Friday, July 10, 2009

Letter to the Editor - Sustainability

To Whom it may concern,

I believe that sustainability isn't a topic that is pushed around enough these days and is widely disregaurded by many many people. So, I have organised an argument in the structure of a letter to get the message across. There is no point waiting until it is all too late. Being sustainable is a great thing.

Why? well firstly, if you take that leap today and start living a sustainable live, you will manage to save quite a lot of money and buy that special something for that special someone, or perhaps yourself. How, you may ask? Things like your power bill will come down by a noticable margin if you start being sustainable and use less electricity, e.g not using the dryer to dry your clothes, using less hot water, and replace your regular lightbulbs with energy efficient lightbulbs. Going to the vege shop and buying fruit such as oranges from the U.S.A is a very stupid thing to do. Not only do they cost more, they used some of earths natural resources, like fuel to fuel the boat or plane they were imported on, which is polluuting the air we breathe. It is much more sustainable to grow your own fruit and vegies or buy local, because they are fresher and cheaper. Driving a car or motorbicycle to the shop or to work when it is only a short distance manageable by foot is not a sustainable thing to do. It costs money to buy the fuel, which adds carbon dioxide to the air when it is burned by a vehicle. To be more sustainable you could cath a bus or car pool, or you can do the most sustainable action of all, getting around on foot or by bike.

Secondly, at the moment on earth, we continue to consume most of earths natural resources, instead of using renewable resources. When people these days go out to cut down a tree, they don't plant another few! we should be planting at least one tree for every one of them we cut down, otherwise timber wouldn't be a renewable resource anymore. When a tree is cut down, the airs oxygen supply becomes lesser. Why? because trees breathe in the carbon dioxide, a gas which pollutes the air, and they breathe out oxygen, a gas all animals require to live. The bottom line is, if we have no trees or plants, we will have no life what-so-ever. Another unsustainable unrenewable resource are petrols and fossil fuels. They cost lots of money, and pollute the are with plenty of Carbon Dioxide. Like we need any more! eventually they will run out and we will find a way to replace fossil fuel burning vehicles. So we do we have to wait until it all runs out and we maximise the pollution? it would make a lot more sense to stop using fossil fuels and petrols immediatley. Because of our current unsustainability, my research has shown that we only have 1/33 of the earths surface area to grow natural crop. This isn't good enough! no wonder many people in many countries are being deprived of there nutritious supplements. Who is to blame? the unsustainable people of our world. But it is not to late. We can turn all of this around before it can get possibly worse. We have to start this instant. Lifes could depend on it.

You may not know it, but you, the everyday person, is creating massive amounts of waste every second. We can help cut the amount of waste we create short by reusing and recycling. Instead of using plastic bags when you go shopping that can damage very easily and will only last you one use, try using re usable fabric bags. They are far more durbale and on the long term the will be cheaper than using plastic bags. another example is using cloth nappies instead of plastic nappies, because plastic nappies only last for one use as well. If there is a product that is not recyclable, avoid buying it. Try and find a recyclable substitute. my final example of this is using containers instead of gladwrap or gladbags because they can be re used. Also remember to recycle your paper, because it doesn't have to spend ages in the dump rotting away. You could recycle it or better yet - you could put it in a worm farm. Worm farms are very useful for getting rid of your food scraps and sometimes paper. If you want to help the environment, get a worm a farm! just remember you can't feed them anything that contains citrus, and cut the paper up and flatten it before feeding it. You benefit from this by rededucing your total waste, which is being more sustainable, and you can sell the vermacast the worms produce.

That is why it is a great thing to be sustainable and save the planet while we still can.

Yours sincerly,

Winged Hussar

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Footprint progress 3

My 3rd post on my carbon footprint reducement progress. I have stopped using the dryer to wash my clothes, I now hang them up inside during the night instead. It still gets the same result and reduces energy use and my carbon footprint.