Nature is a fabulous thing. No matter how much we have exploited it over the years, it always has something more to give to us. We have used it to our advantage again and again, but the sustainability of some sources (in regards to fuel, plants and fauna) is becoming more and more fragile. As such, we need to look at what we can take from nature that will not be damaging it for future generations.
Look with your eyes, not with your hands
Don’t take anything away that cannot be instantly replaced. Don’t pick wild flowers, else there won’t be any left for anybody to enjoy looking at. If you are on the beach, don’t take any shells that aren’t washed far enough up the shore that they won’t back it back to sea; you are taking away what could potentially be a home for a marine creature. Take photos instead of objects to add to a collection, make memories instead of irreversible chaos. It may seem like something small to you, but it could be a matter of life and death for other species.
Solar energy is eco-friendly and not using up precious resources like gas and oil. Solar panels are easy to get a hold of nowadays, and aren’t an uncommon sight. Green energy saves you money; if you want to make an economically and financially viable decision in regards to your energy, this is the way to go. Any energy that is captured by your solar panels that isn’t used by you can be sold back to the electric board – so it’s a money-maker as well as a money-saver. You could even pay for whatever bills aren’t covered by solar energy by selling off the surplus, essentially living for free.
Recycle and reuse
There is a lot available in stores currently that you could make at home for free, probably without even realising – compost, for example. Any waste vegetable products and clippings from the garden could and should go into a heap to decompose, ready for fertilisation of other plants and crops in the coming months. If you don’t have any use for it, give it away or sell it – there will always be somebody willing to buy. If you are chipping wood, save the wood shavings for animal bedding. Use leftover bathwater to flush your toilet. Recycle any plastic you have and try to avoid buying more plastic bags – invest in a reusable shopping bag that won’t be thrown away at the end of a shopping trip to save both your pennies and the environment.
Stop using your car to get to places that you can easily walk to. Short drives are not economical and are bad for our atmosphere; the amount of bad gases that a car pumps out of its exhaust even on a tiny journey are not good. Get some exercise and take in the nature that lies around you; you may be surprised at the beauty that surrounds you.