by Jayne Holden
(New York, USA)
You don’t have to be an environmental activist to care about the environment, and you don’t have to make major changes in your life to have a major impact on the world around you. Simple changes to the way you live and the way you interact with the world around you can really add up.
Something as simple as composting your household waste or picking up trash on the beach can have a profound impact on the environment. That impact can be magnified even more when others join in and make the same changes to their lives.
No matter what your age, you can make a positive change in your life, and that can in turn make a positive impact on the environment. You might want to start with small changes your whole family can join in on, like reducing the amount of prepared foods they buy and cooking more fresh and locally grown produce at home. Cutting down on packaged foods reduces the amount of trash that ends up in landfills and allows you to compost more of the food waste your family generates.
Speaking of composting, it is an excellent way to reduce your impact on the environment and get some rich soil for your organic garden. You can build a great compost bin in the backyard for less than $100 and use it to compost leaves, yard waste, food scraps and more. You can even find portable compost bins you can keep in your kitchen. No matter which option you choose, the environment will thank you for your thoughtfulness
You can also help the environment by recycling as much as you can, and reducing the amount of trash your family generates Many different products can be recycled, from plastic bottles and packaging materials to aluminum cans and cardboard. Check with the municipality where you liveand ask about the recycling programs they have in place. Be sure to recycle as much as you possibly can. You will keep products out of landfills, and you will reduce the amount of waste your family produces dramatically.
It will help the environment even more if you can give your unwanted products a new lease on life Instead of tossing out that old cell phone or MP3 player, consider giving it away to a friend or donating it to a worthy charity. You will feel good about yourself, and you will be doing your part to help the environment.
After you have done your part at home to help the environment, you can enjoy a wonderful stroll on the beach and do even more. Simply bringing a trash bag along on your walk allows you to keep the beach clean and safe for everyone who comes after you. You will also be keeping potential contaminants out of the ocean and the water supply for the world.
No matter how you choose to go about it, you have many ways to make a positive impact on the world around you. Making a series of small changes in the way you live, the things you buy and how you enjoy nature can have a profound impact on the environment – and on your view of the world.