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Introduction to the problem.

This is a collaborative topic, with multiple contributors. The aim is for as many readers as possible to become aware of the environmental impact so that they might do 1 of the things listed here to reduce their environmental impact.

Our environment is being destroyed each day, due to the mass consumerist, disposable everything mindset. A 1 year old baby in a "Developed" nation will have already consumed more resources and caused more damage than many will in their whole life, because of all the disposable junk like nappies the "Developed" world take for granted. Why drive to a nearby shop when you could have walked in not much more time? Why do we buy a new phone each year? Why do we buy food that comes from half way around the world? Why do we buy and throw away more than 10 times as many clothes as we need? Why do we eat food that comes in non recyclable packaging? It’s easier and cheaper. But easier and cheaper for YOU, not those who are already dying from pollution or the future generations that are born into a world where the species of life that we see today will be extinct before they're born.

The Earth Overshoot Day moves further and further along each year.
As you see in the picture, after 1974 we used more resources than the earth can give us back in a year. Around 1974, more and more countries built polluting factories, abusing the overpopulation for cheap workers. The image shows how far past 100% of the Earths yearly available resources we are using up so for example right now we're using a full year plus 70% of the next year but all in 1 year, meaning that we are causing almost irreversible damage in our desire for more.

Climate change is only one of many environmental problems and is probably not even caused by human activity, but by many other variables like the suns activity which goes through cycles. The main stream focus on reducing CO2 emissions is actually bad for the environment as it means the real problems are being ignored. The real problem is the toxic pollution entering into the air, water and soil, then eventually entering all living organisms. Global soil quality is being degraded by deforestation and industrial farming. The loss of thousands upon thousands of species of life any of which could have had amazing uses like so many already do, most pharmaceutical medicines came from plants and animals.

Even if the burning of fossil fuels (which releases CO2) doesn't cause climate change there is chemicals in these fossil fuels (such as sulphur which becomes sulphur dioxide which becomes acid rain) and also the massive damage done and release of toxins during the extraction of the trillions of tonnes of fossil fuels we burn.

Small changes by many people will make a big difference.

Enough info, what can YOU do to change this negative evolution.
Well, your efforts will be only a small drop in the rain, yet every little effort helps.

1. Avoid air travel. Air travel causes an absolutely huge amount of pollution so by even reducing your air travel you would be making a big difference to your environmental footprint.

2. Plant a tree. Trees turn carbon dioxide into oxygen (and they turn oxygen into carbon dioxide as well, yet they mostly make oxygen). No space in your garden? Use ecosia.org - they will plant trees for you using the money they make when you click on the advertised links.

3. Eat less meat. A vegetarian produces 1.5 tons of greenhouse gases LESS than carnivores (people who eat meat). This huge difference is caused because animals need a lot of water and food compared to what we get from them. And if you eat less meat, there are less animals needed and thus there is more space to grow trees on. Consumption of meat is a main cause of environmental destruction so if you even slightly cut down on your meat consumption you will be helping.

The chart below will show how much water (although water is infinitely reusable, the energy required to pump it isn't) is needed for 1KG of certain food. Of course, not only the water waste is important. Did you know that animals you eat like chicken consumes 7 times the amount of energy you get from it? Thus it isn’t profitable in terms of energy. It’s like giving someone 7 sacks of grain and getting 1 sack back, it just tastes different.
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(NOTE: the ratio pictures how much kcal there is per 100L, thus 29.83: 29.83 KCAL per 100L)

Chocolate – 17,196L – 5130KCAL / 215200 KJ
KCAL PER 100 L: 29.83

Beef – 15,415L – 1270KCAL / 5340 KJ
KCAL PER 100 L: 8.2

Mutton – 10,412L – 2170KCAL / 9080 KJ
KCAL PER 100 L: 20.84

Pork – 5,988L – 1190KCAL / 5020 KJ
KCAL PER 100 L: 19.87

Chicken – 4,325L - 1000KCAL / 4100 KJ
KCAL PER 100 L: 23.12

Rice – 2,497L – 960KCAL / 4030 KJ
KCAL PER 100 L: 38.45

Pasta – 1,849L – 3520KCAL / 14740 KJ
KCAL PER 100 L: 190

Tomatoes – 214L – 190KCAL / 810 KJ
KCAL PER 100 L: 88.87

Apples – 822L – 540KCAL / 2290 KJ
KCAL PER 100 L: 65.69


4. Drive less and or drive more efficiently. Energy consumption at speeds over 80 KMH is much higher to go the same distance. Some other things you can do like removing a roof rack when not in use, not driving around with unnecessary weight, keep air conditioning off unless necessary, keep windows up unless necessary, don't accelerate and brake hard, etc. You could even buy an electric car, a hybrid or even just an efficient one that maybe also has some nice feature like stop start which automatically turns the engine on and off when you're braked.

