The growing amounts of trash on the earth is more than most people realize

Yeah, yeah, you’ve heard it before.

“Recycle!”

“Save the Earth!”

“Don’t litter!”

But the question is, does society really soak in all of the information that is given to us?

I’m sure by now that everyone knows that humans, year by year, are slowly destroying our planet. From pollution to erosion of the dirt, we are most definitely making Mother Nature cringe.

Of course, we can fix things. As the old saying goes, simple problems have simple solutions. Except… this problem is not that simple.

Climate scientists have estimated that we only have about 12 years until climate changes become irreversible. That’s a big deal.

Proof: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/08/global-warming-must-not-exceed-15c-warns-landmark-un-report

Americans generate about 10 million tons of plastic a year, but only recycle about 2% of it. If that’s not bad enough, an estimated 14 billion pounds of trash (mostly plastic) is poured into the ocean every year.

Proof: https://seastewards.org/projects/healthy-oceans-initiative/marine-debris-and-plastics/

That data is not very good. Like it or not, the Earth is slowly becoming more and more damaged over the years.

So, that begs the question, what can you do about it?

Well, there are a few. For one, that fast-food burger wrapper that you just threw out the window isn’t much help. Plastic/and or toxic materials, no matter how small, can ruin the planet (or worse… a habitat for that lovely Fox you saw in your backyard.)

Second, and I hate to break it to you, but just signing petitions to help “save the Earth” are not really much help.

Yes, a petition to get rid of a ecosystem-hurting law will most definitely help, but to actually clean up our planet is another issue. As the old saying goes, if you want it done right you have to do it yourself.

Just a good 30-45 minute clean-up in or around your community park will help loads. Or you can volunteer at local gardens. They will most likely have clean-up days.

Another thing you can do is buy a tote bag. You only have to buy it once, and you can reuse it for years. They come in different designs, too.

You can also help fund research on biodegradable “plastic” bags.

Here is a link to an article taking about it:http://www.pepctplastics.com/resources/connecticut-plastics-learning-center/biodegradable-plastics/

However, there are a few problems with this.

Unfortunately, if biodegradable “plastic” decomposes in landfills, they make a powerful methane gas that could add to the growing problem of global warming. So really it’s just a circle.

So instead, you should look into Bioplastics. Yes, I know, they have a very similar name.

Here is an article explaining what each does in depth: https://www.explainthatstuff.com/bioplastics.html

Here are a few ways to get rid (or prevent from getting worse) of global warming.

First off, you should really consider using solar energy. I mean, it comes from the sun, which is going to be here for a very long time. Unless you live a billion years after this article was published. If you are, I’m sorry.

Secondly, reduce water waste. You know how you leave the shower running for about 10 minutes before you get it? Yeah, you should probably stop that. Or how you leave the sink in while you brush your teeth? Well guess what, you should stop that, too.

Last, you can start buying quality lightbulbs. Those cheap ones you buy from Walmart for about $1.99 are not the best. Consider LED bulbs. Those use up to 80% less energy as normal ones.

Proof for all of this here: https://www.nrdc.org/stories/how-you-can-stop-global-warming

So what have we learned today?

Well, for one, there are plenty of ways to start making the world a better place. So get started.

Go out and save the world for future generations to come.

Hey, we only get one Earth. We were blessed to be at the perfect spot in space, so we best take care of it.

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