World Environment Day: How to Help

Today, June 5, 2022, is World Environment Day. Every day, issues affecting the environment are a major part of the daily news. Finding ways to help preserve the planet for future generations may seem hopeless or out of reach for the average citizen. But encouraging people to implement small changes is a major step in the right direction.  If you are searching for ways to help, check out the following ideas.

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Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle

Do you remember the 3 Rs for helping the environment? Reduce, reuse, and recycle are the best ways to help preserve the environment.

Reduce

Make a commitment to use less in your daily routine. Implementing small changes can produce a larger impact.

  • When possible, cut down on single-serve plastic and foam containers.
  • Skip the straw.
  • Conserve water.
  • Eat a meatless meal once a week.
  • Use refillable lighters.
  • Reduce energy consumption. Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs, turn off appliances, and dry your clothes on the line or drying rack. When you leave a room remember to turn off the lights.
  • Purchase energy-efficient appliances.
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Reuse

Reusing items is a great way to help the environment.  

  • Skip the bottled water. Purchase a sturdy travel mug or cup to refill. Before leaving home, fill your containers with your favorite beverage. Not only does this help the environment, but the extra effort also saves money.
  • Bring your own bags to the grocery store. Use reusable bags to skip the plastic ones.
  • When possible, shop secondhand stores to find household items or clothing.
  • Do not throw away clothing. Donate your unwanted items to Christian charities, women’s shelters, or nursing homes.
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Recycle

 Research your community to find the nearest recycling facility. Often, recyclable products may be set out on the curbside next to your trash container for weekly pickup. Depending on the recycling setup in your area, most of the following items are welcome.

  • Glass
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Plastic
  • Tin cans
  • Cardboard

Other areas may host special collection sites for used batteries, car oil, electronics, and printer cartridges.

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Other Ways to Help

If you are still looking for more ways to help, get involved.

  • Volunteer for community cleanups.
  • Donate
  • Write your elected officials.
  • Plant trees, shrubs, and other native plants to your area.

Every small effort helps contribute to a larger movement. Do not be afraid to contact your local chamber, town council, or other government officials on recycling issues. Working together is the first step in preserving the environment for many generations to come.

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