Six reasons why we should all do our bit for the environment
Its no longer a new idea to each do our own bit for the environment. There are few people who dont recognise the importance of safeguarding all the wonderful things that exist on the planet Earth. Climate change
might not be a trendy term but it does encompass a lot of the thoughts behind energy-saving, water preservation, wildlife protection and flood prevention, not to mention recycling, tree-protection and limiting greenhouse gas emissions. There will always be sceptics but most people can recognise common sense when it is on display.
What can you do as a householder to show how much you care for the environment?
Caring for the environment is a responsible way to behave.
Firstly, dont fall into the predictable trap of assuming you dont count. Heres a six simple steps that would make a huge difference, provided everyone joined in:
1: Power to the people
No, no, DO TURN OFF YOUR PC. And your television, lights and equipment!
- Turn off household appliances at night. Including the computer and TV. If the whole of the UK turned off their computer at night it would be equivalent to removing around 245,000 cars from the road. Electrical equipment uses about 75 per cent of its power at night when most people are fast asleep.
2: Waste not, want not
Don't waste food! It translates into savings of energy and money.
- Eat your leftovers in the fridge! The methane produced in landfill sites is thirty times worse than carbondioxide in the environment. We throw away around 7 million tonnes of perfectly good food and drink every year. Each family could prevent a significant amount of methane whilst saving almost £500 per year by buying what they need rather than having a surplus.
3: Trees are jolly good fellows
Trees are not only beautiful but they are good for the environment too. Plant a tree!
- Plant more trees! Every garden has room for at least one. You can have a tree in a patio pot, on a balcony and definitely in a small garden or courtyard. Why bother? Because trees are one of natures most amazing air cleaners and soil stabilisers. They soak up toxins, soak up water, produce oxygen, provide biodiversity and even give a crop of timber when you need to prune them. Many people believe that flooding and deserts could be avoided by planting more trees (and not felling rainforests). There are more than 21 million homes in the UK. Just imagine the enrichment for the environment if each planted a tree.
4: Flicking the switch
What's not to like about renewable energy? It's clean, it's green and it can be cheaper than from mainstream sources.
- Switch electricity and gas suppliers to a renewable energy company and reduce your carbon footprint. Even if the company supplies a combination of renewable and mainstream, its a contribution that is worth making. Some renewable energy suppliers can even offer you a saving it could cost you less, not more.
5: A load of rubbish
Don't buy throw-away cups, plates and packaging. It's far better for the environment to wash up a few bits of crockery.
- Re-use as many things as possible. Dont buy throwaway goods such as paper plates and plastic cups or cutlery. Avoid buying things with excess packaging. Get into the habit of giving things away rather than throwing away. There are many recycling sites that will advertise them free of charge. Why bother? Were back to the landfill site problem and the increasing amount of gases they produce in the environment.
6: A light bulb moment
Have a lightbulb moment and replace your old ones with LEDs. Save energy.
- When your lightbulbs wear out, replace them with energy-efficient bulbs, particularly LEDs. Over time this should save you money, even though the initial cost might be higher.
What gardening habits are we following in 2017?
Rocks, timber, curvaceous shapes are all popular
Rattan furniture is really popular. It takes an indoor look and sets it outdoors.
- Outdoor rooms are on the increase, with a much wider range of weatherproof seating which is designed to stand out all year.
Team your rendered block wall colour with your planting for a truly inspirational, contemporary look.
- More people are using blocks of colour for contrast in their hard landscaping, such as a single area of rendered walling in a striking colour.
Bird boxes, feeding stations and wildlife habitats are all the domain of the environmentally-friendly gardener.
Bosco Verticale in Italy represents the ultimate design for a vertical forest to help green up Milan
- Awareness about the environment is more mainstream, with many people incorporating some sort of green facility outdoors. Many have compost bins; insect habitats; bee-friendly planting; bird feeding and nesting facilities and wildlife ponds.
There's room in a small garden for a tree or two.
- More people accept that the removal of trees can have a huge impact on climate and many choose to plant a tree, even in a small space.
Drought tolerant planting is all the rage in 2017.
- People are generally more aware of planting to suit their plot and climate, including choosing drought-tolerant plants or those that can withstand flooding.
2017 will see more vegetarians and vegans - and proud of it!
- Vegetable growing is becoming increasingly popular. Grow your own is in! Its trendy to be a vegetarian or vegan.
Community gardening and community orchards are now recognised as being great places where people of all ages and abilities can derive great benefits.
- Community gardening has been widely recognised as a positive activity for all ages and abilities.
Public parks and even a simple public space is really important in the 21st century.
House plants are good for you! They filter the air and remove toxins. Bring them into the home and office for maximum benefits.
- Urban green space; community parks and orchards; even private new-builds are now an important aspect of planning control and building regulations. The outdoor landscape has become an essential element rather than an add-on.
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