5. Avoid plastic. The average consumer in the EU generates about 160 KG of packaging waste a year. The majority of this plastic will not be recycled and may end up in the seas and oceans, destroying the habitats of fish and coral. If you use plastic, try to use biodegradable plastics, this form of plastic isn’t made of oil. Try to buy food that's not packaged or that uses card, metal or glass or at least plastic that is recyclable and make sure to actually put it in a recycling bin.

6. Buy big packages of stuff. This way you’ll have less packaging waste and it’ll be cheaper for you, as long as you end up eating the food before it goes mouldy! Also don't throw food away just because it's passed the "best before" date, you can eat most sealed foods even years after that date. Even cheese can be eaten weeks after the date (cheese is actually many months old anyway), just don't do that with stuff like meat or fish where you can actually get food poisoning.

7. Use energy efficient electronic devices like LED light bulbs and even LED TV's and monitors. The devices might be more expensive when you buy it, but use less electricity. Thus, at the end of the day you’ll pay less for it. LED light bulbs also last much longer than other light bulbs.

8. Turn off devices / lights that aren't in use or anything else you can do to reduce energy consumption. Like if you're cold instead of turning a heater on you might be able to just put a thicker or more insulating layer of clothing on.

9. Use an electricity provider that is committed to providing your energy needs through sustainable sources. You could even become energy self sufficient by having your own solar panels.

10. Try to be as self sufficient as possible like growing some of your own food. In fact if you think about it, money spent correlates with environmental destruction because whatever you're buying has an environmental cost to it, even if you buy something that's environmentally friendly chances are whoever gets the money off you will just go and spend it on some non environmentally friendly product. You might have heard some economists on the news talking about economic growth like "growth was 1% this year" anyone who thinks we need continuous economic growth (It just means we're just consuming more resources) is the reason why we're in this mess because how can we have infinite growth while living on a finite planet?

11. Pick up litter so that wildlife are not harmed by it and before it ends up taking a ride down a river to the sea. Picking litter in your neighbourhood is also beneficial for the value of your house and even reduces crime (see Broken Window Theory). Cigarette butts should be removed from your street because cigarettes are laced with many toxic chemicals such as arsenic so when it rains on a cigarette butt and that water runs through it, that water will contaminate your soil and the global water supply.

12. Each year 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used and then almost none will be recycled. Don't be part of that statistic, use a 'bag for life' which is just a bag made out of any half decent material that will last hundreds of uses.

13. In response to some pessimistic replies here: I went for a litter pick walk (go for a walk and bring a bag and just put litter in your bag as you walk) 2 days ago and I thought to myself, "wow, if every single person went out and picked some litter, there would be no litter left in an hour." Now of course your mind will be saying to you that it's never going to happen and it won't ever happen but it doesn't need to, we don't need everyone to make an effort, we just need to "be the change we want to see" and create a better reality for ourselves. Be an optimist and actually make a difference instead of using the excuse "nobody else will do anything" well of course they won't if you won't. Stop using that excuse. There is evidence to indicate that all humans are actually connected (morphic resonance) and are influenced by the collective consciousness so you truly can make a difference. Especially if you happen to be the hundredth monkey: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hundredth_monkey_effect and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tipping_point_(sociology)

14. Eat healthy. If a food is bad for you, it's most likely bad for the environment as well. Since foods containing refined sugar and other chemicals are bad for you and they're also bad for the environment. Organic food might cost more but when taking into account the difference in toxins and nutrients between organic and non organic it's worth it. Non organic farming is much more harmful to the environment.

15. Re-use stuff. For example instead of throwing that sock with the hole in away, why not keep it for use as a rag when you need to clean something messy up. "Reduce, reuse, recycle." You can also give things away that you don't need any more, there are websites / apps for giving stuff away, or even just selling stuff is good as well. In fact even buying second hand is re-using something, you can often save yourself money doing this and help reduce waste at the same time.

16. Share stuff. If things get shared then there is less need for more of the same things to be made. Just think of all the things you have in your house right now that aren't in use like a printer which won't even be printing something 0.1% of the time you own it and most houses have a printer. There are some websites / apps for sharing stuff like tools with those nearby you.


What ideas do you have or know of that can be used to reduce our environmental destruction? Post here!
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Re: What things can we do to reduce our environmental destruction?
« Reply #1 on: 12 11, 2018, 01:55:13 pm »
IVAN is being a pesimist. I went for a litter pick walk (go for a walk and bring a bag and just put litter in your bag as you walk) 2 days ago and I thought to myself, "wow, if every single person went out and picked some litter, there would be no litter left in an hour." Now of course your mind will be saying to you that it's never going to happen and it won't ever happen but it doesn't need to, we don't need everyone to make an effort, we just need to "be the change we want to see" and create a better reality for ourselves. Be an optimist and actually make a difference instead of using the excuse "nobody else will do anything" well of course they won't if you won't. Stop using that excuse. There is evidence to indicate that all humans are actually connected and are influenced by the collective consciousness so you truly can make a difference. Especially if you happen to be the hundredth monkey: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hundredth_monkey_effect and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tipping_point_(sociology)
Yea there will be people putting litter in their backpack, well of course you have heard about the country Singapore right? And how clean it is, just BECAUSE every singapore citizen, puts litter in his pocket until it is full and then it throw's it, I am talking from experience not from books, Yea not all of them do, but they are united country and that's why they are very clean, In my opinion that country is our Role Model, what if everyone do like that? The country will be clean, mostly, not too much pollution of garbage's/litters.
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Re: What things can we do to reduce our environmental destruction?
« Reply #2 on: 19 03, 2019, 04:21:48 pm »
my problem is with paper tissue that is made from trees because trees take years to grow.

