Preventing pollution has become a major global threat and concern because its harmful effects are really affecting our health and the future of the environment. Having in mind that we all are the inhabitants of Earth, that means that each one of us has the responsibility to contribute to preventing the pollution of this planet and make sure that its future is safe. Let’s not forget that "if we heal the earth, we heal ourselves," which means that the environmental protection is our responsibility and if we want to save the planet for our descendants then we need to take care of it.
In this article we will take a look at 10 ways to prevent pollution and what we can do as citizens of Earth to slow down its demise. Let’s take a look at them!
1. Make Sustainable Transportation Choices
If you want to stop pollution, one of the best ways would be to ride your bike whenever possible. Of course, if you are physically able to ride it instead of driving a car, especially for short trips. As long as weather is nice, riding a bike would not only reduce pollution but also make your health better. You will get the exercise you need plus the fresh air.
You can also think about public transportation for short trips. Ride the bus, train or subway to reduce any carbon emissions from your personal vehicle. Take the advantage of your public transportation if it is good, and you will see that it is easier to use it than look for a parking spot which can take hours. While riding the public transport you can simply relax and read or even take a nap.
Speaking of short trips, they contribute more to pollution than longer ones. That is why it is better to organize your trips in advance and instead of taking five short trips, take two and get done anything you need to during them.
2. Use the Carpool
Carpooling is becoming more and more popular because the sharing of car journeys so that more than one person travels in a car prevents the need for others to have to drive to a location themselves. Since more people use only one vehicle, carpooling reduces fuel costs, tolls, pollution and the stress of driving. You can also carpool to school or work, not only when you go out. There are many apps and organizations that offer carpooling and you can develop great friendships by meeting new people or simply sharing a car with your coworkers. Carbon emissions is another benefit from this type of commuting.
3. Get Your Car Regularly Maintained and Drive Safely
Besides trying to use your car less, you should also remember to keep your car in good condition by getting regular maintenance on it so you would reduce more carbon emissions. This means that you will probably avoid any problems with your car and if it runs well then it will pollute less.
- Get an oil change every three months or 3,000 miles.
- Keep your tires inflated according to your car’s guidelines.
- Get the air, oil, and fuel filters changed according to your car’s guidelines.
You should also make sure to drive safely and properly because these habits will save you money by reducing the amount of fuel your car wastes. You should always apply gentle pressure and accelerate slowly. Also drive at the speed limit or below and keep the speed steady. You should also give your car enough time to stop instead of jerking it to a halt.
4. Choose an Electric or Hybrid Car
As you probably know, electric cars only use electricity which means zero carbon emission into the air. When it comes to hybrids, they use a combination of fuel and electricity and are still a better option than cars that run on fuel only. They also have better fuel economy and emit fewer greenhouse gases. The required maintenance is also low.
However, the cost of electric and hybrid cars is way higher than the regular cars which is why most people cannot afford them. On the other hand, you can charge en electric car at home which is definitely advantageous.
5. Make Sustainable Food Choices
Transporting food from across the world requires a considerable amount of fuel but it also depends on the production of that food – it might lead to waste being disposed into water and environment. That is why you should support local food sellers whenever possible. You could choose food that comes from nearby farms instead of the one that was massively produced or shopped from across the country.
Get yourself familiar with the process of production and whether the food is organic or not. The seller should be transparent about the process of food they are making. You could also opt for growing your own fruits and vegetables if you have the means to do so. You will know what you eat and you will not that you produce it organically.
6. Make Sustainable Energy Choices
First of all, make sure to turn off lights and electronics in your home when you are away. You should also unplug them because that will save energy and also recuse your expenses. You could also plug your electronics into power strips so when you decide to turn them all off you could do it with only one move.
You could also choose energy efficient light bulbs, and other small changes that could lead to big energy savings.
7. Try Changing Your Energy Sources
Currently, there are no systems that are completely environmental friendly and even though natural gas is very efficient, you might want to switch to a more sustainable option such as electricity. An electric stove and electric heat do not contribute to air pollution.
Do not forget to look into your area’s sustainable energy sources because they can be purchased at a lower cost sometimes. For example, you might get an option to use wind and solar panels, or water instead of coal and gas. But you have to check to see if your area offers this option.
8. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
We have talked about purchasing reused and second hand clothes many times. Rental fashion is very popular nowadays because people have realized that it is a lot cheaper to rent a dress for one night than spend the whole paycheck on an item that you won’t wear twice in your life. That is why you should rent or buy used whenever you can. You will contribute to reducing the so called fast fashion, mass production of cheap clothes, bad materials, human exploitation and environment pollution. Landfills are all over the world and impulse buying is as rampant as ever.
You could also focus on purchasing items with minimal packaging and the items that are made of recycled materials. This means that they will be recycled again and you should separate the materials in your home and dispose of them accordingly. Always check the labels on clothes, food items, everything.
9. Use Environmentally Friendly Chemicals
We are not joking when we say that toxins are all around us. Mass production and consumerism have caused the use of bad chemicals in everything, from food to clothes and cosmetics. Make sure to purchase from organic sellers and to always check the labels. Do not forget that those chemicals when washed down the drain and end up in the groundwater.
Switch from aggressive kitchen and bathroom cleaners to baking soda and salt paste. Buy detergents and cosmetics with all-natural ingredients. Avoid pesticides and herbicides and never flush the medicine. You should also dispose of toxic waste properly and according to official guidelines. Do not just throw them somewhere. And most importantly – conserve water. Fix any water leaks and use water-saving devices.
10. Get Involved and Educate Others
First educate yourself, watch documentaries and learn about the major polluters in your area. Do internet research and talk to people who might tell you more. Join environmental groups and start talking to people who were as unaware of the situation as you used to be. Protest the local polluters and tell people what you know, but not in an aggressive way. Try to educate in a gentle and professional manner so as the others won’t feel threatened or bored. Self-awareness is very important and when people get familiar with better alternatives, there is a huge possibility they will start to use them and spread the word around.
To sum up, we have talked about 10 ways you can personally prevent pollution. Some of these ways include switching to more sustainable energy sources, driving less or maintaining your car properly, buying organic food and cosmetics, conserving your water.
Small steps usually lead to big changes so if you really want to make a change, do not be lazy and look for “greener” alternatives. Then your friends and neighbors might follow you. Do you use any of these methods personally to prevent pollution? If you do, please let us know which and thanks for reading!