We must consider our actions and choices carefully. Our lifestyles affect the environment. We should use energy-efficient light bulbs and switch to non-toxic ones whenever possible. Planting trees in your backyard is a great way to save energy and combat climate change, but they also help clean the air we breathe and create a healthier world for us. Avoid using toxic cleaning products and dumping them into the ocean. Choose non-toxic alternatives instead.
Avoid single-use plastics. Plastics have a millennia-long lifespan and are a big pollutant. Plastics sit in landfills for hundreds of years without decomposing. Many people believe that it is a form of courtesy not to empty your plate after a meal. While throwing away food is a social etiquette, it is a waste of resources and is bad for the environment. Producing and transporting food requires forests and emits gases.
Deforestation is another major environmental problem. In the United States alone, we lost nearly 502,000 square miles of forests between 1990 and 2016. This is an amount equivalent to the size of South Africa. This is primarily due to animal agriculture, mining, and drilling. In many cases, these areas were deforested to grow palm oil (a common ingredient in processed food). It also destroyed the habitat of orangutans.
The use of household batteries is another environmental problem. They contain toxic chemicals and traces of mercury, and they leak into ecosystems around the world. To make matters worse, household batteries contain ink cartridges that are even more harmful. The environment is a complex system of processes, and the damage done by human behavior is far greater than we can repair. So, when it comes to the environment, what should we do?