Our resources are constantly depleting—and it’s happening faster.
But you can do something about it.
Environmental sustainability has been defined by the Brundtland Commission as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Sustainability requires that we use our natural resources only at a rate that can be replenished naturally.
This means that even if trees are dying because we allow ourselves to meet our needs, (like building houses and making paper), we also have to consider that it takes time for newer ones to replace them. If we don’t do this, we allow for environmental degradation, which may lead to more future harms that may not only affect you, but also the people around you.
We Can Do Something
Though a lot of government and non-government organizations are already trying their best to address this with their high-end technology and with all other things that only grown-ups with degrees can do, you still have to power to allow for more change.
So, what can you do to help? Here are some helpful tips and strategies we’ve gathered for you to be able to help the environment in your own simple way. Get your checklists at the ready!
- SKIP THE STRAW AND THE STIRRER
- Each year, Americans throw away 138 billion straws and stirrers. But skipping the stirrer doesn’t mean drinking your coffee or chocolate raw and all. A professor from our college advises rolling the pack of your 3-in-1 coffee or chocolate milk drink and using it as substitute stirrer! As for straws, simply telling your friend from the restaurant counter to skip it is fine as it is. Be brave to skip the norm and be one of the heroes of the environment.
- AVOID USING PLASTIC BAGS
- Plastics are not biodegradable. Use ecobags instead. They are not only inexpensive, but environment-friendly also.
- PICNIC WITH A MARKER
- During outings with friends, you bring a lot of plastic or paper cups for our sodas and fruit juices. The problem is, you lose track of them or your cup gets mixed up with your friends’ cups. So, instead of finding yours easily, you get a new one, adding up to your bulk of trash, harming the environment more. Next time, mark your cups so everyone will only use one.
- TURN OFF THE LIGHTS
- Save more energy!
- PLANT A TREE
- Instead of celebrating your birthday party with flashy, colorful poppers, plant a tree! There is no trash to dispose of and you get to do something good for the air, the land, and add some shade to your house.
- ATTEND ENVIRONMENTAL SEMINARS
- Most schools nowadays conduct environmental seminars to inform and motivate students to help the environment. Join one and know how you can do more for Mother Earth.
- SPREAD AWARENESS
- Simply telling your friends that they can also help contribute a lot! Share your knowledge through social networking, or even during your tiny talks on the table with your family and friends.
Yes, wanting to help the environment doesn’t have to be a high-end, adult-only task. All these simple acts for the environment can make a huge difference.
Pocket your checklists now and start to take action. Don’t forget to come back to share your environment-friendly stories to us! Good luck!
-Aya Baltazar, Jerikka Cebanico