TEXT: SELMA VALJUS
I would like to talk about the importance of making environmentally-friendly choices in everyday life. You all are hopefully familiar with climate change so I don’t need to bore you with the details of global warming. All I want you to understand now is that we, human beings, are the cause of it and we need to start to be more responsible. Choosing daily the more environmentally-friendly alternative doesn’t have a significant effect on your life, but it has a huge significance to Mother Earth.
First, let’s talk about recycling. Not only does recycling reduce the amount of waste going to landfills but also less energy is needed in metal, paper and glass production when they are able to use recycled bottles, cans and magazines as raw-materials instead of producing always everything from the beginning. If you feel like sorting all your waste is too much of a trouble, you should at least sort out your bio waste. If bio waste ends up in a landfill, it will produce methane gas to the atmosphere and methane is a 21 times more effective greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
Another very easy way to be more ecological is to cut down your energy consumption. By switching off unnecessary lights or keeping indoor temperature a few degrees lower you will save some money as well as natural resources. Riding a bike instead of driving a car has also the same kind of effects on both your wallet and the environment. You can also take a bus if you don’t feel like cycling. And why would you buy ugly plastic bags from the grocery store when you could pack your groceries in a neat canvas bag instead?
These are all very easy and simple ways to protect nature. They are so small that you might think they cannot possibly affect climate change by any means. But they can. You might also think that it doesn’t matter what you do if the big companies don’t do their bit for the environment. And it’s true that no one person can save our planet alone, but if we all do something, even the smallest bit, to be more environmentally-friendly, we can make a change. We can force the big companies to look back at their environmental values as we customers are doing so. This is actually already happening. For example, many grocery stores in Finland are bringing new ecological options to their range due
to fact that customers are favoring them. So I want you to think how big a change we could make if you too would choose a more environmentally-friendly option more often. Thank you!