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Green and Clean: How Getting Involved in Environmental Protection Helps Your Community

Environmental health is everyone’s responsibility. There are major changes to be made at the highest levels of commerce and industry, and there is also recycling to be taken out at home. They are all part of the same puzzle, and in some cases it is even the same person who does it. If we take a hard look at our ecological footprint in our community, then it may be easier to learn more about how our actions affect the environment on a larger level.

Recycling

Modern society creates a substantial number of complex chemical products. From the plastics and metal that comprise our homes, to the disposable plastic packaging that comes from our food, to the toxic byproducts created by the manufacturing process, everything we use has a substantial environmental cost. By reusing and repurposing items instead of throwing them away we can substantially reduce our impact to the environment. Less energy is required to transport new items or to use a service like Tri-State Disposal to transport, process and dispose of the discarded items.

Vegetation

Encouraging the growth of healthy vegetation is one of the most proactive movements that a citizen can make. Vegetation, foliage, and most importantly, gardens do triple or quadruple duty in the battle to ameliorate environmental change. Not only do the plants sequester carbon from the atmosphere, releasing healthy oxygen, but they act as natural solar collectors and concentrators of energy. The wood from trees has a million uses around the world, grass fields and woodlands encourage healthy ecosystems and abundant wildlife, and of course there is the question of food. Gardens produce food locally that require no gas to transport and no plastic for packaging. They contribute practically nothing to the landfill, as they generate no waste. The rinds and stems and other inedible parts of the plant are simply composted and recycled back into the garden.

Runoff and Environmental Protection

One of the biggest problems with the environment comes from dirty and polluted areas that contaminate areas downstream. As the entire environment labors under tremendous difficulty right now, any area of spreading pollution is especially detrimental. People can take special care to clean up waterways and estuaries near their home, but the task does not stop there. Every citizen can take up their responsibility to keep their house and immediate area clean, their workplace safe and environmentally conscious, and their community healthy. The waterways of the world need help, and cleaning up the cities and stopping the flow of toxins in runoff is best way to begin.

Lizzie Weakley, the author of this article, is a freelance writer.

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