Our Environment – The Legacy
Our Environment – The Legacy
The air we breathe, the electricity we use, the food we eat, and the cars we drive are all taken for granted. We continue with our daily lives and work, so we can earn our pay to survive. But during this course of survival, we lack thinking about the very thing we need to survive and it goes beyond money, possessions, even shelter…………it is our environment. Stop and think about the things around us, such as the chemicals we use to clean with, the tires on our cars, the engines that are in the cars, electricity we use to power our lights and computers, the building materials our homes are made from. We never really think about those things and how they were made, what was sacrificed in order to make the materials, and the future damage we are causing to our future generation’s environment, which are too young to have a say in these things taking place now. Yet, we love our families and work hard to provide these things for them. However, at the end of the day, what is the legacy we will leave for future generations?
There are many programs implemented by the various governmental organizations and we have a few people who realize the need to save our planet and try. Mankind strives to evolve and create better technology and many talk about saving the environment, but if you look at the whole picture there are only a handful that really are trying to do something about saving the environment, while others simply talk about it.
If each and every one us, did just one thing on a daily basis to help save our environment, it would be a great start at improving our environment. The little things we do to live green and save our environment add up to big things.
I know many people who feel the little part they would contribute to making even one change in their daily life to live a little greener would not make a difference, but if you look at the sum of the parts is greater than the whole, which is summed up by the word “synergy.” Let’s bring this to a topic we all understand and use the light bulb as an example. With that said, think about if each and every one of us turned off just one light we would not normally turn off, that would save us money for the used electricity in our home. However, lets expand on that and think about the electric company who sent you the bill, they had to pay for getting the electricity to your home in the terms of labor for employees, equipment used to generate the electricity, and there are many other factors that are a part of generating electricity, so you can see the very simplified stream of money spent and things that have to happen to bring the power into your home, so that one light bulb can be turned on. This is an energy use calculator (http://ow.ly/gCj9Q ), which will give you some idea of the wattage you are using on a regular basis. It is further explained in depth in an article by the Village of Paw Paw, located in Paw Paw, MI, (http://ow.ly/gCje5 ) about “How much electricity does a light bulb use and what will it cost me?”
Think about turning off just one light bulb on a daily basis, then think about recycling that water bottle, then think about turning off the water while you are brushing your teeth, so you can see the little things do add up to help the big picture overall.