According to the Global Footprint Network, we currently use resources equal to that of 1.5 planets, in the sense that the amount of resources we use and the waste we produce requires a year and a half for the Earth to regenerate. With that in mind, it is obvious that we need to change our mindset and adopt an attitude of conversation. One of the key issues for most people, though, is a simple lack of knowledge of how to incorporate conservation into everyday living. You can adopt this type of lifestyle and make a difference for your world by making a few simple changes in your everyday life.
Adopting a Conservation Mindset
The goal in helping conserve the planet really must come in adopting an attitude of conservation. You can achieve this mindset by making small, key changes. With these changes, you’ll be able to make a world of difference.
1. Switch to Green Cleaning Products and Prevent Pollution
When it comes to pollution, we are our own worst enemies. Many of the daily products we use contribute unsurmountable toxins and added pollution to our internal and external environments. Take a step toward conservation, and consider green cleaning alternatives. Think biodegradable, non-toxic options such as vinegar and other consumable products.
2. Conduct an Audit on Your Energy Use
One of the biggest areas of pollution in our world today is via our energy consumption. Your utility company will provide you a free home-energy audit if you request one. This process identifies the biggest energy wasters in your home and may even suggest ways to save you money. Some easy ways to conserve energy in your home include caulking your windows, installing energy-efficient appliances, using energy-efficient light bulbs, and insulating your water heater.
3. Buy Recycled, If You Buy at All
You’ve likely heard the push to reduce, reuse, recycle. But, what about when you have to purchase new products? You can continue to embody this mantra by looking for products with an established conservation-friendly production. When purchasing paper products and even some plastics, look for items that are made from recycled products. (And, be sure to recycle them when you are finished.)
4. Become a Conservationist
One of the most effective ways you can adopt a conservation-focused lifestyle is to select a career that is centered on the very concept. At its heart, conservation capitalizes on environmental management – a field of study that is focused on understanding and preserving water resources, agricultural ecology, hydrology, and the various other nuances of the environment. A career in the agricultural, environmental, geological or natural sciences is intricately linked with environmental management and would afford you the opportunity to focus exclusively on conservation. You can find UF geology degrees online, as well as online degrees for virtually any other environmental science.
Make conservation a part of your everyday life. Consider adopting these simple changes to make a big impact on your world.
Anica Oaks, the author of this post, is a recent
college graduate from University of San Francisco.
Anica loves dogs, the ocean, and anything
outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family,
so she’s used to putting things to a vote.
Also, cartwheels are her specialty.
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