by Rolando A. Inciong
You don’t need to be an environmentalist to love our Mother Earth. As an individual, you can do the following simple acts of kindness to nature:
- Volunteer at EARTHDAY.ORG and participate in many initiatives, both local and global, to Restore Our Earth.
- Support the Great Global Cleanup every September and pick up trash while enjoying your outdoor activities.
- Advocate for governments to make climate change and climate literacy a core feature of school curriculum.
- For students, add your voice to the campus climate projects and advocate for stronger environmental commitments from your college or university.
- Stop deforestation by supporting companies that take an active role against it.
- Conserve energy at home and office.
- Avoid using plastic bags. Plastic pollution is one of the most serious environmental problems that we face today.
- Fight food waste by composting.
- Change your paper bills to online billing. You’ll be saving trees and the fuel it takes to deliver your bills.
- Eat lots of vegetables instead of meat. Grow your own organic garden. Encourage your school or organization to serve more plant-based meal options and to educate students or employees about the impacts of animal agriculture on our food system.
- Convince your school or office to choose reusable utensils, trays, and dishes in the canteen.
- Help protect the butterflies, bees and other pollinators by pledging to go pesticide-free! We need pollinators to ensure the persistence of our crop yields and ensure healthy sustainable ecosystems now and in the future.
- Buy organic food to keep your body and the environment free of toxic pesticides. Support farmers and companies who use organic ingredients.
- Always read labels. Use environmentally-friendly, non-toxic cleaning products to avoid washing toxic chemicals do0n the drain.
- Last but most important, plant a tree.
Why plant trees? According to the United Nations, a single mature tree can release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support two human beings. A single mature tree can absorb 4.5 kg of air pollutants, including 1.8 kg of ozone and 1.4 kg of particulates. Trees store carbon and help slow human-caused climate change. Tree canopies and leaf litter protect the soil surface from the erosive power of rain. Trees purify our air and water. They provide food, timber and medicine. Forests provide outdoor recreation, education and eco-tourism. Over a 50-year lifetime, a tree generates $31,250 worth of oxygen, provides $62,000 worth of air pollution control, recycles $37,500 worth of water, and controls $31,250 worth of soil erosion.