Mother Nature’s Apprentice
Imagine if you were Mother Nature’s apprentice. What would she tell you to do? Clean up litter, reduce the amount of plastic we are using….the list goes on and on. Everyone from wealthy businessmen to the simplest factory worker can do something to help the Earth. Remember the saying you learned in first grade? We can all reduce, reuse, and recycle! Anybody can be Mother Nature’s apprentice; but first, you have to know these easy steps!
Everyone seems to promote the “environmentalist friendly” lifestyle, but have you ever felt like you don’t know where to start? It’s easy if you know the mantra “Reduce, reuse, recycle”.
Most people don’t know that if you recycle one ton of paper, you can save seventeen trees, which can in turn provide habitats for more animals to live. If everyone bought a sturdy water bottle instead of using disposable water bottles, we could save lot of plastic.
Additionally, instead of using brown paper bags to pack your lunch, why not use a reusable lunch bag? Saving energy is crucial if you want to save the planet, so remember to turn off the lights if you are not using them, and always, always remember to turn off the TV when not watching it. Unplug your video game console when not in use, and turn off the water faucet while brushing your teeth. Yes, it really is that simple!
Did you know an area bigger than the whole country of Greece in the Amazon Rain Forest was cut down between the years 2000 and 2006? Deforestation, which is defined as the cutting down and removal of most of the trees in a forested area, is a serious problem in the Amazon; 65-70% of Amazon deforestation is because of cattle ranching, and by 2003 80% of Brazilian cattle production took place in the Amazon.
Deforestation is horrible for the environment because it helps erosion, which could pollute rivers and other clean bodies of water. Another reason to explain the Amazon’s large-scale deforestation is commercial agriculture; some scientists in Brazil developed a new variety of soybeans that grow well in rain forests, and since then, Brazil has been the world’s leading exporter of soybeans. Yet another reason is road construction. The most obvious example is the plan for the Trans-Amazonian Highway; although the plan failed spectacularly, it still is an example that calls for miles and miles of deforestation and destruction.
Do you have a pet at home, or love animals? Then you should definitely follow these steps to protect wildlife as it is, for future generations to come. First of all, avoid using non-food items made from animal products such as fur, leather, or ivory. Ivory is very rare and made from animal tusks, so if you see it, even if it is pretty, refuse to buy it, as it may have come from illegal poachers who kill elephants or similar animals just for their tusks. Speaking of poaching, the next thing you should do is educate your family and friends about which animals you can or cannot poach or hunt, as some people still hunt endangered animals illegally. Finally, the last, and perhaps most important, thing you may do to help save wildlife is to donate to foundations such as the World Wildlife Foundation, which help save animals and plants with your support.
In conclusion, it is important to go green–that is, be environmental friendly– because there will be less deforestation–which means more trees and habitats for animals–, wildlife will be saved–for our great-great-grandchildren to see–, and there will be a sufficient energy supply for years and years to come. Try it yourself; you just might be surprised at what you find! Do not forget that no matter where you go: reduce, reuse, recycle, and be green!