Green resources of Our planet
May 22, 2014
It's about time we started owning up to the fact that we are polluting our atmosphere at an alarming rate, and whilst we see the effects of global warming in the rapid melting of the ice-caps and erratic weather systems that dominate the planet, it's still too easy to dismiss it as someone else's problem.
We have a tendency as a people to say, well it's China, or a large-scale industrial plant that's doing the real damage – it's not us! But we have to realise that these processes which create the noxious gasses that poison our air, are a bi-product of an industry that is trying to keep up with our demands and needs at the lowest cost.
We need to start looking at home, on our doorstep, to see what we can do first and foremost. This will then have a rippling effect and spread throughout the rest of the Earth.
So the question is, “what can you do?”
I've done it – I'm sure you have too. You're a little tired and you can't be bothered to separate the cans from the rest of your rubbish so you lob it all in together proclaiming that “it's only one can – that's not going to matter”.
The problem is that we all do this. It's not only one can, it's a million. Two million. Three. Four. Before you know it there are more going into the landfills than recycling plants. You just have to commit yourself to doing it. It's not only cans either. You will find that most of your garbage can be recycled if you take it down to the local dump. So start here, start small.
We're using more electricity than we ever have before in human history. Practically everything we do nowadays (down to even reading a book!) is done with an electronic device which requires power to come from somewhere. In most cases, this is the burning of fossil fuels or natural gas which releases an incredible amount of CO2 and other harmful gases into the atmosphere – not to mention the radiation produced which is considerably more than nuclear power stations even!
Solar panels have become incredibly accessible and really quite affordable; there are even help to buy schemes that are available for those less well off. Excess energy produced can be pooled and shared amongst the community, which (if large enough) results in a pay back scheme. After a while they end up paying for themselves and go a long way to reducing your carbon footprint.
Almost always overlooked as a source of reducing our carbon footprint, forestry is a totally natural way for us to combat the amount of carbon monoxide that we produce through industrial processes. Acting as carbon sinks, sequestering the gas from the atmosphere, they purify our air and reduce the total amount of green house gases suffocating our planet.
“But what do forests have to do with me?” I hear you ask. Well, there are a great deal of charities that work almost exclusively on donations and volunteers, which have been established to preserve our already existing forests as well as to create new areas. The Forestry Commission is one such organisation, and a charity that we work closely with. At Oak Windows, we also plant a tree for every order placed with us – to give back to nature what we've taken away. We urge you to get involved too!
Green resources and practices are very close to our heart and we want everyone play their part. If you have any further opinions or ideas on ways in which we can preserve the planet, then please leave a comment in the section below.
Image by Joshua Mayer