Written by SARAH HENSON
There are many issues surrounding the use and protection of the environment our society is currently living in. Factors such as climate change, pollution and global warming provide an indication as to how effectively our resources are being put to use. Given the limitations of natural resources it is important to efficiently use and preserve what we currently have for future generations.
As an individual it is simple for you to make a difference, here’s seven easy tips how:
1. Turn off electrical appliances
Often we leave a room with the lights and television still on. Ensure that all electrical devices are switched off when they are not being used. Saving energy not only helps the environment but can also reduce your electricity bill!
2. Turn off the tap
It sounds simple but taps can be left running and water becomes wasted without us even realising. Using water efficiently can save up to thirty litres a day, so remember to watch the tap when brushing your teeth, washing your hands and even when doing the dishes.
3. Recycle your waste
Through the simple act of recycling we are able to encourage economic benefits that save energy and natural resources. This can be done either at home or on campus for items such as plastic, glass, paper and aluminium. So make sure you separate recyclable items from those that belong in the waste bin!
4. Use public transport
Each time we drive somewhere, a ‘carbon footprint’ is left, emitting carbon dioxide into our atmosphere and adding to the risk of climate change. Rather than driving to every destination, find out if public transport is an option. By catching the bus, train, tram or even walking you can also save money on petrol and parking fees!
5. Look for environmentally friendly products
Products that when produced or used are considered to do minimal or no harm to the environment. Become familiar with the ‘eco-friendly’ labels on products such as energy ratings on electrical items and the water efficiency labelling of various shower heads, taps and water tanks.
6. Don’t litter
Littering often results in pollution which comes in various forms, particularly air and water pollution. Correctly disposing of waste not only helps to reduce the level of pollution but also provides a clean and healthy environment for us to live in. Simply making sure your rubbish makes it to the bin is an easy step we can all take towards helping the environment.
7. Volunteer and get involved
Helping out in the local community is a great way to create awareness and clean up the environment. The Australian Government facilitates various organisations that assist with Natural Resource Management Activities.
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