With the planet in such a mess at the moment, with time running out to make massive changes it can all seem too big and scary, after all what could one person do in a planet so big. But you can’t think of it like that. People should be happy and satisfied that they are doing all they can to help and if everyone did that then the world would be better off. People shouldn’t stress about making big changes only small ones that will prevent big damage. It’s important that people think about all their actions and decide how good or bad they actually are as if nobody cared then the world would just get worse and worse and people would become more selfish.
Use public transport/walking
This is a very popular way of helping the planet but what does it actually do? Firstly, using public transport means more people are travelling for about the same fuel as a car, although it costs money, by travelling like this people will save money on petrol and can mean, especially for young teens, that they don’t have to get their parents to drive them around. Also, if you buy a yearly pass, yes it costs a lot but if you use it a lot it will work out saving you lots of money. Also, if you walk it’s a good form of exercise and is really good for your mental health.
Compost your waste
I have a big compost bin at the bottom of my garden where I put all the waste e.g. fruit and vegetables and anything else that is natural and will break down over time. Although this produces methane it’s so much better than throwing it away as it goes to landfill and loads of animals eat it and survive from it. This also means there is less in your black bin to go into the landfill, creating less waste.
Reusable shopping bags
These are becoming more common now due to the charge for plastic bags, which is a great thing to have happened and a rough average shows that by using just one reusable bag you are preventing 170 throw away bags being used. This is a huge difference and it’s so easy to do and so cheap, the average big reusable bag is between 50p-£1. However the only trouble is remembering to bring it with you, this is why you should always leave some in the back of your car and you can even buy a really small thin reusable bag that you can roll up and fold inside of itself, again being really cheap. Although this is the best option, I have noticed that places like Tesco and Sainsbury now don’t sell the thin, one use plastic bags and even their cheaper ones are either made of recycled plastic or are well made.
Take shorter showers
A stereotype for teenagers is that we spend way too long in the shower but this doesn’t have to be the case. Even if you take a long time in the shower, don’t waste water in other places, such as turning the tap off when you are brushing your teeth or save your washing up water to water the plants.
Dry your clothes naturally instead of using a dryer
This is such a simple thing to do and it’s what my family does every washing load apart from in the middle of winter with big blankets. If it’s warm and dry outside or even warm inside, just putting small items out is so beneficial and although it takes a lot longer to dry than putting it in the dryer, the dryer is such a waste of energy as it can so easily be avoided.
Buy dimmer or adjustable lights
The dimmer the light the less energy it uses, in our house we have bulbs that start dim and slowly get brighter. This is really good for creating calming lighting without having to burn candles which create fumes, lowers your electricity bills, so easy to do and so inexpensive.