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10 things young Pinoys can do to help save Mother Earth

November 12, 2010


April 20, 2010, 2:36pm


Forty years of celebrating Earth Day, 40 years of educating people about saving Mother Earth. Yet, she is still in a peril greater than ever.

But we should not be fainthearted for there is still hope — and it is all in our hands.

Every little thing we do, we are contributing to the welfare of the world may it be for the better or for the worse. So it is just right that we make ourselves conscious of what we can do to help the environment with the crisis that it is experiencing.

Here are 10 things that young people can do, in their own little way, to help this planet a better and safer place to live in for generations to come:

1. CONSERVE ELECTRICITY – Unplug electrical appliances from outlets after use since plugged appliances still use up little energy. Unplug your phone or iPod chargers when not really charging. It is also advisable to use compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs, for they have longer life and consume less electricity. These not only help the environment, they also help our parents save their precious, hard- earned money.

2. OBSERVE PROPER TRASH DISPOSAL – Do not let those lessons in school be wasted. It has been reiterated many times by our teachers that we should not throw trash in places where they should not be. Small trash such as candy wrappers should be pocketed when there is no trash bin nearby and dispose of them at a proper disposal area. This makes the environment tidier and at the same time, lessens the work of the street cleaners or sweepers.

3. WALK, OR RIDE A BICYCLE – Going to a nearby place? Why take a car ride if you can walk or ride a bicycle instead. That way, air pollution could be lessened and it may also be an effective way to cut down on gasoline expenses.

4. PATRONIZE MASS TRANSPORT VEHICLES – When traveling to longer distances, ride mass transport vehicles like the MRT or LRT, or jeepneys and buses instead of a taxi. If you do have your own car, it is advisable to share it with friends who have the same destination as yours, and in return, you let them help with gasoline expenses. This can narrow down the number of vehicles on the streets, which in turn, decreases air pollution as well as traffic.

5. FOLLOW THE 3RS – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. This old teaching is more than just a simple lesson for kids — it is a lesson for each one of us. Buy items that are made of reused or recycled materials which in turn, allow us to have less garbage to dispose.

6. PRACTICE GARBAGE SEGREGATION – Upon garbage disposal, make it a point to sort out your garbage and segregate the biodegradables from the non-biodegradables and the recyclables. This makes it easier to put all the wastes in the proper dump sites.

Biodegradable wastes could be used in making compost pits. Recyclable trash, when segregated from other garbage on the other hand, could easily be brought to recycling joints for re-production.

7. SAVE WATER – It is only natural for us to use more water during this sweltering El Niño summer season. But we could save water in many other little ways – like using a glass when brushing our teeth instead of letting the water run; like using a dipper when taking a bath instead of the shower; or like using a pail and a dipper instead of a hose when watering plants or washing a car.

8. SUBSTITUTE PLASTIC BAGS WITH CLOTH BAGS – The trend on the usage of cloth bags will not be patronized if it does not do us any good in the long run. Aside from being a fashion statement, these bags made from katsa or other natural materials could be used for shopping or buying grocery items. Instead of using non-biodegradable plastic bags, we could use the more durable, reusable, and earth-friendly cloth bags instead.

9. SUPPORT ORGANIC FARMING – Organic farming limits the use of pesticides and other harmful materials in planting produces. We can support organic farming by buying produces directly from the farmers. This not only encourages the farmers to continue their job but it also gives us peace of mind that the products we purchase are surely fresh and healthy.

10. IMPROVE THE GREEN THUMB – If planting trees is too much of a hassle for you, why not try planting small plants and flowers for your garden? All plants, may they be big trees or small flowers, contribute to the cleaning of the air from toxins. Gardening in one’s home not only helps the environment, it also makes the home more presentable and livable. Besides, gardening is a good hobby that can be shared as a bonding moment with friends and family.

It is sad to think that out of the 365 days in a year, only one day is dedicated for the Earth. We are indebted to Mother Nature for nurturing us in every day of our lives. Commemorating that gift in one day is being unfair. Let us put these tips into action in our daily lives, let us live environment-friendly lifestyles. This should be our way of thanking nature — by living without harming it.

(The writers are Journalism majors at the University of Sto. Tomas)

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