It can be made from other sourcs such as recycled materials or tree-free paper from other plants sources.

I try to use cloths handkerchief instead but I won't lie many times I also use paper tissue but I try to avoid them.

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Re: What things can we do to reduce our environmental destruction?
« Reply #3 on: 28 04, 2019, 08:55:07 pm »
The simplest way that everyone can do to reduce global environment is getting rid of single use plastics. Over 90% plastic is not recycled and every minute a truckload plastic directly goes to oceans. In Italy, they found over 20 kilograms of plastic inside a pregnant whale washed ashore. There is nothing hard to get rid of single use plastics. Even if you can’t stop using them, at least use glass water bottles. Even if you don’t respect the nature, respect yourselves and the next generation. There are microplastics everywhere even in Russian Far East that has never been visited before and these microplastics corrupt agriculture, so in the future you won’t be able to farm if you keep using plastic. Please take this issue seriously.

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Re: What things can we do to reduce our environmental destruction?
« Reply #4 on: 05 06, 2019, 02:31:44 pm »
Well first of, since technology came in play humans are started to become lazy. Everyone wants the easy way, the fastest way, and that's the problem. The problem won't stop unless we make it the hard way for them, like back in the days, where we didn't had smart phones, when we had to make our own bowls and plates out of wood. Where we rode horses and donkeys for transportation. Back then people could live up to 100+ years, because it had healthier people and air, etc. I don't really blame technology, but every fun thing comes with a negative side and effect, and people chose the negative side. It would be better if we could go back and live natural like before.
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Re: What things can we do to reduce our environmental destruction?
« Reply #5 on: 22 06, 2019, 01:52:44 am »
I would like to give some more suggestions for #10. Being and thinking sustainable is not as hard as many think. Many of the products we use can easily be created by ourselves. Which saves earth, and money in our wallets.
A few examples are ;
- Toothpaste. Toothpaste is super easy to create y,ourself and definetly not as expensive. You can use baking soda as an alternative for toothpaste, the taste might not be as good but it takes away tooth plaque and reduces chances of getting caries just as efficiently as toothpaste does, and it helps with irritated gums. For the salt like taste you can add a few drops of peppermint oil. Works very well!
- Plastic. This should be something you already know, Use paper bags, and store sources such as vegetables in paper bags at a cold(er) and dry place.
- Create your own shampoo and/or conditioner. Use an old bottle or, use an old glass jar in which you can add ingredients such as coconut oil and/or soap.
- Use selfmade laundry detergent. It will not contain as much chemicals (laundry detergent contains over 100 chemicals average). If living in a small household, wash everything by your hand and let it dry to the air. Laundry detergent can be easily made with soap and a mild fragrance.


Another thing ; Shower less. Many take a daily shower which is bad for our planet, a waste of water and bad for your skin. Getting in the shower 1-2 times a week is more than enough. You'll be doing yourself a pleasure when you find out your skin is actually improving.


There are many more alternatives that you can make which will not have it's impact on your quality of life but will contribute towards a better planet.
The bigger difference comes with the smaller steps.

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Re: What things can we do to reduce our environmental destruction?
« Reply #6 on: 25 06, 2019, 04:31:29 am »
This is a question of mindset as well as for many other issues..
Bad mindset is being delivered to the current and next generations, we don't give much attention to small things or do minor changes in our lives or even bother ourselves to think about such things that can change the world.
I feel like people have totally lost their consciousness .. and have chosen to follow their hearts over their minds.
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Re: What things can we do to reduce our environmental destruction?
« Reply #7 on: 25 06, 2019, 12:14:04 pm »
I feel like people have totally lost their consciousness .. and have chosen to follow their hearts over their minds.

Huh? That makes no sense.

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Re: What things can we do to reduce our environmental destruction?
« Reply #8 on: 05 07, 2019, 07:52:13 am »
Change your search engine to Ecosia for help them get to 50 million tree! Ecosia is search engine just like Google so you can search for a hotel or general information you need. Ecosia makes sure its profit are used worldwide to plant trees, in the landscapes where they're most needed. You need around 45 searches to plant a tree!
i think we should have it in the main post in that small changes we can adopt to section