While we’re best known for our love of leaving a fruitful life, the environment functions best when it’s in a very good proportion, just like our bodies, but unfortunately, we’re not quite there, people are not too keen about what goes in or out in our environment. I wonder why we deliberately ignore issues like pollution, toxic waste etc.
In this context, we must learn how to protect our immediate environment and it has to start with me and you! In doing that there is a need to start educating ourselves on living a simple life by reducing the pace at which we motorise. How many times do you drive daily? Why not use a bicycle sometimes?
We surely need education primarily in our environment. Who knows your circle better than you do? Therefore when you educate yourself, open up your horizon on the happiness in the climate world, definitely you can help others understand the importance and value of our natural resources. So, how do I start? Simple! When I say simple, I mean volunteering. Wherever you go world-wide you find that there are volunteers for cleanups in their respective communities. We have to get involved in protecting our watershed tools. The less water you use, the less runoff and wastewater that eventually end up in the ocean.
The most important aspect of protecting our planet is to cut down what you throw away as a waste. You may need to follow the three “R’s” that is reduce, reuse, recycle. Hydration is dangerous for your health, but don’t do it at the expense of the environment. Besides being uncertain for your health, plastic water bottles are really not great for the environment––parts of them can’t be recycled yet, and they often end up being eaten by marine animals. Do your own part to help out by using a reusable water bottle.
Your actions as an individual can make a difference, and that is why the obligation of protecting your environment can start with you. A small group of committed and concerned citizens can change the world, indeed it’s the only vital and necessary thing that ever has.
Our environment here in Nigeria is filled up with energy use. But in the modern society where the protection of the planet matters, it becomes necessary for their citizens to cut down on their energy use. Come to think of this, but it’s really easy to carelessly waste energy––leaving a light bulb on here and there, keeping the air conditioning on at home when you’re out at work all day––but it all adds up. But what if you try to cut down on your energy use by being conscious of how you use electronics.
In its totality, we owe this planet the need to protect our environment from all hazards of floods, pollution and other changes in the unnatural causes. Floods are made more likely by the more extreme weather patterns caused by long-term global climate change. They can sometimes be triggered by intense precipitation, longer duration, close repetition of precipitations or a combination of all of them.
Primarily, the factors we ignore in our daily lives like cooking, transportation, and other industrial activities are the main cause of environmental pollution, and all other factors fall in between. Scientists would say Sulfur dioxide (SO2) is the most common gas that makes the air toxic, while the most common way of water pollution occurs due to the dumping of industrial effluents.
So, how does the protection of our environment start with me? Down the memory lane, 30 years ago, the Koko environmental incident that rocked Nigeria is a real cause and root of environmental pollution, prior to that, the government responded to the problems on an ad hoc basis. As a result of the incident, local legislation was enacted while international treaties were adopted or ratified.
This exercise can really start with me! And hopefully, we can all come together, and indeed, all stakeholders will appreciate the importance of these efforts and work in concert for all our collective protection.
We must all be committed to protecting our planet and also reduce greenhouse gas emission unconditionally so as to let the genie out of the bottle!