What Are Some Environmental Problems And How You Can Help

What are some environmental problem and how you can help?Survival depends on you.Help with conservation, recycling and so much more.

THE PROBLEMS

With an ever increasing pace, the human population, of the so called civilised nations, has put material things above the beauty, magnificence and survival of the Earth. Why is money and power more important than, for example, the wonder of cool, fresh and clean spring water?

Water has been polluted and trees cut down in an endless quest for timber or new pasture land. Precious topsoil that took millennia to make, blows away in the wind and is replaced with poisons to which mankind should never have been exposed. The crisp, clean air has been filled with dirt, filth and danger. Plants and animals that have evolved in patient process, have been subjected to genetic engineering often across the species simply in the name of profit. In short, mankind had sought total control over the environment and with potentially disastrous results.

Already there are many signs of the horrors that lie ahead if we do not do something soon to stop this destructive trend. Landslides and floods caused by dramatic changes in the topography of the land; awful viruses such as Ebola and AIDS emerge from the rain forests, where they had dwelt harmless to mankind for so long, as the forests are obliterated. Those that can stop this seem not to listen and nor to care because to do so would mean an end to the carefree, money-grubbing life they seem to like so much. The politicians and corporate executives would have to forego their wasteful and orgiastic lifestyles and they are not about to let that happen.

We are rapidly approaching the point of no return. Soon, there will be real danger of an oxygen deficit as the internal combustion engine uses more and more of the life sustaining gas and production falls as an increasing number of trees disappear. Water, vital for life, will be more and more polluted and undrinkable; new diseases will launch upon society and more people will be stricken with the horrific illness that come as a direct result of the over use of chemicals in agriculture, food production and in so many industrial processes.

Each and every one of us must take a degree of responsibility for the threat under which we now live. We are the consumer and it is to satisfy our insatiable appetites that many of these things occur. Of course, some of us do try to live a lifestyle that pays heed to the environment but, often thanks to the marketing men, too many take the easy way and help to exacerbate an already critical situation.

What can the individual do to stop and, ultimately reverse the trend? Surprisingly, you might think, quite a lot and without making too much additional effort. Most of the extra effort will go into stopping to think before making buying decisions or before throwing things away.

The ideas that follow are just a few of the easy-to-do things that, individually, are small but, collectively will have a major impact and make a big difference. Remember, this is not just an exercise in simple conservation. It is an attempt to save the world from extinction and render it safe and welcoming for our children, our children's children and generations yet to come.

We have two simple alternatives. A world that is lush and green, air fresh and life bringing, water clean and sustaining. A land where children are born and grow without the fear of terrible disease or starvation, a place where Man works and lives in harmony with nature. Or a land incapable of sustaining life, mutated and grossly deformed plants, animals and humans and one that is about to drop over the edge to infinite extinction. Which do you want?

SOME WAYS TO HELP

Let's consider the everyday things that you can do to ensure the former alternative is what we get.

1. Always think carefully before buying.

a) How is the product packaged? Wasteful, unnecessary and virtually indestructible packaging can be a major threat to your environment

b) What does it contain? Be wary of lots of additives. They could be harmful to you, your children and the environment.

c) Avoid, indeed refuse, products that are made with genetically modified organisms. Eventually, unless checked, the GMO will take dominance over everything else.

d) Do not buy disposable items that can be replaced with re-useable materials. Kitchen paper is a good example. Cloths (maybe old shirts etc.) and sponges are better. If you must use paper products then look for those made out of recycled material. It will say on them and carry the symbol.

2. Buy some strong bags made of durable material that can be used over and over again.

a) Do not pick up dozens of plastic bags. Plastic does not biodegrade easily and stays in landfills for decades AND releases toxins into the soil.



b) If you have to have bags then this is one time when paper is better. Paper can be more easily recycled than plastic.

3. Discourage a surfeit of flyers to your home or mailbox

a) Tell the post office that you do not want the flyers.

b) If necessary write to the respective manufacturers who send you junk mail and tell them to stop. If they do not stop then package up all their stuff and hold it until you have a lot and then mail it back to them without postage.

c) Find out the name of the organization, in your specific country, that handles the process of getting your name of mailing lists.

4. Avoid using toxic chemicals and discourage the use by others

a) Do not look for a perfect lawn through cans of poison. Your children will play on the grass; you may lie on it. The toxins are long lasting and can be absorbed through the skin.

b) Weed killers are toxic to many beneficial insects such as the dragon-fly which eats a lot of mosquitoes.

c) If you live in an agricultural area then watch for farmers spraying pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. These are all potentially toxic to you and can be carried long distances on the wind. If you see a farmer spraying when a strong wind is blowing be prepared to report him to your local government office. It is no coincidence that the levels of impotence in farmers and of breast cancer in farmers' wives, is higher than the average.

5. Eat organically grown fruit and vegetables

a) Best of all grow your own. In some temperate climates it is possible to feed a family of four with organic vegetables throughout the year on a plot no bigger than 10' x 10'.

b) If you can grow then make sure that you can and bottle as much as you are able for use at times when certain items will be unavailable. It's possible to make delicious soups that are far more nutritional than those in the stores; you can dry fruit as leathers; freeze all kinds of fruit and vegetables and become totally self sufficient in that regard.

c) If you are unable to grow your own then seek out a local organic grower or organic store and buy from them. It will be fresh, free of chemical and be one less quantity for chemical farmers to grow! And please note that it does NOT have to be more expensive. Resist the pressure, of some less than scrupulous organic growers/sellers, to make you pay much more for such products. Research has shown that growing the organic way is not significantly more costly than other methods!

6. Think carefully about the things you can recycle or you can replace with re-useable items

a) Many computer printers have refillable cartridges. This is much cheaper and keeps empty cartridges out of the landfill

b) Think of using pencils or ink pens (fountain pens) rather than disposable ballpoint pens.

c) Do not use paper plates and cups for parties. There are lots of unbreakable and long lasting alternatives.

d) Save jars and plastic containers for canning and storage.

7. Look more to Nature for the prevention and cure of some of those common illnesses. There are lots of natural remedies on the market and your pharmacist will carry them and be happy to advise you on alternatives to medications, with bad side affects, and anti-biotics.

These are just a few ideas that, collectively, can make a big difference. There are many more I assure you. Get your children involved in thinking up ways to conserve and protect the environment. Make it into a game if necessary and reward them with some of that home grown, home made apple pie!

One major thing that needs to be done and in which everyone can play a part is to ensure that the representatives we elect do, indeed represent us. At present, their priorities are their paymasters - the corporations or labour unions - their party and, finally, if there is time you the voter. That is not the right order of priority. Lobby and harass them if necessary to ensure that your fears, views and opinions are represented fairly. If they won't listen or won't act then throw them out next time around. In the end, we have given them authority to act on our behalf and protect our interests. Can there be anything more important than the survival of the planet upon which we live?

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