7 things you can do to save the planet

Member of the Erasmus Sustainability Hub: Zara Cunningham
Member of the Erasmus Sustainability Hub: Zara Cunningham

Erasmus University Rotterdam intends to become one of the most sustainable universities in the Netherlands. You want to help? Here’s how.

 

Ever heard about the Erasmus Sustainability Hub (ESH)? It’s located in the Sanders Building, next door to Starbucks (so hard to miss), and brings together all university initiatives regarding energy, sustainability, community work, and environment. One of its aims is to actively involve as many students as possible in creating a more green university. So, pay them a visit, or, in the meantime, get going yourself. How? Like this.

1. Recycle
This might be obvious, but recycling as much as you can is one of the best things you can do to help the environment. So now, more than ever, it's important to get into the habit of recycling.

2. Reuse plastic
The less plastic you throw away, the better. Try drinking from a reusable bottle instead of buying water bottles every day, and reusing plastic bags.

3. Eat less meat
The meat industry has a massive carbon footprint. Eating meat contributes to the loss of trees (which are cut down to rear animals) and rearing animals for food generates a massive amount of raw waste (which is the number one source of water pollution). Moreover, it takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of meat, compared to only 25 gallons to produce a pound of wheat.


If you want to do your bit for the environment, try to reduce the amount of meat in your diet. Alternatively, try to have one day a week without meat.

4. Shower
Opting for a shower instead of a bath is one of the best ways to cut down on the amount of water you use, as well as turning the tap off when you’re brushing your teeth or washing the dishes.

5. Cut down on food waste
We throw away seven million tons of food every year. If we would stop wasting the food that’s still edible, the impact on the environment would be the equivalent of taking a quarter of cars off the road. As well as being mindful of how much food you buy, use the food that you do waste to make it into compost.

6. Eat and buy locally
Eating and buying food that’s been produced closer to home is another small step in helping, as you’re supporting local farmers who don’t pollute the environment shipping goods over long distances. Also less packaging is probably used.

7. Get involved
There are many ways you can get involved in climate change activism. A quick online search of what’s going on in your local area will show what you can get involved in, whether it’s litter picking, volunteering for an environmental charity, or helping to raise awareness.

These 7 tips have been recycled from: https://www.indy100.com/article/ways-to-help-environment-7497606