The Earth Will Wither Away — Unless We Practice These 3 Environmental Principles

Ashley Warren
3 min readMay 13, 2021

The melting of the ice caps, higher air pollution, and increased UV radiation are growing chinks in the earth’s armor.

Does the thought of the planet going under, drive fear into your heart?

Many organizations have taken the initiative to engage the population and the government on these matters. They’ve advocated for cleaner forms of fuel and strict laws on waste management. Their advocacy was initially met with a lot of scrutiny and deflection, but they’ve seen a lot of success over the years.

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In 2008, the UK parliament had an overwhelming majority for the enactment of The Climate Change Act. The UK set emission reduction targets that entities had to comply with, or they would face legal action. This act was the first global legally binding climate change initiative set by a country.

You might not have the influence or authority to effect immediate change, but a little usually goes a long way.

When you practice the following three principles, you make the world a better place one step at a time.

1.Minimize the amount of energy you use in your home

Pollution through energy production is one of the leading causes of climate change. Fuel produces heat and carbon dioxide emissions, and these make the planet warmer as they deplete the ozone layer.

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When you conserve energy by turning lights, fans, and other appliances off when not in use, you reduce your power consumption, and by extension, the amount of fuel that the power company uses. You also save money too!

2. Sign climate change petitions and donate to their cause when you can

There are people with the ideas and skills to make things happen, but they lack influence. When you sign a petition, you help those that are passionate about making a change become a force to be reckoned with.

So when you see those climate change petitions pop up, sign them! This is one small step towards a bigger goal. If you have a bit of extra money, you can donate to them as well. A signature goes a long way — but a dollar goes even further.

3. Buy products from manufacturers that use recycled and biodegradable materials

This is probably the easiest way to make a difference. All you have to do is buy the same products that you usually buy, but from a brand that stresses the importance of recycling and waste management. Many consumers are afraid that these items will cost more — but they generally tend to be better build, non-disposable, and they work out cheaper in the long run.

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If you had to choose between buying 50 packs of pens and one handcrafted, heirloom-ready pen, which would you choose? While the unit cost of the former might seem attractive, you’ll end up spending more over time.

Whether you follow these principles or not is totally up to you. However, if you want to help the environment in the long run, this is a great place to start!