In recent times, “climate change” has become a buzzword given the adverse long-term and short-term effects that our daily human activities have on the environment. The increase in temperature or “global warming” due to emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouses gases are major threats to humankind.
The time to take action is now and we can all do our part to reduce climate change! Whether you are a student or hold a 9-5 job, here are some crucial tips to practice for a healthier environment.
1. Reduce, reuse and recycle. Get into the habit of recycling paper and plastic as much as possible. Practising these 3R’s will reduce greenhouse gases and pollution. Using two-sided printing and copying, recycling used printer cartridges and purchasing products made from recycled material is a great start towards going green!
2. Use energy-efficient light bulbs. Did you know that LED (light emitting diode) light bulbs produce up to 90 per cent of light efficiently and it lasts for a longer period of time compared to conventional light bulbs.
3. Take public transportation or carpool more often. Carpooling or using alternative modes of transportation such as the light rail transit (LRT) or even cycling to school reduces the amount of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide released into the environment. Walking or cycling is even good for your own health as it a good form of exercise to increase blood circulation. Fun fact: Leaving your car at home may reduce annual carbon dioxide footprint by about 76 kg! (Source: moneywise.co.uk)
4. Plant a tree. Being surrounded by greenery is therapeutic. It also helps that planting a single tree can actually absorb one ton of carbon dioxide!
5. Unplug electronic devices. Always remember to pull the plug(s), literally! Electronic devices consume energy even when they are not charging. According to studies based in America, such “idle load” in American households adds up to the output of 50 large power plants in the U.S. The next time you use your computer, be sure to adjust it to automatically power down to the lowest power mode when not in use.