How to Save the Planet in Ten Easy Steps
When searching for a category of topics to list this hub, nine out of the top 15 search results for "How to Save the Planet in Ten Easy Steps" were under 'Personal Finance'. This just shows the false importance that is put on money and the economy rather than the climate, the environment and human and animal rights.
In the last Ice Age it took the planet just six months to unleash a giant wall of ice across central Europe and the Northern Hemisphere. This is what happens when we hit a climate 'tipping point', and right now we're rushing towards more of these catastrophic events.
"Tipping points" are loops, where climate change feeds back on itself and causes rapidly accelerating, catastrophic consequences. Right now, methane gas, that is much worse for global warming than CO2, is frozen into Arctic ice. As the ice melts, the methane gas escapes into the atmosphere, increasing global warming, and melting, and releasing more and more gas... everything begins to spin out of control. And that's just one example. These tipping points are why scientists are so concerned and screaming that we have to act now.
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For more important and helpful advice on what you can do to play your part in saving our planet, please read the beautifully illustrated and inspirational hub:Mother Earth Needs Healing - Rainforests and Deforestation by Phyllis Doyle.
Save out planet,
Take a stand.
Don't be a puppet,
Show your hand.
Protect our creatures
Ban all poaching,
Have had their day,
Is the new way.
Stop tax fraud,
But help the poor.
Out the door.
Clean the water,
Save the coral,
Against the law.
Make the world
A better place,
For all God's creatures,
And our race.
10 Easy Steps to Saving the Planet
- Be kind to your fellow man. Treat everyone with respect no matter their race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, or occupation. Be accepting, not judgemental.
- Be generous. Give what you don't need to others who are without. Don't horde unessentials merely because you can afford it. You can't take them with you when you die. Wealth needs to be redistributed more evenly and ethically.
- Reduce your demand for everything. Use less electricity (turn off everything when it isn't in use), save water (install rain-water tanks, have three minute showers etc.) Try to grow your own fruit and vegetables, or at least buy fresh local produce (preferably organic and GMO free). The more you consume, the more power-coal. gas. oil, water etc is needed in its transport and production.
- Recycle. Take our own bags to the supermarket. If your council has a recycling program. take advantage of it. If not, buy as much as possible in biodegradable packaging such as cardboard boxes and paper bags rather than plastic containers.Give preference to recycled paper products. You don't always need to buy new either. Good quality used designer clothes are often available at charity-run thrift stores.Don't dispose of anything before you consider if it has another use.
- Switch to renewable energy. If possible install and use renewable energy such as solar power. The sun provides power for free and it's infinite. Also consider wind-power, hydro-electric power where suitable. Coal, oil and gas resources are being depleted at an alarming rate and their production is harmful to the environment.
- Drive your car less. This will help to reduce the production of greenhouse gases and also fuel consumption. Carpool or take public transport when possible, and when buying our next automobile consider a hybrid eco-friendly model.
- Care for Earth's creatures. They have as much right to be here as you do and they aren't destroying the environment (with the exception of some man-introduced foreign species). Protest and and fight against the slaughter and poaching of wild animals for ivory, trophies, and body parts for Asian medicine and exotic food. Don't buy products that destroy their environment eg. palm oil.
- Stop polluting. Take a stand against chemical companies and factories from polluting our seas and waterways with their toxic waste. Dispose of your trash responsibly.. don't litter.
- Repair rather than replace. In today's throw-away society, try not to replace items unless the are beyond repair. Unfortunately it is often made too expensive to have items repaired so we are forced to purchase new replacements. Sometimes however it s not too difficult to do our own repairs (electrical items should be the exception). Many tems are no longer designed to last more than a couple of years. Manufacturers do this deliberately to generate repeat sales.
- Don't be in climate change denial. Climate change and global warming are real. Treat them as such and encourage your Government to do everything possible to combat it i.e. introducing programs to reduce co2 emissions, and promote renewable energy etc. Do your bit as well.
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