Our planet is our home, the place that sustains us; but are we living in harmony with nature?
Environment is very important to each and every member of the Halton Youth Disability Advisory Council and last night the council members discussed important issues and came up with lots of ideas and solutions. One thing that everyone focused on is the understanding that we all assume that we cannot do anything.
While major changes are only possible if countries and corporations alter their policies and actions, it’s important to remember that we as individuals can make a impact, whether through small actions, or larger initiatives. We are responsible as people living on this planet. Together we can do tremendous things for sustainability - protecting our environment and ecosystems. HYDAC council encourages each and every person to do their part in maintaining our beautiful planet. Topics of discussion: 1. Reduce/Recycle re-use What do you do with your old textbooks and novels that are not in use? Why not donate them to juniors, or kids in your neighborhood, or send them across to countries where children have little to no access to educational resources. What about using them for art? Give them a purpose. 2. Recycle More Often Recycling is a simple, yet effective way of conserving resources and reducing your individual carbon footprint. We discussed the importance of not throwing everything in the trash, separate your plastic, paper, and metal waste, and deposit it in a recycling bin. 3. Save Resources Although we spoke about many of our planet’s resources, water was the topic. Did you know that only 0.03% of the 70% of water available to us is freshwater? That’s why, saving water is so important for freshwater ecosystems. By doing simple things like taking shorter showers, avoiding small clothes washes, and turning your taps off while brushing, you can save gallons of water! 4. Buy Sustainable Products Plastic is one of the most significant contributors to soil and marine pollution, endangering both the land and marine life. Plastic isn’t biodegradable, and is often consumed by animals who mistake it as food. Think before you buy a product, be aware of its environmental impact and that you are responsible for its disposal after use. 5. Only Buy What You Need Do you buy too many products? Can you do without some of the things that you often buy? This was a topic that had a lot of discussion. Whether its groceries, clothes, accessories or home products, by purchasing only what you need, you reduce the amount of waste generated, and thus pollution.