Saving the Environment
For the last year the world has seen a great many changes occur including our skies becoming clearer. Less smog and pollution was noticed at the beginning of the Pandemic. Many others have seen this shift, and wonder how they can contribute to this kind of progress. Activist Helen Schifter has been vocal about self care during this past year, giving advice and suggestions while the world was in a lockdown.
Keeping in line with the ideal of self care, the world must also care for the environment we were living in prior to the global pandemic. While in shutdown there were less cars on the road, creating less air pollution from our vehicles. As we have opened back up the traffic has picked back up and we are sliding back. Riding a bike or more carpooling or public transportation use could help cut back on the air pollution being created. Aligning with the self care Helen Schifter recommends, cycling falls into this perfectly and helps our environment.
Another way the environment could be helped is if more recycled. Younger generations grow up learning the importance of recycling in school starting in the first few years of school. Education for all generations on the importance of recycling would benefit the world greatly. Not all areas acknowledge the benefits of recycling and therefore do not require it. Spread the information and continue to remind people it is everyone’s responsibility to care for our world. The world will breathe better and on a personal side, it truly is part of self care knowing those actions will benefit not just themselves but everyone else around them as well.
Together as communities around the world the land and air could be cleaned up and maintained in a healthy status for future generations, and those are the ones we should be working for when it comes to this clean up. Let’s also remind them that cleaning up trash found in waterways is of utmost importance. The amount of trash in our oceans, lakes and rivers is astounding. This affects every creature in those ecosystems as well. And when those are thrown off balance, it affects the entire globe. Ecosystems are sensitive and the slightest shift in the wrong direction could mean disaster.
Lastly, there is one more major and positive action that would greatly benefit everyone. Planting trees, local wildflowers and gardens for whole communities. The concept of having a nice, lush lawn of just green grass is antiquated and provides no benefit to wildlife or humanity. Remove the idea from people that a nice front yard is just a patch of grass and remind them that planting native plants, flowers, trees and crops is far better. Educate the world about the amazing results that would happen if we planted bees, butterflies and birds. This would help stabilize the crops and help feed the entire world, humans and animals alike. It is the responsibility of the world population to take care of where we all live, always.