9 Simple Things That You Can Do To Help The Environment.

  1. Leave the car at home if possible. Ride a bike or walk to your destinations. Reducing your dependence on fossil fuels also reduces air pollutants that are increasing the problem of global warming.

  2. Reuse or recycle your paper products. When you have papers which are blank on the back, reuse them for notes, coloring sheets, bird cage lining, shopping lists, etc.

  3. Be a conscientious shopper. Buy products with as little wrapping as possible or with recyclable wrapping. Buy products made from recycled materials.

  4. Keep your cats and dogs indoors or on a leash. Cats are responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of birds each year. Dogs are responsible for countless deer and other mammal injuries each year. It is not their fault, they are following their hunting instincts. Their human partners have to be responsible enough to keep them indoors or restrained at all times to prevent these unnecessary wildlife casualties.

  5. Turn your thermostat down in the winter and up in the summer. Heating and cooling often requires fossil fuels which contribute to air pollution and global warming. You should also insulate and caulk around windows and doors. This will also reduce your heating and cooling costs.

  6. Turn off the lights when you aren't in a room. Buy compact flourescents to replace those energy hungry filament bulbs common in most homes. Reduce your electrical needs to reduce your fossil fuel dependence.

  7. Don't waste water. Clean drinkable water is becoming more scarce. Sweep your driveway instead of hosing it off. Put a brick in your toilet tank to reduce the amount of water needed per flush.

  8. Don't use chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides on your lawn or garden. The runoff from these toxic chemicals can enter streams, ponds, or our drinking water. Pesticides don't just kill bad insects, it also kills beneficial insects and wildlife, and creates health problems for humans. For more information about pesticides and herbicides, contact the American Cancer Society and ask for their "Drug Free Lawn" pamphlet.

  9. Use environmentally Friendly cleaning products around the house.