Reduce Global Warming By Planting Trees

How does planting trees help the environment? Why planting trees is important to reduce global warming? According to the environmental protection agencies, planting trees is a must if we want to save our planet. It is not something that many of you do not know, however it is something that many of you have to keep reminding yourself. Trees not only remove harmful chemicals from the soil, but also help reduce the greenhouses leading to global warming. Go on and see how planting trees helps the environment.

Advantages of planting trees in reducing global warming

  1. An average size tree creates sufficient oxygen in one year to provide oxygen for a family of four.
  2. Planting trees in the right place around buildings and homes can cut air-conditioning costs up to 50 percent.
  3. Planting trees for the environment is good as they are renewable, biodegradable and recyclable.
  4. If we plant 20 million trees, the earth will get with 260 million more tons of oxygen.
  5. Once acre of trees can remove up to 2.6 tons of Carbon Dioxide each year.
  6. During photosynthesis, trees and other plants absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen.
  7. Trees keep in check the air and water pollution.
  8. Trees form a natural habitat of the animals and birds, as well as many endangered species.
  9. Planting trees means more wood and paper products which can be easily recycled.
  10. A newly planted whole forest, can change tones of atmospheric carbon into wood and other fibrous tissue, thus reducing global warming.

Think, Do and Share: 10 More Tips for Happy Earth

  1. Invest in your own coffee cup

If you start every morning with a steamy cup, a quick tabulation can show you that the waste is piling up. Invest in a reusable cup, which not only cuts down on waste, but keeps your beverage hot for a much longer time. Most coffee shops will happily fill your own cup, and many even offer you a discount in exchange!

  1. Batch errands

Feel like you spend your whole week trying to catch up with the errands? Take a few moments once a week to make a list of all the errands that need to get done, and see if you can batch them into one trip. Not only will you be saving fuel, but you might find yourself with much better time-management skills.

  1. Turn off lights

Always turn off incandescent bulbs when you leave a room. Fluorescent bulbs are more affected by the number of times it is switched on and off, so turn them off when you leave a room for 15 minutes or more. You’ll save energy on the bulb itself, but also on cooling costs, as lights contribute heat to a room.

  1. Greener lawn care

If you must water your lawn or plants, do it early in the morning before any moisture is lost to evaporation. Have a few weeds? Spot treat them with vinegar instead of using chemicals.

  1. Picnic with your own dishes

Dumped plastic cups and plates or other disposable utensils are a common sight at the picnic places. They litter and and do not get destroyed easily. Next time, take your own utensils and do not hesitate to tell strangers to do the same – we share the same Earth.

  1. Recycle old cell phones

The average cell phone lasts around 18 months, which means 130 million phones will be retired each year. If they go into landfills, the phones and their batteries introduce toxic substances into our environment. There are plenty of reputable programs where you can recycle your phone, many which benefit noble causes.

  1. Maintain your vehicle

Not only are you extending the life of your vehicle, but you are creating less pollution and saving gas. A properly maintained vehicle, clean air filters, and inflated tires can greatly improve your vehicle’s performance. And it might not hurt to clean out the trunk—all that extra weight could be costing you at the pump.

  1. Recycle unwanted wire hangers

Wire hangers are generally made of steel, which is often not accepted by some recycling programs. So what do you do with them? Most dry cleaners will accept them back to reuse or recycle.

  1. Recycle aluminium and glass

Twenty recycled aluminium cans can be made with the energy it takes to manufacture one brand new one.

Every ton of glass recycled saves the equivalent of nine gallons of fuel oil needed to make glass from virgin materials.

  1. Telecommute

See if you can work out an arrangement with your employer that you work from home for some portion of the week and do most meetings over the phone or teleconferencing.  Not only will you save money and fuel, you will save precious time as well.

Think, Do and Share: 10 News Tips for Happy Earth

  1. Use both sides of paper

Set your printer’s default option to print double-sided (duplex printing). And when you are finished with your documents, do not forget to take them to the ‘recycling’ bin instead of waste bin. Have not created a ‘recycle bin’ in office, do it at once.

  1. Wrap creatively

You can reuse gift bags, bows and event paper, but you can also make something unique by using old maps, cloth or even newspaper. Flip a paper grocery bag inside out and give your child stamps or markers to create their own wrapping paper that’s environmentally friendly and extra special for the recipient.

