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Environment and Human Behavior

Environment and Human Behavior

What is the relationship that exists between human behavior and the environment?

This question has been thoroughly studied by environmental psychologists, they seek to understand how the things that surround us and the environment have an impact on our well-being and behavior. But also, they are studying how our behaviors and actions are affecting the environment as well; for example, pollution, which takes effect because of our actions, affects our well-being.

 

 

But on the other hand, we human beings can take positive actions towards our environment, for example, recycling and using recycled products. By doing so, we save a huge amount of energy since recycling consumes less energy when we compare it to producing something from scratch. In turn, this positive behavior has a positive impact on our environment, since it helps us battle global warming and climate change, which are one of the biggest threats that our species are facing.

So can we claim that humans have direct impact on their environment and surroundings, are we responsible for global warming? A lot of evidence suggest that, yes, we are the ones who are responsible for the current situation.

 

For example, a volcano activity might occur, which releases greenhouse gases in enormous quantities. Such event is classified as a natural cause when we are studying the origins of global warming. However, when scientists studied the behavior of climate change, statistics showed that the changes are too drastic and quick, which means that natural causes can not be held responsible for climate change.

During the past century, humans have been capable of making huge leaps in technological advancements, now while we were becoming better in certain areas like agriculture, energy and industrial production; we were also affecting our atmosphere.

Detrimental Impacts of Greenhouse Gases

 

There are a lot of greenhouse gas sources which include planes, automobiles, agriculture, and most important industrial production. The problem with greenhouse gases is that they absorb and emit heat, for example, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and methane is abundant in our atmosphere.

The increase in temperature does not mean we will enjoy a warmer winter, it results however in heat waves, wildfires and rise of water levels due to the melting of sea ice which leads to floods.

Unfortunately, scientists predict that with time, we will be experiencing an even bigger harmful impact, for example, since the ambient temperature is rapidly increasing, animals and plants are failing at adapting as quickly, which leads to them not being able to survive, and that will result in their extinction.

 

The question now arises, how can we slow down the effects of climate change to avoid these catastrophic consequences?

First of all, we need to admit the existence of a dangerous problem, raise awareness around the topic and start to take action. Climate change is a real threat to our planet and our existence as a species.

The real hard truth is we do not have time to wait, we need to start now, by practicing positive behaviors such as recycling, conserving energy, minimizing our industrial activities / make them less polluting, use automobiles less. All of these are useful measures that we should take.

 

Also, we must consume less meat, chicken and dairy products, because their agriculture industry plays a big role in contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.

We must work every day on slowing down climate change and hopefully reverse its effect on our planet.

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How you can contribute to making the world a cleaner place

How you can contribute to making the world a cleaner place

Every one of us should strive to leave a positive impact on the world, one of the best ways to do exactly that is recycling. It is important to both the environment and us.

Every day, you should try to reduce the amount of wasted produced by you, this is one of the most effective ways to help the environment.

Next, reusing things instead of throwing them away is an excellent way to prevent wattage and polluting the environment.

However, if you cannot reuse, then consider recycling, the materials you throw away to be used again by making them into new products. (For example paper)

Here are a couple of things you can do at different places to help in stopping waste production:

  • At work
  • Packing your lunch in reusable boxes instead of using tin foil.
  • Try going paperless as much as possible, if you cannot, then use only what you need.
  • If an email, phone call or a personal visit gets the job done , then do not use paper
  • If you’re going to print something , choose the double-sided option
  • Choose refillable items such as printer cartridges, glue etc.
  • Reuse folders rather than order new ones
  • Recycle cans, plastic and glass bottles, paper, card, etc.

 

 

  • At Home
  • Avoid giving presents with excess packaging.
  • Have a go at making your own presents or cards
  • Buy solar-powered items such as pocket calculators and watches.
  • Choose products that can use mains power rather than batteries
  • Use rechargeable batteries when appropriate.
  • Consider growing your own vegetables – many varieties can be grown in small gardens.
  • Donate unwanted furniture and appliances to a furniture reuse scheme
  • Repair broken items rather than buy new ones
  • Take old carrier bags to the shop with you to use again or use them as bin liners
  • Scrap paper can be used both sides, for children’s drawings, shopping lists
  • Re-use containers like margarine tubs for storage of nails or coloring pencils
  • Donate unwanted clothing and small household items to charity shops and jumble sales.
  • Reuse items wherever possible. For example yoghurt pots are ideal for growing seedlings, swap magazines with friends, or give them to surgeries for waiting rooms.
  • Use local recycling facilities such as glass bottle banks, plastic bottle banks, can banks, shoe banks, textile banks etc.
  • Participate in any recycling service your district or borough council may offer from your home.

 

 

  • When Shopping
  • If you are buying a computer, enquire whether it can be upgraded easily without the need for a complete replacement. This means you will only need new components rather than a completely new computer.
  • Many products can be bought loose and in less packaging; DIY products (such as screws and paint brushes); fruit and vegetables; meats and cheese; stationery
  • Buy concentrated products or products sold in refill packs such as detergents, fabric conditioner, household cleaners and herbs and spices
  • Avoid buying lots of different cleaning products which are designed for different purposes, choose one multi-purpose cleaner instead
  • Avoid buying mini portions of food such as cereals, jam and coffee on a regular basis
  • Use crates to take home your shopping, or support ‘bag for life’ schemes
  • Buy re-useable products instead of disposable ones, like rechargeable batteries, plastic picnic tableware instead of paper ones.

 

Hopefully, you try to implement some of these (or all of them if you can) in your day to day life. The tips mentioned above are related to the concept of 3Rs, which stands for: reduce, reuse and recycle.

The point is to produce less trash, reuse things instead of throwing them away and finally recycling, so that we can remake new things from old stuff which reduces waste.

 

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