Ecological Footprints – how do you deal with your wastes?

Have you ever wondered what kind of footprint your lifestyle is leaving on the planet? Are you really aware of how much natural resources you consume to support your habits?

After exploring so much and for so long time the resources of our planet, it was necessary to understand how our lifestyle leaves marks, “footprints” and have been harming the Earth. This planet has not “endless” natural resources and the way we deal with our massive waste is directly connected to the effects we have faced.

The human lifestyle, especially people from industrialized countries, have lived and explored water and other resources like it would “serve” us forever. But, as it is clear that we need to respect and learn how to make better use of this, the major Countries are trying to reverse the harmful effects and find viable and urgent outputs.

In times of disproportionate consumption and materialism, the industrialization, deforestation of our forests, gas emissions and the misuse of water; have affected alarmingly the future of the planet Earth.

The COP 21 in Paris that will happen between November, 30th and December, 11th 2015 is a joint effort of governments from various countries and the civil society, which is expected to approve an agreement to cut the pollution emission and to curb global warming. This is a very important action with a broad and “macro” vision of the matter. There is a domestic political concern that the biggest polluters – China and USA – will not approve a law even within their countries. For more details about the event visit: http://www.cop21paris.org/

However, what could we do also to collaborate under a micro approach? The idea of some people that “if others are not doing anything, then I also will not act”… is petty and limited. We all have responsibility and must respect our natural resources, to be able to enjoy and live here. If each of us save one drop of water, it certainly will sum an ocean of actions.

One bad habit that can change right now and start to “protect” our groundwater table and soil is the disposal of waste oil from the kitchen. What do you do with the remainder of the oil you use to cook? Do you pour it in the sink?

Did you know that it can be recycled and become resin, animal feed and biodiesel? And by doing it you will avoid the contamination of the soil, rivers and ocean. The unserviceable oil can be recycled and regenerated to preserve the environment.

Dispose the used oil in a bottle and deliver it to a collection station in your city. You can also organize the collection in your neighborhood, company or school. Promote awareness, be aware and make the difference to protect our planet. Leave a positive footprint on the world.

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