sheena Cochrane


It’s a New Year and the writing is on the wall: This tumbling rock we call Home is not happy with us.

The Earth is changing rapidly, and entire species of plants and animals are going extinct before we ever get a chance to understand them. Under our constant and growing demand, precious natural resources like fresh water, fertile soil, and forests are becoming depleted, destroyed or much harder to find.

The industrial toxins we’ve put into our air, water, food, medicine, furniture, clothing, workplaces and homes are taking a massive, synergistic toll on our public health—in the form of cancer, autoimmune disease, autism, mental illness and more.

The climate has gotten downright scary.

This year, it seems like we need more of a New Year’s revolution!

But before you sink into despair, know that there are minor lifestyle changes we can all make, that—if even a mere 10% of the population did them—would create a revolution and make a HUGE difference for our health and the well-being of this fragile planet we love.

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More small steps helping to save the Environment

To help save the environment, try decreasing energy and water consumption, changing your eating and transportation habits to conserve natural resources and adapting your home and yard to be more environmentally friendly.

1. Switch off anything that uses electricity when not in use

If you are not using it, turn it off. Such as lights, televisions, computers, printers etc., and unplug devices when not in use. Leaving devices plugged in, such as laptop chargers or toasters, can use "phantom" energy. Even when an appliance is turned off, it may still use power because the applications on the electronics will constantly use electricity.

2. Close the heating and air conditioning vents in your home

If you are not using certain rooms in your house, close the vents in these rooms and close the doors. Doing this consistently will reduce the amount of energy squandered by heating or cooling seldom occupied spaces.

3. Conserve Water

Make conscious choices to lower your consumption of water, such as:

  • Taking shorter showers or fill the bathtub only one-quarter to one-third full.

  • Turning off the tap while you brush your teeth.

  • Washing full loads of laundry in a washing machine.

  • If you hand wash your car, use buckets and sponges. Just use the hose to rinse with a hose nozzle to stop the water or turn the hose off between rinses. Keep in mind, however, that the soap and other cleaning products might go down the sewer drain (if you have one), leading to pollution.

4. Recycle all you can

Be sure to separate your recycling into glass, metal, paper and so on. Take special trips to a recycling centre if you don’t have curbside recycling or if you need to recycle certain materials not accepted by your recycling service.

Use rechargeable batteries instead of disposable batteries. Batteries not only take up landfill space as they can't be incinerated, they can also leak acid into the Earth.

Many materials, including batteries, fluorescent light bulbs and almost anything with batteries or a plug, cleaning products, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, automotive fluids and paint should never be disposed of in a landfill or sewer. Instead, contact your local council for proper disposal opportunities.

5. Use only as much toilet/kitchen paper as you need

Don't unwind a mile of it for one little wipe. Be reasonable. Use a washable cloth or sponge for most of your kitchen clean-up. They are inexpensive, especially when bought in bulk and can be washed and reused hundreds of times.

6. Stop your junk mail

If you get several catalogues which you do not need, call and ask them to stop sending them to you.

Happy New Year 2018



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