Young people these days take a lot of flack from the older generation for one thing or another. However, many are keen to actually do their bit for the community, society and the environment. The green cause has been highlighted to people of all ages over recent years, and it is up to everyone to get involved in helping to protect the environment, including young people.
Helping the environment doesn’t have to be complicated or even particularly time consuming. No matter what your age, there are many simple yet highly effective ways in which you can do your bit for the environment, both at home and out and about.
5 simple ways in which young people can do their bit
There are various ways in which you can help the environment as a younger person, and 5 very simple yet effective methods include:
Turning things off when not in use: Many young people are guilty of leaving things on even when they are not using them. This could be anything from the light switch in the bedroom to the computer or the TV set. Even on standby, this can use up unnecessary energy, which impacts on the environment and household bills. Taking a second to switch things off when not in use is one of the simplest ways to do your bit.
Avoid littering: Littering is a big problem in many towns and cities in countries around the world – and people of all ages are guilty of it. Another very simple way of helping the environment and helping to clean up the local area is to ensure that you do not litter. If you can’t see a bin right next to you when you are out, just hang on to your rubbish and wait until you get to one.
Recycle your stuff: Recycling is an important part of protecting the environment, and there are many things you can recycle. In fact, recycling can benefit you as well as the environment. You can recycle your old mobile phones or sell your clothes for cash, for example. Many of the things you own and no longer need or use can be recycled and in some cases you can get a little money back for them in to the bargain.
Cut back on car usage: When you first pass your driving test in your teens and get a car, it can be sorely tempting to drive pretty much everywhere, even if you are only going around the corner. Be mindful about how much you are using the car, and if possible leave it at home and walk. This is healthier for you, cheaper, and means that you can go that extra mile to help the environment.
Get involved in a community project: If you want to get more involved with protecting the environment, take some time to find out about local community projects or projects at school or college.
No matter how big or small your contribution is, every step you take towards protecting the environment is a step that will benefit the whole planet.