  1. Pet bottles are a mess

According to TERI report, nearly 90 per cent  of plastic water bottles are not recycled (as even regular kabadiwala refuses them), instead taking thousands of years to decompose. Buy a reusable container and fill it with tap water, a great choice for the environment, your wallet, and possibly your health.

  1. Brush without running water

You’ve heard this one before, but maybe you still do it or maybe you forgot to tell your children about it. An average household with running water supply could conserve up to five litres per day if they do not use running water while brushing says a TERI research.

  1. Take a shorter shower

Every two minutes you save on your shower can conserve more than ten litres of water. If everyone in the country saved just one litre from their daily shower, over the course of the year it would equal twice the amount of freshwater withdrawn from natural sources.

  1. Plant a tree

It’s good for the air, the land, can shade your house and save on cooling (plant on the west side of your home), and they can also improve the value of your property.

Make it meaningful for the whole family and plant a tree every year for each member.

  1. Use vehicles sensibly

Try avoiding useless drives, turn off the engine in red signals and us less-powered vehicles that emit less pollution. A lot have been said about the vehicular pollution, we all just do our bit towards controlling it.

  1. Buy recycled

Toys, bicycles, playing equipment, and other age and size-specific items that are quickly outgrown should be shared or can be bought second hand too. Most of those things use plastic that does not decompose and metals that are a natural resource.

  1. Buy local

Consider the amount of pollution created to get your food from the farm to your table. Whenever possible, buy from local farmers or farmers’ markets, supporting your local economy and reducing the amount of greenhouse gas created when products are flown or trucked in.

  1. Adjust your air conditioners often

Adjust your AC one or two degree higher in the summer than usual, it will will save about 10 per cent on your energy use, but will not affect the cooling much.

Think, Do and Share: 10 Tips for the week

‘Go green’ is the simplest idea to be planted in your everyday life, it does not mean you will have to change your life or lifestyle.

Simple things can make a difference. The contents of this list might not be new, but they bear repeating. Sometimes it takes a few reminders for things take root.

  1. Check lights at your home

If every household in the country replaced regular light bulbs with one of those new compact LEDs, the pollution reduction would be equivalent to removing roughly a million cars from the road, so say various credible organizations.

  1. At work, often turn off computers

By turning off your computer instead of leaving it in sleep mode, you can save nearly 40 watt-hours per day.  If you do not want to wait for your computer to start up, set it to turn on automatically a few minutes before you get to work,

  1. Do not pre-heat the oven

Unless you are making bread or pastries of some sort, do not pre-heat the oven. Just turn it on when you put the dish in. Also, when checking on your food, look through the oven window instead of opening the door.

  1. Recycle glass

Recycled glass reduces related air pollution by 20 per cent and related water pollution by 50 per cent. If it is not recycled, it can take a million years to decompose.

  1. Diaper with a conscience

By the time a child is toilet trained, a parent will change between 5,000 and 8,000 diapers, adding over a million tons of waste in the landfills each year. Whether you choose cloth or a more environmentally-friendly disposable, you are making a choice that has a much gentler impact on our planet. Yes, there are NGOs that collect recyclable waste and have found solution to recycle diaper and sanitary pads, find one in your area.

  1. Hang dry

Do you use an automatic drying washing machine? Try using it less as it consumers a lot of extra energy and its dryer adds to global warming. Get a clothesline or rack, like it used to be in olden days to dry your clothes by the air under the sunshine. Your wardrobe will maintain colour and fit, and you will also save money.

  1. Go vegetarian, sometimes

One less meat-based meal a will help the planet and your diet. In case you do not already know, it requires about three times the water to wash chicken and five times for red meat as compared to washing vegetables. Moreover, a section of society also questions the conditions in which animals and birds are reared to eat

  1. Move from hot to warm

Many of you could be so used to switching on the water heater/geysers and let them on till the water is completely hot. However, you do not really need so much hot water and you end up mixing cold water in the heated water. Why not bath when water is just warm, before the geyser cuts of? You will save electricity and some water too.

  1. Use one less paper napkin

As per Global reporting Initiative, on an average around 3-4 paper napkins (either in toilet or on dinner table) are used by an employee in a corporate office using paper towels. A similar amount is used in hotels, cafes and some homes too. However, if everyone in the office could use their washable handkerchief/hand towel, it will make a great difference to the paper consumption and add life to the planet.