Our planet consistently faces the interconnected crises of biodiversity loss, climate change, and even global warming. Every living thing on Earth knows how important our planet is to our lives. We can’t imagine life without the Earth. Have you ever wondered how we would live if there was no Earth?
There would be no water to drink, no animals to live on, and of course no food to eat because there would be no agriculture. In other words, without the Earth, life for humans and other living beings is unimaginable. We humans sometimes think that we have irreversibly changed the Earth. However, our planet is a magnificent system in which energy, water, carbon, and many other life-giving elements circulate. It was formed about 4.5 billion years ago and has undergone enormous changes.
Still, it has become more important than ever to determine how we can heal Earth. Just what can we do to make the earth go back to how it used to be before industrialization? In this article, we will focus on explaining just what we can do to heal Earth and initiate its recovery.
The current State of Earth
Earth is currently plagued by many problems including rising global warming, pollution, a decline in water, and even food resources. From 1880 to 1980, the rate of annual temperature increase was 0.07 degrees Celsius globally. However, since 1981, this rate has increased to 0.18 degrees Celsius.
Due to this rapid rise in temperature throughout the world, glaciers have been melting, water resources are declining, and climate changes are being experienced. It is fundamentally caused by different human activities. For instance, the consistent burning of fossil fuels has emitted greenhouse gases into the environment. Coupled with the rise of industrialization, deforestation, and increasing emission of carbon dioxide, Earth is being affected dramatically (Change, 2019).
Need for Trees and Vegetation
Trees are undoubtedly essential to a healthy life. They not only store carbon dioxide and provide us with oxygen but also support wildlife and stabilize the soil itself. Not to mention, they also offer us materials for shelter and tools.
It is more than just a little important for trees, rainforests, and woodlands in urban settings to be sustainably managed and preserved across the globe. Most people ignore the significance of trees and vegetation even though they are more than just a little important.
For example, in a study published in 2013, adults were hooked up to a device that measured their brain waves before driving along a route in Edinburgh. After an 800-meter walk in the park, their brains were less agitated and more meditative.
It indicated that caring for nature is a responsibility that should be considered by every person. In fact, we need to teach our children. It is a time-consuming activity, but it is important to encourage it from an early age to help protect the world’s environment. The aim is to give children the principles and values to take care of ecosystems and natural resources.
A study published in the 1980s found that patients whose rooms faced trees recovered faster than those whose rooms faced walls. Interestingly, patients could feel the healing effects of native plants even when they were not in the garden. Numerous studies have shown that videos and wall paintings depicting nature and aquariums can lower stress levels and blood pressure and increase resistance to pain. Hospitals are also taking notice. Victoria Hospital in Winnipeg opened a $1.8 million garden this summer to help patients recover.
With the prevalence of trees and vegetation, there is undoubtedly a reduction in carbon dioxide. Other than just addressing this problem, the plantation of trees can be vital to the replenishment of life itself (Dietz, Shwom, & Whitley, 2020).
There has been significant speculation from researchers about how much time is required to heal Earth. To date, there is no exact estimate. It can take as few as 10 years to 10 decades. We are not aware of how much time is accurately required to make Earth go back to how it was a few centuries ago. Still, if the right measures are taken consistently, it will reduce the time required for Earth to heal.
In order to make the earth heal, we need to be systematic in our efforts and our approach. We need to utilize our resources more efficiently and make sure that we don’t contribute to the further deterioration of the environment.
Currently, ice in Greenland, Antarctica, and the Arctic is melting. There needs to be a focus on preserving ice and stopping it from melting. There is a need to reduce the current temperature by around 5-10 Celsius throughout the world.
Following are some important steps that must be taken to heal Earth:
- Elimination of Waste
People who are out in nature for long periods of time should make a habit of carrying a waste bag. The recently launched Trashtag initiative has also led to a growing movement to collect trash found on beaches, mountains, and riverbanks.
There is significant waste in almost every country. It is necessary for people to make sure that they collect waste and throw it in the designated places. For instance, whenever a person is going out, it is vital to carry a bag where waste can be carried.
If you are visiting a beach, you can still carry a bag with you to collect waste and plastic. It will play a critical role in making sure that a good example is set. For instance, it will not only help in reducing the waste but it will also ensure that others follow the example and also collect waste whenever they are out.
It will help in making sure that the global rate of waste is reduced to a significant extent. It will even reduce the amount of waste that is thrown in the ocean and affects marine life (O’Neill, et al., 2020).
- Implementation of Climate Change Interventions
The burning of coal, oil, and gas is the biggest cause of global warming and the most damaging to our planet. The burning of this carbon dioxide changes the basic chemical and physical properties of the atmosphere and oceans.
For every liter of coal or gasoline consumed, carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere. There it warms the earth, causing floods, fires, and droughts. Some of this added carbon dioxide dissolves in the oceans, increasing their acidity and threatening the marine food web.
