WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR NATURE AS A HOME MANAGER?
- IWB Post
- March 21, 2014
Global warming is described as a gradual increase in the average temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere and its oceans, which is believed to be permanently changing the Earth’s climate. Carbon dioxide and other global warming pollutants are collecting in the atmosphere like a thickening blanket, trapping the sun’s heat and causing the planet to warm up.
Scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have recently predicted that average global temperatures could increase between 1.4 and 5.8 °C by the year 2100. Changes resulting from global warming may include rising sea levels due to the melting of the polar ice caps, as well as an increase in occurrence and severity of storms and other severe weather events.
We the women, being primarily a part of Nature can take many steps which will help to preserve the Earth. Let’s discover some entrepreneurial projects by women who have developed solutions to address environmental issues:
a) Low Smoke Stoves Project is delivering health and economic benefits to households in the strife-torn region of Darfur, Sudan, where climate change, drought and desertification are a fact of the life.
b) In Ghana, propelled by women’s leadership, the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative is tackling climate change and providing an income for women by training them to build and sell high-quality bamboo bicycles.
c) In Guatemala, women farmers are planting trees to sequester carbon and improve farming techniques.
d) And in Australia, 1 Million Women has grown to become the country’s largest women’s environmental organization, with a goal to get one million women to take small steps in their daily lives that shrink their carbon footprint.
We believe a woman is a building block of every construction in support of development. So here, being a Home-maker we ask you to join us in the campaign of reducing Global Warming. Follow these easy tips to make a difference!
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Choose reusable products instead of disposables & buy products with minimum packaging. Recycle paper, plastic, newspaper, glass and aluminum cans. If there isn’t a recycling program at your workplace, school, or in your community, ask about starting one. Single-use and rechargeable batteries can harm the environment if thrown away. Recycle these rechargeable batteries to save the environment. Some medications with expired date can contaminate the water when mixed. Some pharmacies will take back unused or expired drugs; otherwise take them to the HHW site.
- Reduce the consumption of Heat – Add insulation to your walls and attic, and install weather stripping or caulking around doors and windows to lower your heating costs more than 25 percent in winters.
- Change the bulbs of the house – Replace your tube-lights and bulbs of the house with CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs. When replaced one 60-watt incandescent light bulb with a CFL will save you money. CFLs also last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs, use two-thirds less energy, and give off 70 percent less heat.
- Drive less – Check out options for carpooling to work or school. While sitting beside your husband always make sure that your car is running efficiently. Tell your husband to keep tires properly inflated to improve the gas mileage by more than 3 percent. Every gallon of gas you save keeps 20 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.
- Reduce the use of hot water – Set your water heater at 120 degrees to save energy, and wrap it in an insulating blanket if it is more than 5 years old. Buy low-flow shower-heads to save hot water and about 350 pounds of carbon dioxide yearly. Wash your clothes in warm or cold water.
- Make a switch “Off” – Inculcate the habit of switching off all electronic gadgets like Fans, television or lights when not in use. Also adapt the same habit with turning the taps off when water is not in use.
- Buy locally grown organic foods – Shop whenever possible at farmer’s market. Supporting local farmers will strengthen local food chains and reduce the distance food travels to your table, thereby increasing the nutritional content of the food you eat.
- Maintain the garbage storage – Give carry bag to your kids in school & your husband for cars. Motivate all the family members to help in keeping the environment clean around them by putting the garbage in their carry bags. Ask your children to throw the garbage only in dustbins instead of throwing it here and there.
- Proper use of Washing machines/Dishwashers – Make sure when you pursue to wash the clothes or dishes, the amount of clothes and dishes is appropriate. Using such gadgets just for few clothes or dishes will waste a big amount of water. As the less amount of stuff will not affect the already prescribed by the program consumption of water.
- Buy the right products – Use fewer amount of house & toilet cleaners in your house. Avoid the purchase of room freshener sprays, instead use flowers or some natural fragrant things to keep the house fresh. Ask for the ‘Eco-friendly’ products from the vendors. Also ask manufacturers if they have conducted life cycle studies on their products.
- Plant Trees – Planting trees is the best option to reduce Global warming. A single tree will absorb approximately one ton of carbon dioxide during its lifetime. Adapt a new ritual of planting trees on your family occasions like birthdays & marriages. Your one idea can change the whole generation drastically.
SHARE YOUR IDEAS IN COMMENTS HOW A WOMAN CAN HELP STOP GLOBAL WARMING!