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Protect Our Environment - Things You Can Do

Updated on November 8, 2018
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Vivianne loves nature and has university and work qualifications in Environmental Chemistry and Environmental Studies.

Reuse/Rduce/Recycle - Empty milk and juice packet put to good use.
Reuse/Rduce/Recycle - Empty milk and juice packet put to good use. | Source
Used Tyres - Ideal for Planting Fkowers
Used Tyres - Ideal for Planting Fkowers | Source
Reuse/Recycle/Reduce - Empty fuel drum, used as a rubbish bin.
Reuse/Recycle/Reduce - Empty fuel drum, used as a rubbish bin. | Source
Crate -used as a flower pot.
Crate -used as a flower pot. | Source

Lets be responsible as an individual, an organization, a company and as a nation.

Starting from the home, as an Individual you can do the following;

1. Reuse, Recycle, Reduce. If you can reuse an empty bottle, packet or box or turn it into something useful, that would be great for the environment. eg.

  • Use a reusable bag or reuse old plastic bags for your shopping instead of using the plastic bags at the shop.
  • Use shopping bags as rubbish bin liners instead of using garbage bags.
  • Build a new home with used material.
  • Collect and sell aluminium cans to recycling companies.
  • use clothe diapers instead of disposal diapers.
  • Use less paper. When printing, print on both sides of the paper. Remove unnecessary information from your document and only print what is necessary. Reduce the size of your font so you can fit a document on one page rather than two pages.Do not print large documents. If you need them, save documents on Use CD/DVD, external drives and usb.
  • Reduce water use. Do not let the tap run while you brush your teeth. Share a bath with someone or reduce your time under the shower. Use the waste water from the kitchen sink or laundry to water your garden, wash your car on the lawn so that the waste water can also water the lawn.

2. Lifestyle change. Make some chances to the way you do things. For examples;

  • Ride a bicycle or use public transport to go to work
  • Allocate a day each week as a car free day.
  • Plant as many trees as you can around your unit, house or property.
  • Use energy efficient lights bulbs.
  • Use solar energy instead of electrical energy.
  • Replace plastic wraps with storage containers with lids.
  • Use non disposable products (eg. a mug) instead of disposable ones (a plastic cup)
  • Walk to a nearby grocery store instead of driving.
  • Dry clothes out in the sun instead of using tumble driers.
  • Do not throw non degradable waste out of a moving vehicle.
  • in winter, wear warm sweaters and use less heat from heaters.

3. Avoid Destructive Habits eg.

  • Avoid cutting down trees to make charcoal or gardens.
  • Do not burn forest or grass.
  • Do not use explosive or chemicals and natural tubers to starve fish of oxygen eg. cyanide fishing.
  • Do not discharge sewer directly into water ways or oceans.
  • When fishing, hunting take only what you can eat. Do not take the small one or more than necessary.
  • Avoid throwing non biodegradable waste overboard ships, boats, canoes and any other water crafts.
  • Do not liter.

3. Be involved

  • Join or support environmental groups such as Greenpeace, Nature Conservation Inc. and Friends of the Earth etc.
  • Take part in activities on world environment days eg. plant a tree.
  • Report pollution, littering and illegal dumping.
  • Have your say in Environmental Impact Assessment for any major developments

Mining - low grade ore stockpile, potential  source of acid mine drainage must be managed prior to discharge into streams, rivers or the sea.
Mining - low grade ore stockpile, potential source of acid mine drainage must be managed prior to discharge into streams, rivers or the sea. | Source

and as a Company or Organisation

1. Be responsible at corporate level.

  • Integrate policies for environmental management and monitoring into overall company policies
  • Use Environmental Management Systems eg. ISO14001.
  • Publicise company environmental reports, quarterly, yearly or as often as required.
  • Allocate sufficient resources for environmental management and monitoring.
  • Promote and support environmental awareness programmes and initiative within the workplace and the community.
  • respond to community concerns on environmental issues.
  • best management practices should be adopted to control environmental changes.