There is a need for environmental authorities to collaborate with governments and create initiatives that can actually be implemented throughout the nations. In these programs, a number of general guidelines need to be created such as:
– Use recycled products.
– Do not leave electrical appliances unplugged.
– Use public transport.
– Turn off the tap.
In a similar manner, it is necessary for teachers to convey the need to take the right steps to students. Schools are the places where children are taught important principles and concepts. It is necessary for instructors to make sure that their students comprehend and understand the need to stick to the necessary principles such as not creating waste and using electricity minimally.
It will make sure that these practices are embedded in the behaviors and actions of students. They will continue to stay with the students even when they grow up.
So you can create a set of rules to take care of the planet. Involve students in the project: if they think their ideas will help the environment, they will be convinced that it is useful.
On the other hand, long-term projects can encourage students to get involved in the topic of sustainability because they allow them to see the results of their coursework.
- Plant Smartly
Although planting trees helps in the short term, because trees essentially absorb carbon dioxide, they release it when they die. This only delays the solution to the problem. But there are other reasons for planting trees: trees save energy as windbreaks and provide shade, which reduces cooling costs. Temporary lighting is also a good solution if well implemented.
As far as plants are concerned, you should try to ensure that your garden plants use less water. Choose hardier plants, plant plants that need more water in groups, and mulch to retain moisture. When mowing your lawn, remember to mow wisely: use a sharp knife and mow only when the grass needs cutting.
Finally, make sure you water your lawn in a controlled manner. This will save energy. Planting trees is one of the things you can do with your children that will make them happier. These trees produce oxygen and help absorb CO2, which is one of the causes of climate change on our planet. This is a solution that can help combat serious environmental problems such as deforestation and forest fires.
These environmentally friendly activities help children to realize how important it is to protect the world in which they live. Together they reinforce their values and protect the environment responsibly.
You should not only plant in your house but also in your neighborhood. People should make sure to plant trees and vegetation to maintain a green environment. It will play a crucial role in ensuring that carbon dioxide is reduced while the production of oxygen itself is increased to a significant extent.
- Recycling and Reuse
Recycling should be highlighted as one of the best environmental practices. More and more people value the process of recycling waste as it has a very positive impact on the environment.
As many manufacturers do not advertise their recycled products, it is good to know that aluminum and tin cans, glass packaging, and cellulose cardboard contain a large number of recycled materials. So buy them.
Recycled products are often much cheaper than non-recycled products, so they are cost-effective and environmentally friendly. For example, recycled paper can be a third cheaper than virgin paper.
Recycling and reusing are ways to protect the environment. It is therefore important that children learn to distinguish between different types of waste so that they can recycle it. Before buying products, check whether there are alternatives that produce less waste.
For example, food in glass packaging can be reused and recycled, while food in plastic packaging is not only more harmful to health, but in 91% of cases generates waste that cannot be reused or recycled. You can also teach them how to find new uses for old or damaged items. This is a fun activity that can encourage them to reduce pollution.
The most common advice is to avoid plastic and aluminum packaging, to pay particular attention to sorting waste at home and outdoors, and, of course, to rely on recycled products.
Finally, environmental aspects include reducing the use of aerosols, paying particular attention to oil recycling, and, above all, preserving ecosystems and biodiversity.
It is necessary for firms around the world to focus on recycling and reusing. It will help in making sure that minimal waste is created (Fawzy, Osman, Doran, & Rooney, 2020).
- Invest in Green Energy
How might we respond assuming that non-renewable energy sources ran out tomorrow? We produce power from sustainable sources like sunlight-based chargers, and geothermal and wind power. Numerous service organizations offer shoppers the choice to purchase environmentally friendly power energy. Request.
Actually, atomic power and flammable gas are harmless to the ecosystem choices. They are not. Radioactive waste will be an issue for a huge number of years, and petroleum gas emanates nearly as much carbon dioxide as coal and oil. Flammable gas can assist with the change, yet it isn’t the arrangement. Put resources into green stocks and environmentally friendly power organizations through socially capable assets. These assets proceed too (or better) than unfiltered reserves.
- Reduction of Plastic
Reducing the use of plastics is essential to protect our oceans and rivers. It is therefore important that children learn to choose food packaged in biodegradable and more natural materials. This will help them to develop new skills for responsible and environmentally friendly consumption. They can help the environment by taking part in food production that uses less plastic.
It is necessary for every person and even companies to make sure that the use of plastic is reduced.
So, what do we take from all of this? Well, we do not know how much time Earth will take to go back to how it was a few centuries ago. However, this time depends on our activities. We need to make sure that we are at least playing our part in protecting and helping Earth heal. There are some steps like cutting back the use of plastic, planting trees, and reducing the use of vehicles that we can consider. They can enable us to protect our environment.
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