Environment In Crisis
Over the past few decades, scientists have been warning about a coming environmental crisis, of which a major concern is climate change. Over time, the media has picked up on this concern and told stories about melting polar sea ice, as campaigners have mourned the loss of habitats.
With the weather becoming more and more unpredictable, the effects of this environmental crisis are becoming harder and harder to ignore. The good news is that it’s not too late to avoid a catastrophic scenario and by acting now we can ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.
It’s well known that recycling is good for the environment, but here are the 3 top reasons why it helps to reduce our impact on the planet:
- It reduces the demand for new material – every product we consume depends on natural resources, when these are from non-recycled sources this means that they need to be mined from various places around the globe. Mining practices are generally damaging for the environment and can cause large areas of habitat to be destroyed. Recycling material means that the need to get new resources in greatly reduced.
- It saves energy – by recycling materials, the amount of energy needed to produce a finished product is significantly reduced, even when you take into account the transportation and other energy uses. As the majority of the world’s energy comes from fossil fuels, which emit greenhouse gasses, such as CO2, by recycling you reduce your carbon footprint.
- It reduces the amount of landfill – by taking usable material from products we no longer use, the amount of material in landfill waste sites is reduced. This means less environmental damage in the creation of new landfill sites and less greenhouse emissions, such as methane, which are emitted from such sites.
Good News About Recycling
Whilst environmentalism can get a bad name for being all doom and gloom, by focusing on the negative aspects of our current ways of living, going green doesn’t have to be a chore. On top of the very good reasons for recycling, given above, going green can also be a lot of fun and can have additional benefits for you.
One way of making recycling fun is by getting kids involved in the sorting of recyclable goods and is a great way to learn about the environment. There are also potential financial benefits from recycling your unwanted items.
By using certain clothes recycling services, it is possible to get paid for the clothes you no longer wish to wear. Thus, it is possible to save the planet and save cash at the same time. What’s more is that many people find going green addictive; once they start making small changes to their lifestyle, they often find themselves wanting to take further steps to reduce their impact on the Earth. So, watch out, you may only intend to start recycling your waste, but might find yourself hugging trees sooner than you think.
The author is a professional environmental educator who works mainly with children and youth to find fun ways to engage with the environmental issues facing our world. He is also a writer on a number of blogs and has a degree in Earth Sciences. As nature is one of his passions he is also a keen hiker and wildlife watcher.