2. Design and produce environmentally friendly products

  • eg. produce cars that runs on solar power or electricity.
  • Develop alternate fuel energy eg.convert bio-waste (human waste or animal feaces) to produce gas for cooking
  • produce wind mills to generate clean energy.
  • Develop transport systems that use clean fuel. eg. use electric train instead of coal powered.
  • Use biodegradable material to package products
  • use less packaging.
  • produce effective chemicals (dispersant) to break down oil on water.
  • produce lead free petrol for cars.
  • installing efficient scrubbers to remove sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and carbon dioxide from industrial effluents going into the air.

3. Recycle/Reduce/Reuse by limit amount of wastage, reuse material or recycle where possible eg.

  • convert humans waste into fertilizers.
  • treat waste water for reuse in homes.
  • buy back used ink cartridges and refill.
  • buy back soft-drink bottles and reuse or make new bottles.
  • reconditioned used tyres
  • use waste water to create wet lands for birds and other animals.
  • recycle waste paper to produce new paper, boxes, packing materials etc.
  • reduce or ban use of CFC in products.

4. Sustainable Practices

  • Extract resources (eg. logs, minerals, oil & gas) from the land without causing too much disturbance to the land, water ways, air and the lives of people.
  • Harvest resources (fish, crustaceans, sea cucumbers, seaweeds) from the sea without causing too much harm. eg. only harvest what you need instead of using dredge net so you pick up every other thing on the ocean floor or long nets so every other creature gets caught in the nets.
  • Do not encourage non environmentally friendly activities, eg. buying charcoal in tonnes or truckloads.
  • Large agriculture or farming activities should adopt environmentally sound practises eg.use less chemical pesticides and fertilisers and plant trees along the perimeter of their properties.
  • Abide by the limits set in environmental permits such as water use permits, waste disposable permits, sewage discharge permits etc.
  • Have control of what goes into the storm water drains, directly into streams, rivers and the air from the industries by monitoring.

City beautifully lit up with lights - amount of lighting can be reduced to conserve energy.
City beautifully lit up with lights - amount of lighting can be reduced to conserve energy. | Source
Eco-Tourism - Tourist on the Zambezi River, Zambia
Eco-Tourism - Tourist on the Zambezi River, Zambia | Source

and as a COUNTRY do the following;

  • Develop and implement stringent environmental protection laws, policies, regulations, guidelines and standards to protect the air, sea, land, animal and human health.
  • Ensure laws are available to prosecute those who fail to comply.
  • Establish and support authoritative bodies eg. Department of Environment & Conservation or Environmental Protection Agencies, Office of Climate Change to ensure compliance and enforce laws and regulations.
  • Have control over how natural resources are used. Issue permits and licences to extract resources eg. mining permit, hunting permit, water use permit, fishing, logging and ensure that the activities comply with the contents of the permit.
  • Have control of what is discharged into the environment by issuing permits eg. sewage disposal permit, tailings disposal permits, mine waste disposal permit, carbon discharge permits and ensure that the activities comply with the requirements in the permits.
  • Work together with neighbouring countries, states, private firms and organisations and Non Government Organisations to develop plans and combat environmental issues of national or regional significance eg. climate change, biodiversity conservation, land degradation, ozone layer depletion etc
  • To ensure there is biodiversity in plants and animals by funding research programmes and management projects for this purpose eg. in National Parks and Wildlife services.
  • Observe the importance of days like '''The World Environment Day" .
  • Encourage and promote eco-tourism which may be also an area of responsibility for the National Parks and Wildlife Services.

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  • bulama2 profile imageAUTHOR

    Vivianne Kanawi 

    5 years ago

    hi chetan,

    nature can be protected or saved if humans do not litter and dump waste (used things) overboard ships, boats, control what goes into drains, rivers from storm water etc.

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    chetan 

    5 years ago

    i had asked that protecting nature from used things!

  • bulama2 profile imageAUTHOR

    Vivianne Kanawi 

    6 years ago

    Hi Angelique,

    Thankyou for your comment and the vote.

  • Angelique Newman profile image

    Angelique Newman 

    6 years ago from Canada

    Your hub is filled with great ideas to better our planet. Thanks for sharing bulama2. I voted it up and interesting :)

  • bulama2 profile imageAUTHOR

    Vivianne Kanawi 

    6 years ago

    Hi HoneyBB,

    Thank you for your comments. Iam glad you find this helpful.

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    H Lax 

    6 years ago

    This information is very helpful in giving people ways to preserve our planet for future generations.

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