What One Can Do For The Earth
An environmental aspect is something that causes impact to the environment. While every person inevitably does something TO the Earth, every person can also do something FOR the Earth. It does not need an organization to do the job. It is everyone's responsibility to preserve the environment. It is illogical that this planet is the place we stay but we are destroying it. It is ironic that all people want fresh air and clean water but just a few people care to keep air fresh and keep water clean. Some people who cannot hold breath, who must breath every second also do not bother about reducing air pollution. In some countries, people do not want a waste dump to be relocated near their house but nobody cares to reduce waste or even to segregate waste.

Our great grandfathers were littering but the land and water were still clean. Today the litter is not the same like last time anymore due to industrialization so we should not litter.


Let us see what a person can do for the Earth.

Save electricity
1) Do not use air-conditioner at home. Sleep on wooden board or bamboo mat instead of mattress as it is cooler.
2) Avoid using lift.
3) Do not use water heater in a tropical country.
4) Do not boil water. Get a water filter if you do not feel like drinking tap water directly.
5) Do not consume ice cream and cold water (those are also bad for health). Use fridge only to keep food fresh.
6) Do not forget to close door / window leading to outdoor if the air indoor is cooled / heated. Close it too if someone has left it open.
7) Wake up early to utilize natural light to do things. Take shower before the sky is dark so that the light in the bathroom needs not to be turned on.
8) Eat raw vegetables and fruits without cooking.
9) Use manual tool instead of electrical tool whenever possible, such as juicer 10) Minimize usage of washing machine. Handwash clothes daily.

Save trees
1) Use electronic transaction (no paper statement).
2) Avoid using toilet paper when water is available. The amount of water you use for the job is the same with the amount of water needed to produce the paper anyway.
3) Utilize both side of a piece of plain paper. Set printer setting to two-sided printing instead of using the default setting of one-sided. Even squeeze two pages on one side if possible.
4) Make notepad from used paper instead of buying one.
5) Use mechanical pencil instead of wood pencil.
6) If only a few sentences break into a next new page in a document, try squeeze the sentences into the previous page by decreasing the font size, deleting some unnecessary words from the previous paragraphs etc.
7) Read online news instead of newspaper.

Save water
1) Do not waste food. Food needs quite a lot of water to produce.
2) Do not turn on water tap to max when washing something under the tap. The thing can be washed clean too without max running water.
3) Use shower than bath. It is even better to use a bucket and a scoop to limit water usage. Not much water is needed if much rubbing is done.
4) Avoid taking more than two showers a day.
5) Think of a way to collect shower / bath water. The water can be used to flush toilet or to water plants.
6) Wash car in downpour if the rain timing is right. Wear raincoat of course.

Avoid chemicals (humans survive without all these for thousands of years)
1) Fabric softening agent.
2) Shower soap / body shampoo.
3) Floor cleaning agent.
4) Pesticides.
5) Batteries that cannot be recharged.
6) Laundry soap. Although the manufacturers claim it is biodegradable, too much of it will exceed the natural biodegrading capacity. Now some companies that build washing machine start to encourage people not to use laundry soap.
7) Toothpaste. It is the brushing action that cleans teeth.
8) Use homemade cleaners (hair shampoo, toilet bowl cleaner etc).
9) Use "homemade soap.

Reduce waste
1) Avoid food and drink manufactured from mass production including sugar and bottled water. It often has heavy packaging. Drink only water. Also, to manufacture the food, a lot of power and water must be used up. It does not worth it from resource point of view. It is even worse if it is distilled water because distillation consumes much energy. By the way, water should not be commercialized. Also manufactured food is not nutritious because it is not fresh. Food is better eaten fresh straight from the farm. Manufactured food should only be consumed during war, curfew or natural disaster.
2) Tell the shop not to give you a plastic bag if not needed.
3) Buy only durable high quality product.

1) Use only biodegradable plastic bag. It is even better to avoid using any because even biodegradable one needs resources to produce.
2) Try take public transport than driving a car. Guys who are not disabled should use bicycle as a mode of transport if the distance is not so far. Less oxygen is used, no bad gases is emitted. It is not energy efficient to drive alone because energy is used to carry the weight of the one person and the car. Traffic jam is self-imposed. It is interesting to see that most people would rather to be jammed together on the road than to use other mode of transport. Imagine if number of cars on road is reduced, the road will be less dangerous and the air will be less undesirable. Actually it does not make sense that the technology of computer is very fast (improving monthly) but the technology of motor vehicle is very slow. Computer ten years ago is already considered primitive today. The motor vehicle technology today still remains primitive like ten years ago. Is this a conspiracy?
3) Drive at a moderate speed. Use high performance spark plug so that exhaust gas is less dirtier.
4) Segregate wastes.
5) Control weight. Obese people need more resources to sustain.
6) Grow own vegetables. Today's farms are commercialized with least concern about the environment. Also less purchases mean less packaging.
7) Do not eat oily food (such as fried food). The used oil and the grease from washing pollutes water. This is for health too. Use non-stick pan (not Teflon type as it is hazardous for health) for cooking. Oil should only be used for seasoning the food after cooking, for example a few squirts of sesame oil on rice porridge.
8) Do not buy jewelry. Resources are needed to excavate and treat jewelry.
9) If you are rich, avoid living in a big house. It is enough if the living fits some furniture plus a ping pong table. Land should be utilized to grow food. Some rich people advocate environmental protection but their luxurious life is not environmentally friendly. 10) Consider making the item yourself before buying one, such as a kite, a bicycle stand, a bicycle fender.

1) Never lodge at a highland/seaside hotel that resembles a city hotel. The ecology around the hotel cannot sustain such a commercial luxury. Basic shelter is actually enough. The recent cyclone tragedy in Myanmar was believed to be mainly due to the clearing of mangrove.
2) Do not work with the company that pollutes its surroundings.
3) Do not play golf. Golf is not sport. Building golf field is well-known of bringing adverse effect to the surrounding. Also do not go to car race. Motor sport is also not sport.
4) Avoid buying inorganic farm produce (both meats and vegetables).

I do not participate in Earth Hour (switching off every power source for one hour a year). If we save a little by a little in daily life, the accumulation will be bigger than the saving during Earth Hour.
Posted: 2008-05-16; updated: 2015-01-12 by Ong Seng Aun.
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