Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. As the urban population grows and the effects of climate change worsen, our cities have to adapt. It’s time for us to invest in efficiency and renewable energy, rebuild our cities, towns, municipalities and states. Cities need to accelerate their transition to a cleaner, healthier, and more economically viable future through improvements in efficiency, investments in renewable technology, and regulation reform.
An estimated 50% of all household water usage is wasted. It goes down the drain while we wait for it to warm up or evaporates more quickly than it needs to. In an era when our fresh water supply is diminishing due to pollution and drought, it’s important to conserve all the water we can, as well as learn about and put to use greywater recycling practices.
Bring your own bag to the market, convenience store, hardware store, everywhere. Get ones reusable bags that fold up easily into a pouch so you can throw it in your purse or backpack and always have one with you.
Ways to Go Green: Save more energy From oil to natural gas, energy is getting harder to produce and more costly. It accounts for 21.3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide each year and over 90% of all greenhouse gasses. Do your part to conserve energy and save money (you could reduce your bills by 50%!) by reading the articles linked on the ways to go green below.
The act of selecting, planting and caring for a tree can also sends a powerful message that you care about the environment. These acts are also excellent ways to bring people together and focus on environmental issues. Your tree planting activities can feed into The Green Wave campaign and some of the other tree-planting campaigns listed below
You might be scratching your head if you live in an apartment, urban environment, or any other place that doesn’t have the green space for a garden. Fortunately, green thumbs before you have come up with the idea of a vertical garden. You can hang plants, put them on shelves, or simply put them in pots with trellises so that they can grow onward and upward.
Say yes to cycling and improve air quality: Cycling is green because cycle doesn’t need a daily dose of diesel or petrol. All it needs is the power of your two legs. No diesel or petrol means, no toxic fumes in the air and consequently better air quality. Better air quality decreases chances of respiratory problems and contributes in the growth of better environment of the city.
Growing garbage is a challenge that is constantly being faced by the cities. Town planners are having sleepless nights trying to determine where will they find the next landfill to accommodate city’s growing waste. So each day somewhere some lake or an open field is usurped for throwing our garbage. While options are being discussed to install waste-energy plants, they are not an answer in the long run. The better option would be to work towards controlling our own ways. Living any which way you want entails some amount of waste generation. However, that in itself is not a problem. Problem is un-segregated waste.