Yesterday was World Earth Day, a day to remember. I had not heard of this before, however it really made me think about what I could be doing to save energy and to consider the environment. There were a few articles that I read with great interest on the topic which has given me a greater insight to what has and is still happening in the world. One article in particular caught my attention, Why we are destroying the world by Robert Gifford. Here are a few points that were discussed in the article.
There seems to be a continued over use of energy resources which is resulting in great damage to the world we live in. Flying is more popular than ever, resulting in carbon dioxide in the air. As individuals we can all cut back in our consumption of energy and this could have a positive impact on the world around us. At the moment research is being done on why some people are continuing to over use nonrenewable resources, as the publicity surrounding the subject is not having an impact. Fossil fuel, such as oil, produces green house gases and other pollutants and in certain countries the use of this is continuing to rise. People could save energy in this area by considering the journeys that are taken, if it is a short trip in a car, are there other options, for example taking a bike or walking. The world becoming over populated is considered to be another reason why some resources are becoming depleted.
On the internet I looked at some great information including: Huffpost, healthy living and Earth Day again by Pamela Cytrynbaum and there are many articles such as:
The 50 simple things that kids can do to save the planet
8 easy ways to start being green
There are simple steps that people can take which will help such as, energy efficient light bulbs, and turning down heating as well as reducing air conditioning. Also remembering to turn off electrical items such as computers will help.
If there is an increased awareness on saving energy, the message will hopefully begin to come through, it is felt that currently not enough of the right information is getting through to people for them to make the right decisions regarding making those changes.
Some of the damage which is happening on the earth is, populations of certain types of fish are being lost. Top soil is being eroded away, which is important for growing food. Many species are becoming extinct and ice caps are melting at a very fast and furious rate.
It is great that there is an Earth Day to remind everyone of the importance of looking after the planet, and with continued publicity and education, the message will gain more importance in the societies that we all live in.