WHAT CAN YOU DO
“Start changing yourself if you want to change the life around you.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
Before you donate to your favorite environmental cause or volunteer to help save an endangered species, take a look at your surroundings: your home, the products you buy, the food you eat. Is your day-to-day life reflecting the principles of ecological harmony and environmental responsibility? Here are a few things to check:
- In 1980 the average home had three electronic devices. With the advent of computers and smartphones, that figure has risen to over 25 today. Home appliances already account for over 15% of the world’s electrical consumption. Meeting this demand will require the construction of an additional 560 coal power plants, or 230 cleaner nuclear power plants. Make sure to:
- Buy home appliances rated A, A+ or A++ for efficiency according to their EU energy label, including light bulbs.
- When remodeling your kitchen, make sure you purchase an induction cooktop. They consume half the energy of a normal electric cooktop and cover the extra cost within 2-3 years.
- These are fairly obvious, so it’s surprising how many people still don’t:
- Choose showers over baths.
- Wash plates immediately after using them (if possible!) – it consumes less water than if you let them sit in the sink (and make sure not to run the dishwasher until it’s completely full).
- Drink from the tap instead of buying bottled water (make sure to have a filter!).