There is always something we can do, however small, to keep our environment clean.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems like there are more single-use products than ever…for good reason! Of course keeping ourselves, our friends and family, and our vulnerable populations safe is the top priority. But maybe we can all look for other ways to try to help our environment during this time. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the negativity that is going on in the world these days, but no matter how small, there are always things that can be done to make a positive impact! There are probably countless good ideas out there, but here are just three that are simple and easy to do in your neighborhood.
Top 3 Tips to Help the Environment
- Clean up! Take it upon yourself to start a monthly or even weekly cleanup of a green or blue space near you (ie. parks, beaches, lakes, etc). These spaces tend to accumulate trash from people gathering or from washing up with the tide, and can use dedicated individuals who want to help keep them clean. Remember to bring gloves and a garbage bag. This can be done on your own or in small socially-distanced groups. For more information, check out https://www.shorelinecleanup.ca/.
- Be mindful about online shopping. Online shopping has made staying home pretty easy! Ordering something on Amazon Prime and getting it the next day is pretty sweet. But the individual packaging? Not so eco-friendly. Each time you are about to add something to your cart, ask yourself, “Do I really need this? Can I pick this up at the store?”. The environment will thank you for limiting your online purchases to necessities (and so will your wallet!).
- Limit your electricity. During the summer, it is much easier to limit the electricity needed in your house. You probably don’t need the heat turned on, and if the weather is mild like on the North Shore, you probably don’t need AC either. If your house has a lot of windows, use that to your advantage and keep them open – with long, summer days, you can get quite a bit of natural light from early morning until the late evening. This varies with the seasons of course, but the best thing to do is just to be mindful of what you’re using.