Today (5 June) is World Environment Day and the biggest annual movement for positive environmental action. With this year’s theme being ‘Connecting People to Nature’, it acts as a very important reminder to appreciate and respect the earth we share.
In Australia, we are blessed with some of the best natural playgrounds in the world. Our children have an abundance of space to become scientists, adventurers, farmers, athletes and conservationists (to name a few).
Having enjoyed the beauty and benefits of nature throughout our childhood, we owe it to the world to take care of this stunning playground for generations to come.
Here are five simple ways your family can help the environment:
- Conserve natural resources
There are many ways you can reduce your impact on our natural resources. Here are just a few:
- Switch power off at the power point when electrical items are not in use.
- Switch lights off when you leave a room.
- Use LED light globes.
- Use a rake instead of a leaf blower and an outdoor broom instead of the hose to clean paths and driveways.
- Use natural ventilation and save air-conditioning for extreme weather conditions.
- Dry your clothes on a clothes line or airer rather than using the dryer.
- Conserve water by taking shorter showers, running the dishwasher and washing machine only when they are full, planting drought tolerant plants and turning the tap off while brushing your teeth.
- Use sponges and cloths instead of paper towels.
- Use paper that is 80 to 100 percent recycled.
- Even reducing the amount of meat that you eat can help the environment.
- Reduce waste
One of the biggest menaces on our environment, particularly our waterways is the abundance of plastic bag waste which does not break down. When shopping, use reusable cloth bags, and if you do have plastic bags to dispose of ensure you deposit them at the soft-plastic bin at your local supermarket – which also accept plastic wrapping and packaging.
Use re-usable water bottles rather than buying bottled water, and take the tap water option at restaurants. When packing your children’s lunches, use reusable containers rather than sandwich bags and cling wrap.
Avoid buying individually wrapped food items and instead buy in bulk. Using LED globes and recyclable batteries also helps to reduce waste.
Another problem for our waterways is disposable wipes. Under no circumstances should you flush a wipe down the toilet, even if they claim to be ‘flushable’. These build up over time in our sewerage system and cause blockages and other problems.
- Reuse, repurpose and refurbish
In today’s consumer society, we tend to buy, dispose and replace rather than reuse, repurpose and refurbish. Instead of buying a product to fill a need, look to recycle instead, for example instead of buying paper towels use old towels as cleaning cloths. Repair rather than replace durable goods such as electricals. Refurbish old furniture rather than buying new – the quality is often better and you can customise it to your liking. Donate clothes to charity rather than throwing them away and borrow or hire an item that you only need for a brief time.
- Teach our children
It’s important to teach our children about the human impact on the environment. Rather than simply telling them to switch the light off or put rubbish in the bin, take the time to explain the reasons why. Have regular conversations about how our actions affect our atmosphere, waterways and forests. Learn about the worlds advances in green energy and ask your children for their thoughts and ways they think they can help the environment.
- Reduce pollution
Take public transport, ride a bike or walk whenever possible rather than using high polluting vehicles. Carpooling can help reduce carbon emissions, as can buying local fresh produce whenever possible. Plant a tree to help reduce carbon dioxide. After a picnic place all litter in the bin, or take it home with you. Find out more at climatechangeinaustralia.gov.au.
At Trinity, our mission is to provide a thoroughly Christian education for boys, imparting knowledge and understanding of the world we live in, and recognising the importance of spiritual qualities in every sphere of learning. We actively encourage our students to be internationally-minded so they become responsible, contributing members of society.
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