5 causes to support and be aware of to help the environment
There are some things out there that are difficult for us to change with our behavior, in our daily lives. But, by knowing about them, and knowing how important they are, we can support them.
- One of the most effective ways to help the environment is to support initiatives that aim to educate girls, particularly in the developing world. Studies show that educated girls have fewer and healthier kids. Studies also show that girls are more likely to be stewards for the environment than boys.
- On the same note, supporting family planning non-profits is a great way to help control the planets population crisis (the cause of virtually every environmental issue comes down to the human population crisis).
- Reforestation! This is both incredibly simple and incredibly effective. Trees and forests build ecosystems, provide a habitat for countless species of animal, but also suck carbon dioxide out the atmosphere (whilst releasing oxygen!). Support reforestation organizations.
- Many cooling appliances, such as refrigerators and air conditioning units, contain some of the most potent greenhouse gases known to man, often called ‘super-greenhouse gases’. The climate change research and advocacy group Drawdown suggest that better management systems for these kind of units could be the single most effective way we can help avert climate change.
- Much of it is down to governments introducing regulations on the use of these gases, and manufacturers phasing them out of their units. However, there are things you can do. First, when you dispose of old units, make sure they are recycled or responsibly sent to a landfill. When choosing a new refrigerator, look for those that use GreenFreeze technology.
- Palm oil plantations are devastating the rain forests of South East Asia, pushing many species to the brink of extinction. As consumers, our individual behavior can help change this. But groups that fight against palm oil still need our help. This website http://palmoilscorecard.panda.org/ helps you see which products that we use daily are complicit in this environmental catastrophe.
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Most effective actions/causes to support for the environment