What Can I Do To Help?
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What Can I Do To Help?

Looking for ways to go green? Here's what you can do to help this planet!

UTICA College

Many of us are aware that as a species we're not decreasing in number, rather growing. Due to the population flourishing, our natural resources keep depleting. We're left with a miserable amount of wildlife, ocean life, land, and overall with little to no raw material on this planet. The question "What can I do?" stays at a standstill, because although we can all admit this planet is not what it used to be, we don't want to change our ways. Those very same habits can save the planet if they're never done again.

Granting that there are thousands, possibly millions, of companies and organizations that are committed to destroying Earth, a small number of people can't change it for the rest of the human race; so, everyone is encouraged to partake in doing something. Notably, talking about saving this luminous body we inhabit isn't everybody's cup of tea. Some believe that doing a small thing can't possibly do anything, therefore it's a waste of time. Get this... it's not!

If you're not big on change, a small transition might be best. Doing something as minuscule as turning off the tap when you're brushing your teeth or recycling old material are significant enough. That might in turn encourage you to want to do more! In contrast, If you want to do something big, but don't have a clue where to start, the first step could be changing what you buy and how you use it. Sustainable products are your best bet. Those being products "that provide environmental, social and economic benefits while protecting public health and environment over their whole life cycle, from the extraction of raw materials until the final disposal." If you're not familiar with any products or they aren't available to you, just avoid buying products containing harmful chemicals, harmful earth extractions like palm oil, and simply things that are organic or biodegradable!

If you don't really have time to look into every product you want and would rather look into buying things under the same brand to avoid misconduct, there are tons of alternatives! Some examples are Jason Naturals, Tom's of Maine, JustNatural, Ecotools, Kimono, etc...
No, it's not always cheap to be kind to the earth but it counts for a lot!
If your initial response to this wasn't that you wanted to completely change your lifestyle, that's fine! Although, I can't say it's not beneficial. Your body and the globe will thank you.

If in the case that you wanted to go beyond just sustainable essentials or wanted to do something more hands-on, there's still a lot of things that can be done! An instance might be to plant a garden! Growing your own food can reduce the amount of agricultural produce being contributed to, which is something to be avoided in this process! Some other instances are riding a bike or walking to school and work instead of using a car, composting your waste, using less plastic, change to energy efficient products for the home, going vegan, the list goes on!

You should not have to go above and beyond to be green! Small changes and actions go a long way. Don't be afraid to try new things, you could end up being the leader in the next big movement towards saving our wandering star!

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