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Protect The Environment

Updated on October 3, 2013

"It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment."
Ansel Adams

And what, you ask, is World Environment Day? It is celebrated each year on June 5th to make people more aware of the need to take care of our environment and it is sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme. It was first established in 1973 and the United Nations Conference is held each year in a different world city.

Each year there is a new theme and this year the theme is “Green Economy: Does it include you?”

A green economy is defined as one that helps to improve human well-being while reducing environmental risks.

Does it include you? Are you living in a green economy and what are you doing to be a part of that process? Those are the questions raised this year on World Environment Day and those are the questions I pose to you.

Do you love nature?
Do you love nature? | Source

Our Environment

Yes, it is our environment! We are the caretakers, each and every one of us, and as such it is our job to protect it and by extension to protect ourselves. I have said many times that I have very little faith in the politicians of the world. Money dictates political policy and special interest groups lobbying for big business can outspend lobbyists for the environment each and every day. Thus it becomes our responsibility to lobby on behalf of the environment.

So what is the environment?

According to our old friend Webster the environment is “the physical and biological factors along with their chemical interactions that affect an organism.”

To put it a simpler way, the environment is….well…walk outside and you are in the environment. It’s really that simple. It is the air you breathe, the water you drink, the ground you stand on…and a whole lot more.

Are You Living in a Green Environment?

"Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations."
Earl Nightingale

Only you can answer that question? What is your community doing to help the environment? Are there community programs in place? Is your state environmentally friendly? Are the politicians even aware that there is an environment?

Last year the online newspaper 24/7 Wall Street compiled data about energy consumption,pollution problems and state energy policies for all fifty states. From that data they determined the Top Ten Greenest States:

1. Vermont

2. Maine

3. New Hampshire

4. Nevada

5. Hawaii

6. South Dakota

7. Montana

8. Idaho

9. Oregon

10. Colorado

The results are probably no surprise considering that the states listed have very little in the way of major industries or manufacturing. The only surprise for this author was that my state of Washington wasn’t on the list.

The Majesty of Nature
The Majesty of Nature | Source

So What Are You Doing to Help Your Environment?

"If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos."
E. O. Wilson

Are you part of the problem or part of the solution? What can you do to lessen your footprint on this Earth?

According to top environmental leaders the most valuable actions that can be taken areas follows.

1. Have fewer children. Within the next two decades it is estimated that nine billion people will inhabit the Earth. Not good news for the planet since it is a closed system meaning it has limited resources. There is only so much clean water and clean air to go around. There is only so much land for growing food and only so much forest to provide oxygen. When will we reach the point where people outnumber resources? Leading experts believe we have already reached that point.

2. Use less water and keep it clean. Studies show that nearly a third of the people on this planet lack access to clean water. In addition 95% of the cities in the world still pump raw sewage into the water supply. Yes, 70% of the Earth’s surface is water, but very little of that is fresh water that can be used by humans. There is no new water! The same water that mastodons bathed in is still being bathed in today.

3. Eat responsibly. Buy locally grown produce so that there are less shipments which use fossil fuels. Eat only organic to lessen the use of pesticides. Eat less meat and produce; livestock currently occupy 30% of the land surface of the Earth.

4. Conserve energy. Walk, bike, carpool, do whatever you need to do to lessen the dependence on energy resources. Turn off lights, unplug appliances and weather strip doors and windows. Every little bit helps.

5. Reduce your carbon footprint. Cut down on activities that cause greenhouse gas emissions.

National America Recycles Day

Every November 15th since 1997, Americans have been working to increase recycling efforts and decrease garbage. The results are encouraging and recycling has increased nationwide every single year since 1997.

If you community does not have a recycling effort then you need to start one. Teach your children the importance of recycling. Do your part now so that the damage to our environment will be negligible for your children.

This guy is counting on us
This guy is counting on us | Source

When Is the Time to Act?

How about now? The damage to the environment has been done, is being done and will continue to be done. When do we as citizens of the world act? Is this a legacy we leave for our children? Are we waiting for another generation to wake up and smell the roses?

Teach your children to be environmentally responsible. Children emulate their parents; that is an indisputable fact that will continue and if it is fact then let’s give our children good actions to emulate. Teach them about proper energy use. Teach them about fossil fuels and proper recycling practices. Teach them to be the next stewards of the Earth.

At some point someone has to do it! Why not now?

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, we'll just keep preaching and sooner or later maybe someone other than the choir will hear.

      Hey, I'm always up for a challenge and I have no doubt you are as well.



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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Nice hub, Bill! This speaks to me because it's the way I try to live. First off, I'm doing my part by only having had one child. Whew! One's enough!

      Secondly, I recycle every thing I can. I even make my own compost from kitchen waste, toilet paper rolls, lawn clippings, etc.

      I eat fresh vegetables and fruits, buy range free organic eggs, organic milk, organic everything I can.

      I turn off lights when not in the room and have replaced all of my bulbs with the curly ones.

      I make my own cleaners from vinegar, baking soda, lemons and/or olive oil. There is no bleach in my house. Baking soda is a natural alternative achieving the same results. I keep no chemicals or pesticides in my house. In the event I need to use bug repellent, I buy plant based products.

      Some people call me Ms. Greenjeans, as I am always pushing the "go green" lifestyle. In fact, I have a series here in HP called "Green Tips".

