I want to discuss the human species and their varied habitats. When we look at habitat destruction and different animals we do our best as conservationists to renew and protect them. But what about your habitat? Is it big city, small town, beach, desert, mountains, ocean, river?
Mine is a cross between beach-small town-big city. Did you know that ALL human habitats are in danger of destruction? Worse yet, we are the cause.
Why am I bringing up such a depressing subject you say? or you think this doesn't apply to you? Good questions! This applies to Everyone! Everywhere!
I am based in a small beach town in Los Angeles, California. Last year we only got 3 inches (~76.2mm) of rain. We normally get over 14 inches (~356mm) a year. We are in a severe drought in our State. The governor has declared a drought emergency, we had severe damaging fires (human caused) in December, and we are using more water then we have. The East US Coast is suffering from the reverse, huge storms, floods, blizzards, and freezes. No one seems to care, if they even bother to notice unless it directly affects them.
I am bringing this up because by not taking action we are destroying our own habitat and eventually every species in it including ourselves! The Good News Is WE CAN HELP! It's pretty easy too! Let's just discuss a few thoughts you may not have thought of for awhile but everyone knows:
Power uses resources: Water shortages decrease hydro-electric power on the West Coast forcing energy companies to revert back to coal power. Nuclear power plants are being shut down and decommissioned. Water that is brought into dry areas from great distances uses a lot of power just to transport it and even more to clean it. The East Coast Of The US uses more Coal powered energy plants then any other type. Severe cold weather requires a lot of power to keep everyone warm and safe. Solar and wind power does not mean unlimited resources, even these clean options use batteries that after being over used must be replaced, or has to be transported distances. Ewww You Say....Depressing. I'd rather not think about it!
So I say, don't. Don't think about what may depress you; think instead how easy it is for YOU to help!
So whether you live in a big city, a small town, a beach, a desert, up in the mountains, on the ocean, or by a river, YOU CAN DO THIS EASY!
Every 8 year old know these. Do You?
Use less disposables, by decreasing your trash, you decrease the energy used to dispose of, or recycle it.
Power Down. Unplug things not in used, phone chargers are a big power sink. Make sure you have a full load of laundry or dishes before washing with a machine. Turn off TV's, radios, lights, when you are not in the room......etc.
Pay attention to your water! Turn off sprinklers on rainy days. shorten your showers by 1 or 2 minutes. Turn of the faucet when you brush your teeth. Ask yourself if you really need two showers in one day. You know the drill, there are many ways to conserve water.
Regulate Temperatures. Turn down the heater a little and put on a sweater (in cold), or remove the sweater and turn up the thermostat (in hot). Ask yourself, are you heating (cooling) the entire house but are only in one room. Close (or open) some doors and windows. Snuggle with someone you love; person, pet, fuzzy blanky :-)
Speak Up! This one is So Important! Your Voice Can Be Heard. Say Something if you see someone litter or throw a cigarette butt on the ground. Talk to your neighbor, building, or city if you notice their automatic sprinklers running in the rain. Remind yourself and others how important the human habitat is and how easy it is to make it better.
The Planet is quickly running out of space as the human species is growing exponentially larger and their habitats are getting over crowded. There are people who believe that climate change doesn't exist, there is plenty of room, and everything is fine. It is unlikely we will change their minds. This makes it all the more important for us to help! Look at all the human habitats (the entire planet) and think of the small things you can do to help.
We can all make a difference!
I realize this is the most "preachy" my blog has been.....
In the last few weeks I've seen girls at school take extra long/multiple showers at the school gym just to avoid class. I have watched as a huge bush fire wiped out homes because someone started a paper fire and ignored the 'Red Flag' warnings stating "No Campfires". On my daily commutes people toss lit cigarette butts out of their moving cars. People would rather leave trash in their parking spots then walk it to a nearby trash can. Sprinklers were running during the rare rain we got this week. I watch people fill an entire glass with water, take a few sips and toss the rest down the sink.
These and many more incidents have made me frustrated enough to write this reminder blog. Please read and share. We all know the right thing to do. The question is: Are we really that lazy that we refuse to do the right thing?
You will only hurt yourself in the end.
Save The Human Habitat. Save The Animals Habitats. Save Our Planet. Our Planet Takes Care Of Us; We Should Take Care Of It.
HOW LUCKY WE ARE TO HAVE SO MANY CHOICES!