by Maitri Pamo
There are some activists like Huerta and Chavez, who cause tsunamis of change that mold the topography of the socio-cultural landscape. But just as important are the cumulative effects of ripples and resultant waves caused by many people doing small acts consistently.
Daily activism benefits not only the individual directly by lowering energy bills but also the earth through mindful use of resources. Here are a few ways to incorporate easy changes into daily routines.
Water: This crucial resource is likely to become a strategic, global limited resource. In the US, we are fortunate to enjoy excellent water management; this provides many people with a false sense of security and misunderstanding about how limited a resource it has been for many years even in this country. Taking care to use water judiciously is an important way to safeguard it and to save money by reducing the amount of energy needed to heat it.
- take shorter showers
- turn water off when not actively used; soap dishes then turn on water to rinse, turn water on only when ready to rinse after brushing teeth
Electronics: Energy, and your money, are wasted by leaving unattended appliances running. In addition, the more energy wasted, the more that will need to be generated to supply a wasteful household. Keep in mind that all energy production is associated with pollution emission as well.
- turn off lights when they are not being used
- shut down any appliances that are not actively being used
- do not leave chargers such as those for phone and tooth brushes plugged in when they are not actively charging the intended devices
- lower the thermostat a little in winter and show off your stylish sweaters; in the summer, eliminate a need for those sweaters by not refrigerating your home into a chill
- purchase energy efficient appliances and use energy efficient light bulbs
- use cold/cool water to wash clothes
Gasoline: Especially with the current gas prices, it is foolish to throw “extra” money into a gas tank. In a global perspective, the less oil we can consume, the better it is for attempting to reach energy independence from often volatile oil producing countries. From an environmental standpoint, think of the thick, health killing blanket of pollution caused by emissions.
- Do not leave engines idling
- Keep your car in good maintenance
- Make sure tire pressures are adequate
- combine trips, or, get on your bike and ride!
Reduce! Re Use! Recycle! Make sure that your local center does its best to recycle effectively and efficiently. If not, voice your concerns to your elected officials.
Make more ripples by teaching children to be mindful of resources and to conserve them. Let us lead by example and teach responsibility with the added benefit of enjoying a little more green in our wallets.
Contributor, Maitri Pamo.
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the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.