“Every action has an equal opposite reaction,” this may seem like an obvious idea but few people take this into consideration when living their everyday lives. The people of this world are not taking into consideration the amount of energy and natural resources that are being used by the most minute tasks. Every person leaves behind an ecological footprint when they pass away and recently the size of shoe that is leaving its imprint is taking up a large chunk of the world with just one step. An ecological footprint is the “measurement of the ecological assets that a given person/population requires to produce the natural resources it consumes and to absorb its waste” (Ecological Footprint). In simpler terms an ecological footprint is the impact a person has on Earth expressed by the amount of natural resources they exploit. In this how to paper, I will be giving simple ways each person can reduce their own ecological footprints and make sure that this world is here to stay for future generations.
When reducing our ecological footprint starting with the small things is probably the easiest way to begin. It will be an adjustment at first but similar to all other habits, once you do the small things for a while they will become almost second nature. To begin, one of the easiest things we can all do to reduce our ecological footprint is recycling (Reduce Your Ecological Footprint). Whether this is recycling objects within our household or taking our recyclables to local recycling center. We can recycle almost everything including paper, glass, aluminum, plastic, and even electronics. By recycling more frequently you are allowing for natural resources to have more time to replenish before it is needed again, plus most things were made for more than a one-time use. An extremely easy task that would help tremendously in reducing your footprint is giving up plastic water bottles (Reduce Your Ecological Footprint). Plastic water bottles are one of the leading materials in the oceans and landfills. By having the same water bottle that you use every day, you can reduce the amount of plastic being made by water bottle companies and help stop the plastic islands in the oceans from getting any bigger. Another step you can take to reduce your ecological footprint is by unplugging everything before you leave the house. Large electronics still suck up energy even when they are turned off so by unplugging the electronics you are saving electricity and saving money because your power bill will be lowered (Reducing Your Ecological Footprint). An easy way to unplug all your electronics is by using a power strip. If you use a power strip you just have to un plug and plug back in one thing which easy to do compared to unplugging each item one at a time. If you do not want to use a power strip you can also unplug each appliance after you are done using it. The past three things I have mentioned are steps you can take to reducing your ecological footprint inside your home. They are simple and if you stick to doing them every day you will reduce the size of your footprint and even save some money.
These next steps I am going to talk about deal with your carbon emissions. These are a little bit harder to stick with but will have a dramatic change in your ecological footprint. Driving less or carpooling are two major things you can do when it comes to reducing your carbon emissions(Conger). I know this does not sound like the most ideal situation but even if it is just once a week or double checking you have everything when you are at the grocery store so you do not have to go back for a second trip, you are still reducing your carbon emissions and saving money on gas. If you are planning on going on a trip, try getting there some other way besides by airplane. Airplanes are a huge factor in carbon emissions(Conger). I know it might not seem ideal but if you care about his earth and are trying to reduce the impact you leave, skipping out on a plane ride will help you reach that goal. Reducing your carbon emissions will be harder to do then the three steps I listed in the previous paragraph but will have a larger impact in reducing your overall ecological footprint.
Reducing your ecological footprint will take some work, but by doing just the small things you can help save the earth and help out future generations by leaving them at least a tiny bit of resources for them to work with. Plus, you will be saving money which is always a good thing.
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