      You're preaching to the choir, my friend. How many people can we convince to join?

      Sounds like a challenge to me!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vidya my dear friend, thank you! Your opinion means a great deal to me.

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      Vidya Mallar 5 years ago from India

      very nice and informative hub Bill. You are just working great in each hub. Voted up as usual...

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rahul, you are indeed doing your part. We just need more people aware of the importance of taking care of the Earth. Thank you my young, intelligent friend.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Fantastic hub here my friend! Environment should be on the top most priority of every individual when it comes to protection.

      I do my bit... Throw garbage where it is meant to, do not incessantly kill flowers and plants... Last year in summer holidays me and my sister planted some greens in our Verandah...

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, it is an important day. The more awareness the sooner people will change their habits..but I'm preaching to the choir. Thank you!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Too bad I missed celebrating this special day. I think it is important enough to instill in all school programs. Great suggestions on helping to keep the earth green. Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Debbie! I just wish more people like you would read and act upon it. :)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      great hub Billy.. we all should read this and be aware. and take heed



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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I had no doubt that you were a tree hugger. Just makes me respect you more. Get out there and spread the word! Thank you!

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      Maree Michael Martin 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Tree hugger here, did you have any doubt? I think this war is bigger than any earth has known, there are ways of thinking worse than bloodshed. Obviously, don't get me started, ha! I didn't know either that it was environment day, sweet! I feel so on schedule, sine I actually found it on the given day! Horray! Many of us continue to participate in the environmental issues of the North Cascades. Totally awesome hub, that makes me think and spread the word!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MWilliams, I would be a raving lunatic if I was in politics. Thanks for the suggestion but I kind of like my sanity. :)

      I have several "friends" who also believe that we are not killing the planet. I can only shake my head in bewilderment; I simply do not understand that kind of thinking.

      Thanks as always; I am way behind in my duties of supporting others. I will be by shortly.

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      mwilliams66 5 years ago from Left Coast, USA

      I too read the list of top ten green states and was shocked that Washington was not on it. I moved to California last year and was absolutely appaled by the lack of green behavior here. I know that several UC schools are leading the pack with self sustaining buildings, but as for the rest of the state...Let's just say I'm quite disappointed.

      I actually spoke with someone last week, who said that it's ridiculous to say that we are killing the planet and need to change our habits. I was quite taken aback. It saddens me to think that people are still so unaware of the destruction we are imparting on our world.

      As Peggy W said, "It will take all of this working together to stop this timebomb".

      Fantastic hub as always billybuc. Absolutely loved it. I do believe you should become a part of the political machine sir.

      By the way, I loved the photos. I have so missed seeing Mt Ranier off in the distance. Ahh the majesty and beauty of WA.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Peggy, obviously I agree with you completely. If we can only get the other seven billion people to agree with us we should be in good shape. Thank you my friend.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Terrific hub on such an important topic. Had no idea that today was the World Environment Day. Every day should be just that! Up votes and SHARING so that more people become aware. It will take all of us working together to stop this time bomb which lies ahead of us if nothing is done. Good job on this hub!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lord, I may have to get over my hatred of politics or, as you suggested, find a way to be a part of the system that does not include dealing with politicians. :) Thank you for the mention in your hub; that was gracious of you.

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Hahaha to TToombs08!

      Gee!... Back to Billybuc. Nature is as wise as its creator, meaning it can be a time bomb that will expode in our hands any, second, minute, hour or Year. We, the human race can hardly live over those 90 years spanning. Nevertheless, we never learn from the past. In the last 60 years, we have caused more damage than in the last 2,000 years. In 20 years we will amount to 9 billion souls... meaning that we will grow just over those 28%. We need to act and call our Congressman-- I know you hate politics, send a letter to the UN or just knock the neighbors door to make a plan, a green plan. Thanks Billy for this enlightening hub! Pleasure to read you!


      PS mentioned you on my last hub

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm sorry, Sis! I'm just a dark cloud in your life, aren't I? LOL Thank you!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Well, there goes my plans to have 12 more kids, water the yard 24/7 and only use styrofoam dishes! take all the fun out of living. :) Great hub, Bill! :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Natasha, I think there are some who don't "go green" because it is an inconvenience. Others because it can be more expensive...there are many reasons to not go green but only one to do so...because it's the right thing to do. Thank you my dear!

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I learn new things from your hubs all the time! First wetlands month, Environment Day. I think people associate living 'green' with high cost, but a lot of times living green is less expensive. I bike to work almost every day (as you know) because it's healthy and saves me a lot of money on gas, but it also happens to be very green. Organic produce flown in from Chile may cost more than 'conventional' foods at the grocery store, but using a local farmers' market can equate to lower food costs.

      Thanks for yet another fantastic hub!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Paula, I'll be right over to see that hub! I'm more excited to read that than I am to write my own right now...good for you and hey, guess what? Thank you!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Hey bill....Guess who? I confess. I am a fairly proper environmentalist....without being a fanatical tree-hugger. I'm into NOT LITTERING....and I know it's hard for you to believe, but I'm vocal about it.

      I had no idea World Environment had a DAY on the calendar. (I just had a great idea for a future hub!!)

      Thanks for the inspiration.......OH, and speaking of....I've published Part I of that "someday" hub you have encouraged me to get busy on.......Later, buddy.