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How to Help Protect and Save the Earth

Updated on December 14, 2012
Earth
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We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children - Ancient Native American Proverb


One person may not be able to change the environment all by themself. But, if a lot of people make small changes in their daily life, this can make a big difference to the planet as a whole. Below is a list of things you can do to help protect and save the Earth.

Recycle
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Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

  • If you are trying to choose between two products, pick the one with the least packaging.
  • If something can be repaired, repair it instead of buying a new one.
  • Use durable products like plates, cups, silverware, and cloth napkins instead of buying paper products that are thrown away after one use.
  • When buying new, purchase products made of recycled materials.
  • Recycle everything you can. Most products can be recycled, either by setting them out with your recycling or my composting them.

Unplug when not in use
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Unplug When Not In Use

Unplug any appliances when not in use.

Conserve Water

  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
  • Take quick showers.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and/ or laundry.
  • Repair leaky faucets.
  • Sweep outdoor walkways and driveways instead of using a hose to clean them.

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Leave you car at home.

Travel by foot, bike, carpool, or mass transit whenever you can.

Compost

Reducing the amount of solid waste you produce means less in landfills.

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
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Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Change your light bulbs to Compact Fluorescent light bulbs (CFL's).

Clean your air filters so your system doesn't have to work harder.

Use a programmable thermostat.

Turn off the lights and appliances when you are not using them.

Maintain your Car

Keep the tires inflated. Underinflated tires decrease fuel economy by up to 3%.

Protect the Ocean

Don't dump anything into the ocean or waters.

Collect Rainwater

Collect rainwater to use around your house. You could use it to wash your car or water your grass when it is dry instead of turning on the sprinkler.

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Purchase Energy Star Appliances

If your applicances go out and they have to be replaced, purchase Energy Star appliances. These appliances can save you up to 30% in energy cost and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Cars

If you need to buy a car, purchase a smaller more fuel efficient car.

Eliminate Toxic Cleaners

Store bought cleaners are handy but most of them are toxic and bad for the environment. Vinegar and baking soda work wonders cleaning the house. They actually work better on some jobs than the store bought cleaners. For instance, I heated up a cup of vinegar in my microwave and the mess in my microwave wiped right out with minimal effort.

Be Vocal

Pass ideas about protecting the Earth on to your friends. Explain to them why it is important. We are responsible for protecting the earth for future generations. And, let your government representatives know how you feel. Sierra Club and Green Peace are always working on causes that you can participate in by writing or calling your members of congress. The links to the Green Peace and Sierra Club Action Sites are below.

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks shiningirisheyes! I appreciate it!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I am sharing this hub as I think it is important for everyone to do their part. Great write.

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      That is a great suggestion cardiff martian! Thanks for sharing!

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      cardiff_martian 4 years ago

      Neat article. As you say, one person can't undo all the damage, but we can all help. As part of being vocal, I also join in the occasional internet campaign to try and keep big business and government on their environmental toes - we need a change of attitude in the boardrooms and cabinet offices so that products and services are available which make it easier for the rest of us to be green.

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      Kimberly Vaughn 5 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks NCBler! That is one of my favorite quotes. I think of it often. And, I do love to use vinegar while cleaning. I have to buy the big containers because I go through it so quickly.

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      NCBIer 5 years ago

      I love your quote at the beginning. So true. I had never thought to put vinegar in the microwave, but will from now on. I use it in the dishwasher instead of rinse aid. Vinegar is one of those wonder products I think, so many uses and so easy on the environment. Thank you for the hub!