On a limted scale protecting your environment simply means keeping it clean. This involves sweeping and scrubbing your surruondings and dumping refuse in appropriate channels. It is essential to clean your surroundings to maintain good health because there is a higher possibility of contracting major air or water borne diseases in an unclean one.
The increase in population around the world has also led to the abuse of our environment by destroying and changing the natural order of the environment to service the endless need of an ever growing population. This brought about activities like tree cutting, some plant and animal extermination, exploitation of underground minerals and urbanization with it’s attendant negative consequences. The result is a negative climate change. Scientists predict that in about 50 years our planet will be too hot for us, thereby causing hurricanes, drought, floods and other diverse effects of climate change. To avoid this, we can change our habits and help to inform others. In celebrating the World Environment Day, here are small tips to protect the environment.
- Don’t litter: Do not drop refuse carelessly because those that decompose breed germs and release poisonous gas into the air that lowers the quality of air that we breathe. Likewise, children may play in the dirt and get sick. Dirt also invites household pests like cockroaches, housefly and rats. Asthma, lassa fever, bronchitis and measles are examples of diseases that are products of a dirty environment. Ensure that you throw your refuse in a covered trash can.
- Sweep and Clean: Sweep and mop your house and surroundings, remove dirt from the big and small gutters to allow free flow of water. Always use a disinfectant to clean.
- Promote Recycling: Put similar refuse in the same trash can like plastic, paper and glass food remnants etc. Recycling means creating new products from old ones. It leads to less trash and dirt in the world. Recycling saves materials, reduces the need to landfill and incinerate, cuts down pollution, and helps to make the environment more attractive. It creates jobs.
- Plant Trees: Trees and green vegetation purify the air. They absorb carbon dioxide and other potentially harmful gasses, such as sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, from the air and release oxygen. One large tree can provide a day's supply of oxygen for four people and they are the least expensive plants you can add to your landscape considering their impact. Music is an additional advantage which comes through the birds that reside on the trees!