LCLAA urges Latinos to be active participants in the betterment of their community. Through political action, careful choices, and support, we can clean up the environment and make the most of the resources we have available to us. Below are five strategies to help you get started today!
Littering can be very detrimental to the environment. When you throw your trash on the ground, you are upsetting the delicate balance of the ecosystem around you. Whether it is by leaving wrappers on the ground which are not bio-degradable and can cause a choking hazard to animals or children playing nearby, or on a larger scale of companies dumping hazardous materials into areas such as nearby water sources contaminating that ecosystem, littering is never good. Keep the environment clean. Dispose of your waste properly by throwing it out. In many cases, you can actually dispose of your waste by recycling or composting.
Recycling is the process of converting a previously used product into a reusable product. Below are some items that can be recycled:
- shopping bags
Take the time to note items in your home that you can recycle.
Composting is when organic matter is allowed to decay and forms plant fertilizer. This fertilizer is rich with nutrients for plants and keeps organic matter from filling up the landfills. When combined with broken -up plant matter, the right amount of aeration, and water, organic items such as the aforementioned food begin to break-up creating nutrient rich humus, also known as soil that will not break-down any further.
You can purchase mechanisms or find a closed secluded area in your backyard to start recycling left-over food items such as banana peels or egg shells.
Taking public transportation reduces the amount of air pollution while also reducing the amount of oil we need from the environment. It is also a great way to save money since you won’t have to spend money on gas, car insurance, or purchase a vehicle. Research the modes of public transportation best available to you in your local area. If you live outside the reach of public transportation, consider carpooling with family, friends, neighbors, or coworkers to get to similar destinations. Bicycling is also another way to reduce air pollution and it is also a way to maintain your health through exercise!
The Environmental Protection Agency is a government agency that writes and enforces regulations based on what Congress passes as law in regards to the protection of people and the environment. However, it is the responsibility of the people to make sure the laws accurately represent their needs. Become informed about environmental issues and remain politically engaged. Voice your opinion through your local government and congressman. Find out more by logging on to the Environmental Protection Agency website.
LCLAA encourages you to become active in your community today! Incorporate these and other eco-friendly strategies into your life. Don’t be limited by what you see here, but rather continue to learn more and spread that knowledge to others. Only by working together can we create a better world for tomorrow!