HOBART, N.Y. – The recent oil disaster in the Gulf Coast demonstrates the devastating effects our dependence on oil has on the ocean, wildlife, and very own selves. Not only an immediate loss of jobs, wildlife, and the coastal marshes are the result. There is profound reason to be concerned for the health of the marine life in the Gulf region for generations to come. This crucial time has called for us to make changes to our environmental habits and to invest in the future of our planet.
There is a limit to fossil fuels. Oil has been an abundant resource for hundreds of years, but supplies are becoming scarcer. Indeed the scarcity of oil has led to an increase in oil prices and riskier exploration, making it important and economical for consumers to focus on efficiency of usage. Efficiency in the home, car, and in life can not only save money, it can help the environment. With our sources of fuel running out, it is now the time to research, invent, and utilize alternative and better ways to live.
We also need to be mindful of the impact of the spill on our precious water supplies. Indeed, this catastrophic release of oil into the Gulf undoubtedly affects our environment in ways both seen and unseen and risks polluting the most important resources for sustaining human life, water.
You Can Save the Earth (Hatherleigh Press, 2010), recently released in both paperback and eBook, offers these simple ways to achieve the goal of bettering our planet’s health.
Love the Earth. A deeper understanding of your relationship with the Earth, and the joy and health it brings you, is important to changing your behavior to accommodate the Earth’s needs.
Make wiser choices. In this day and age, there are a plethora of products that offer energy-saving, environmentally friendly options for the home and business.
Choose to reduce. Reducing energy usage and consumption are great ways to help the environment and save money. Make use of public transportation that you pay for indirectly through taxes. A nice day could also encourage the use of a bike ride to work or the place you may have thought of driving to.
Embrace green technology. Compact Fluorescent Lights offer a more energy efficient alternative to incandescent lights. Adding insulation to your home can help you reduce your energy consumption and save you money.
Recycle, reuse, and repair: The rampant consumerism and short-lived product life spans we see today are relatively recent developments. During more challenging economic times people often made do with what they had. This meant repairing things in unique and inventive ways. Next time you are considering throwing something away in favor of buying a new copy, think of ways you could continue to use or it or repair it.
Think local. Buy locally grown foods purchased at farmer’s markets; this is a great way to increase your health with fresh produce, as well as increase the local economy, and make use of our usable land. And if your market is close to home, save gas and consider a bike ride to get your food items; these are all ways that you can contribute to your local community, save energy, and live a healthier life.
Cherish the Earth’s precious gifts. We have been blessed with a beautiful home, a beautiful environment, and an often picturesque habitat in which we can grow and thrive. It is important to appreciate the beauty and opportunity that the Earth offers us, and in turn work to respect the Earth and conserve its natural wonder and beauty.
You Can Save the Earth focuses on real-life, simple solutions to many of our global problems, and emphasizes steps that can be taken on an individual basis or on a local level to promote environmental awareness and conservation and that can begin today.
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