Save the World!

United States
April 22, 2007 11:06pm CST
What are you doing to save your world from the ravages of human abuse? Global warming is destroying many of the natural wonders of the world - glaciers in the artic - with great ice melts in Canada and possible extinction of the Polar Bear; the great barrier reef in Australia; the rain forests in Brazil and Bangaldesh; the everglades of Florida; the lowlands of the Netherlands; the famous Mount Kilmanjaro of Tanzania with significant climate change and loss of snowfall; the decrease of ice in South George Island and possible extinction of the Emperor Penguin; and increased temperatures on the Gulf of Mexico with stronger and increased hurricane activity. Just a few of the effects of global warming - a result of human over consumption and waste. So, what are you doing about it? What are some of the things you can do? I welcome your thoughts. Some of the changes I have made in my life are: 1. I quit eating meat because livestock creates more greenhouse gases and all the cars out there combined! 2. Don't run washing machines (dishs/laundry) until full. 3. Turned the temperature down on the hot water heater to 120 f. I wrapped it in an insulation blanket - only a few dollars at the hardware store. 4. Replaced light bulbs with energy efficient florescent bulbs. 5. I walk or bike when possible (I feel better too!) 6. Use less disposable products. 7. Recycle anything that can be recycled. 8. I don't use chemicals to clean in my house - it is amazing what vinegar and 20 Mule Team Borax can do! 9. Bought a more energy efficient car (33 mpg). 10. Grow a vegetable garden.
4 responses
• Malaysia
23 Apr 07
Your concern about global problem is so far booboo. I do think sometime even myself don't even aware about, i know but just don't aware. This is good topics booboo. You know what, recently i enjoying watching discovery channel and see "think again". Amazingly my concern about whaat we do right now will affect not just our future but to our world itself like oil for energy, electricity, water and so on. Theres a lot of information booboo. Now when charge my handphone battery, i will make sure exactly 2 hours then i will properly disconnect from the source. I don't know what i'm doing will save the power usage or not, but if a milliom people have same awareness, we can imagine how many volts we can spend :)
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• United States
24 Apr 07
You are so right Bhai! We are creating the future world and what will it bring our children and our children's children? We can do many positive things, but usually we are so lazy in the lifestyles we have grown accustomed to living. If each of us were to make small changes in our lives - we could save the world and many animals from certain extinction.
• Malaysia
24 Apr 07
Do you think that, what we have done today is enough to make sure that the future of this world is a good place to live in? Here in my college, i encourage my students to wacth discovery channel instead of ESPN. I realize the awareness is very important. We just dont realize how important a water to us unless dry season come to us..at leat there is something i can do right. Last week my college here have open day which is students are allowed to open a stall to encourage students about intrepreneurship and business thing. You know what happen booboo, they don't even aware about how dirty environment near their stall. When i go to that stall i give him good lesson and good speech just to explain how does this will affect others :)
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• United States
28 Apr 07
Good for you bhai! We are responsible to those who are younger than us to remind them of the importance of caring for our environment. I agree, young people watch too much junk on television and there is so much educational programming has to offer! I miss you bhai - I have not talked to you for a long time I think :)
@mememama (3077)
• United States
28 Apr 07
We have a car that isn't a gas guzzler, everyone on my street drives an SUV but us! I line dry clothes if it's sunny outside, sometimes I wait an extra day for it to clear up. On my dishwasher, I don't let it go to the dry cycle, I just shut it off and open it up to let them air dry. We recycle everything possible. My son wears cloth diapers, we use cloth wipes on him, and I use cloth pads (instead of maxi pads). We also are big fans of vinegar!
• United States
28 Apr 07
Kudos to you! I don't have children - so can't speak to the diapers... but I use cloth pads as well - and they are so much better for your health! Those disposals are full of perfumes, bleach, dyes, plastics. I am a lover of vinegar too - and 20 Mule Team Borax!
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@smkwan2007 (1036)
• Hong Kong
27 Apr 07
Glad to know someone still cares about the world and try to do something to save from be serious abused and polluted. I complete agree with you and on the same side with you. I will try my best to save the world too. And I want to spread the idea to as many people as I can. If every one is do his or her job, then the world will be a better place to live in.
• United States
28 Apr 07
We can make a big difference in the world if we all make even small changes. Recycle and reuse!
@Aussies2007 (5339)
• Australia
27 Apr 07
There is an easy solution... It is called "population control"... but no-one wants to hear about it. A good start would be to have a global policy like the one of China. One child per couple. We as humans need energy not only to survive... but to live our life of luxuries and excesses to which we have become used to. All the things you mention will have no effect. Everything you do... does not even make up for one child being born and consuming energy. There are 100 million new births per year... that's 273,972 per day... all consuming energy... which in turn create pollution. Only if we did achieve zero birth rate... and we all did all the things you do... we would stand a chance to restore the climat change to what it used to be. And even then... it would take 65 years to do so.
• United States
28 Apr 07
I agree that the population explosion is a problem. But I don't agree that everything that I do to help the environment has no effect - of course it does. We have a responsibility to our world and each of us can easily makes changes that will have minimal inconvenience but a great deal of benefit. As far as population control - well that borders on facism and I can't support it. On the other hand, we need to help through education on birth control and encourage smaller families.