The Western Indian Ocean Islands are under siege with serious environmental issues. Climate change and pollution have caused concern for the Seychelles and other Western Indian Ocean Islands. Citizens of the islands are beginning to feel that their futures are at stake unless they can get people to sit up and take notice of the situation.
The young people of the Seychelles are being called upon to help save their islands through conservation of natural resources. Young people from all over the world can learn to help save not only the Western Indian Ocean Islands, but the entire planet, by taking some simple steps both at home and while out and about in nature.
It all begins with taking the time to notice and appreciate the beauty of one’s natural surroundings. Nature is comprised of a delicate balance of different elements all working in unison to create the world’s natural wonders. Therefore, it is important to know that every naturally occurring element is where it is for a reason. This is why it is important to be respectful of nature and not disturb anything unnecessarily.
When strolling along a coastal shore, do not take anything away, even if it appears to be insignificant. Remember that if each person who walked on a beach took something such as a rock or a shell, the landscape would be adversely affected.
It is equally important not to leave anything behind. Even the smallest piece of rubbish in combination with other small pieces can result in major pollution issues.
A person need not live close to the Seychelles nor even near a beach at all to help save the environment. Each person can help by making good choices at home, at school and at work. For example, making intelligent consumer decisions is a huge step in the right direction.
Before purchasing something, examine the packaging. If it is excessive, opt for something with less waste to throw away. Read the labels and try to steer away from items that contain chemicals that are harmful to the environment, and if at all possible, buy locally. The carbon footprint left on the planet from simply shipping things overseas is tremendous. If whatever one needs is made closer to home, it is smarter to purchase that item.
Try not eating meat for one day per week. The production of commercial meat takes a tremendous toll on the environment. To produce just one pound of beef, it takes almost five pounds of grain. One pound of grain can be grown with 60 pounds of water, but that same pound of beef requires up to 6,000 fluid pounds of water. Since the planet holds water, energy and land as its most precious resources, think of the difference making a small sacrifice each week could make.
Be careful how things are disposed of. Recycling is one of the most important things a person can do to help save the planet. When possible, avoid creating waste at all. Reuse glass bottles and jars, if practical and try to avoid using disposable bottles. In other words, use less. Recycle more.
Use all natural hair products. Harsh chemical shampoos can get flushed away into the water supply and cause all kinds of harm. There are a myriad of products on the market today that use certified organic plant extracts. Using these is better for the person using them and better for the planet.
Try to conserve energy by walking or taking public transportation when possible. Most major cities now have special bike paths for people who would rather commute to school or work by bicycle. If running errands with a car, try to make only one trip. This is a simple tip, but it can save an amazing amount of energy over taking two or three trips. When taking a car, try to carpool to keep fewer cars on the road. Rather than turning up the heat in the house, try tossing on an extra sweater. At the end of the night when your web surfing is finished, turn off the computer. This can result in big energy savings.
It doesn’t take a lot of energy to save a lot of energy. If each person helps simply by altering small personal habits, the results have the potential to save the planet.