Why keep the light on if you’re not in the room?

Hello all, before I officially start my post for today, can I just ask one quick question?: Say you’re in a room, and you have a light on, and you then leave the room, why do you keep the lights on? Is it just me that switches them off? Did I miss the memo about keeping your lights on or something? Anyway, I’m digressing now…

So, today I had a lesson about developing our own personal statements…and I am going to be awfully kind, and help you become a more environmentally friendly person, which is a great thing to put down on these sort of documents!

Now I know, it’s hard, remembering these things, because we’re humans and we get preoccupied, and sometimes, (only sometimes) procrastinate, but you know…it’s only the potential end of the planet that we’re dealing with…so by all means continue watching the Eastenders episode that you missed last night.

But for those of you who care about the wonderful planet we live on, here are a few top tips on becoming more eco-friendly:

  • Walk. And I know, that requires the actual moving of muscles…but if ten of you walk to work this week, that is ten people who have raised their metabolism slightly, but more importantly, that’s 10 less gas pumping vehicles on the roads  polluting our atmosphere.
  • Don’t buy plastic water bottles. And I know, they’re really handy to have around, but they have such a large carbon footprint! And, I know this would be a pain, but even going for water bottles with less packaging, or reusing and empty one is a better solution. Or buying glass water bottles 1 day a week instead of plastic. Fun fact for you, plastic is made from oil. It will probably be made in a country which is foreign to yours…meaning it has to get into your hands somehow…and that is by a gas emitting machine.
  • Recycle! Recycling is a wonderful thing which is so useful! Why throw a plastic bottle away, when it could literally be made into a brand new jumper! And you could even walk to do the recycling!
  • Conserve water! We in MEDC countries take water so for granted! We just have to turn a tap on and it appears. Others however, have to walk miles a day to reach water, which isn’t even clean. I am not trying to guilt trip you, I am simply trying to make you realise how fortunate you and I are. So, turn the tap off whilst you’re brushing your teeth, or take shorter showers! Every little bit counts.

We may think these things will be useless, but a small thing can go a big way if a large amount of people do it!

Now, if you’re not fed up with me, check my blog next Monday, which will be titled: ‘Deficit vs. the end of the world.’



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