Go Green and Save Our Forests
If you need a reason to go green, deforestation is a good one. Deforestation is one of the major causes of climate change because it releases huge amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. This contributes to the greenhouse effect. Trees absorb the atmosphere-damaging amounts of carbon dioxide and use it to grow, but when they burn, carbon dioxide is released again.
Deforestation is doubly damaging to the environment, because greenhouse gases are released when wood is used as fuel. At the same time, the number of trees is being reduced by cutting them down to use as paper or other products. To put it simply – fewer trees mean more climate change.
So, what can we do to stop this deforestation? Here are some ideas for you.
Plant Some Trees
Stop a little climate change by planting your own trees. As a side benefit, you can keep your house cooler if you plant them on the west side of your home. That’s important in the heat of the summer.
Make it meaningful for the whole family and plant a tree every year for each member.
Try Meatless Monday
One less meat-based meal a week won’t hurt you, and it helps with deforestation. Let me explain -For each piece of meat that came from animals raised on rainforest land, about 55 square feet of forest was destroyed.
Recycle Your Newspapers
44 million newspapers are thrown away each year in the US. Recycling just your Sunday paper would save more than half a million trees every week.
Do Your Errands All at Once and/or Buy in Bulk
Make a list and do your errands all in one trip. Alternatively, buy things like health and beauty products in bulk. Not only will you be saving fuel, you’ll be saving time, as well.
Give Stuff Away
Donate your old stuff to a charitable organization or post it on a web site made specifically for giving away things, such as Freecycle.org.
Share What You’ve Learned About Recycling and Saving Energy
Pass your green tips on to everyone you know. If you help even one person take a step toward being greener, it’s worth it.
Want a visual reason to go green? Watch this video and see what we’re losing: