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Going Green: How You Can Hulk Out For Our Planet!
All of us have heard it mentioned at least once (or a gazillion times) in our lifetime.
What is Climate Change?
Climate change means an enviromental change in a region or a city, or the entire planet. Some climatic changes can be caused naturally, but it can also be influenced by the actions of man. The main cause of climate change is expansion of the Green House Effect, which is trapping of the sun's warmth in a planet's lower atmosphere due to the greater transparency of the atmosphere to visible radiation from the sun than to infrared radiation emitted from the planet's surface. (https://climate.nasa.gov/causes/)
An Analogy For Our Role in Climate Change
Bacteria can be beneficial, but it can also be harmful. Let's compare the human body to the Earth. The body is the host, just like the Earth is our host. Naturally, the Earth has it's own resources that keeps it thriving. The resources found on Earth can be compared to the beneficial bacteria that inhabits a body.
An example of these resources are:
- The oxygen provided from trees.
- The rains to provide sustenance to vegetation.
- The wind to influence temperatures.
- The water that provides sustenance for living.
Almost every natural thing on found on/around Earth provides and protects. (i.e The Ozone layer, Gravity, etc.). All of this is natural defenses to the host. (Sounds like good bacteria, huh?)
So what happens when you add in a few harmful bacteria? They multiply and scatter in the host, and destroy cells. Humans are the bacteria in this example:
This is what happens when humans inhabit a planet.
- The trees get cut down,
- Plants are sprayed with harmful chemicals, killing pollinators.
- Toxins are dumped in the waterways, killing the life inside the oceans and streams.
- Coal, oil and other fossil fuels are burned releasing CO2 into the air, which causes a global heating effect.
If bad bacteria remains unchecked, it will eventually kill the living host.
If you're thinking, "What does all this have to do with me?"
Everything! You're an inhabitant of Earth, it affects you and all of your loved ones!
But How Can I Help?
There are lots of things we all can do to help our planet:
1. In our communities:
- Raise Awareness: If others are made aware of Climate Change, and are properly educated with factual information; It may spark a movement! A chain reaction is what is needed to set things in motion.
- Petition/Fund Raising: Petitions are another great way to raise awareness. Petition your counties, petition your states to provide greener resources, such as, recycling trashcans, bins if you do not have them, community gardens, enforcing Laws, etc. Have fund raisers to donate to environmental protection/ research agencies.
- Trash Pick Up: Cleaning up trash may seem like a tedious task but in the long run, it really helps. Cleaning up trash, and preventing litter reduces toxins in the environment, and protects us and our animals. Having friends/family/community members get together for one cause can make a huge difference.
- Reduce, Re-use, and Recycle: The Three R's, a strong combination when practiced together.
-Reduce and Re-Use by buying used or reusable items instead of disposable; find products with less packaging; maintain/repair products instead of buying new; and borrow, rent, or share items that you use infrequently. (www.usa.gov/green).
-Recycle by collecting and converting waste materials (including glass, paper, metal, plastic, tires, textiles, and electronics) into reusable items. Most communities run a recycling program. Check with your local government to learn how to participate. You can also recycle food and garden waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer by compositing.(www.usa.gov/green)
2. In our Homes/ Everyday Life
- Greener Products/ Materials: Simply switching products you use everyday for a better alternative can help. For Green products/ building materials visit: https://www.greendepot.com/greendepot/
- Biking / Walking / Carpooling: If your work or errand running locations are near your home, try switching to a bike or walking. This will help reduce pollution from vehicles. If you need to ride in a car for medical reasons, or you just hate exercise, Carpooling is the way to go!
For more home tips visit this article: http://www.sheknows.com/home-and-gardening/articles/807479/52-cheap-ways-to-go-green
3. Things You Can Do to Support Agencies:
- Research: Research, research and research some more! Research opens up a lot of opportunities to learn, educate, and gain resources. It's best to research an accredited website, which are mainly websites ending in .gov or .org.
- Donate: Donating to an Environmental Research Facilities, or Protection agencies will help provide research on better ways to protect the earth. (I will post links at the end of the article)
So Hulk out, and go green! What are you waiting for?!
Of course, it's not complete without a Starlord quote.
- How Do I Recycle?: Common Recyclables | Reduce, Reuse, Recycle | US EPA
- Green Products, Green Building Materials | Green Depot
Green products and green building materials provided by Green Depot for homeowners and professionals, with an emphasis on great design and non-toxic, environmentally-friendly materials.
- What Are Climate and Climate Change? | NASA
To learn about climate change, you first must know what climate is.
- Earth and the Environment; USA.gov
Find government information on energy, green technology, pollution, wildlife, and more.
Donate to Protect Our Earth
- The Foundation for a Healthy Planet | The Sierra Club Foundation
The Sierra Club Foundation promotes climate solutions, conservation, and movement building through a powerful combination of strategic philanthropy and grassroots advocacy. The Foundation is the fiscal sponsor of Sierra Club’s charitable environmenta
- Earth Island Institute | Welcome
Earth Island Institute organizes and encourages activism around environmental issues and provides public education. Through fiscal sponsorship, it provides the administrative and organizational framework for more than 50 individual projects.
- Ocean Conservancy
We use the best in science-based solutions to tackle the biggest threats to our ocean. Join the Fight for a Healthy Ocean.
- Earthjustice: Environmental Law: Because the Earth Needs a Good Lawyer | Earthjustice
Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people's health, to preserve magnificent places and wildlife, to advance clean energy, and to combat climate ch
- Home | Rainforest Alliance
Working with you to rebalance the planet through sustainable transformation in agriculture, forestry, and tourism. Strong forests and thriving communities benefit us all.
- Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth strives for a more healthy and just world. We understand that the challenges facing our planet call for more than half measures, so we push for the reforms that are needed, not merely the ones that are politically easy.
- Greenpeace Fund
Greenpeace is a diverse, multi-cultural movement of ordinary individuals determined to bring about the extraordinary change necessary to realize a greener, more peaceful future.
EWG empowers people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With breakthrough research and education, we drive consumer choice and civic action.
Our mission is to safeguard the Earth, its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends. Top Rated Charity!
- UCS: Independent Science, Practical Solutions | Union of Concerned Scientists
The Union of Concerned Scientists puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet's most pressing problems. Accredited charity!