Learn about the environment, why it is important and an overview of our EcoChoice program.
The environment is everything all around us. All our surroundings like the air, soil, water, plants and animals make up the environment. It is all parts of the planet we live on. So that makes it pretty important doesn’t it!? Our environment is very important and we all need to make sure it is being looked after.
Pollution is when something is added to the environment that is harmful or poisonous to living things. Pollutants damage the quality of air, water, and land.
Pollution is happening to our environment currently, more pollution than the planet can naturally process, which means long term damage to our planet – that we may not be able to repair. Humans are the biggest polluters of the planet, so it is our responsibility to always try and reduce pollution wherever we can.
Sustainability means meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Think of it this way, to live sustainably today you and I all have to make decisions and choices that are positive for our environment, reduce pollution and mean that the future children just like you, have a healthy planet to live on
Recycling is a way to reduce the amount of garbage or rubbish that is thrown away. Most garbage is sent to landfill and when it gets there some of it causes pollution. So recycling is when we find ways of throwing away less garbage and find more ways of re-using items. You might have a recycling bin that looks a little like these images at home. Recycling is a sustainable way of creating less waste and less pollution – so we always want to find more ways to recycle.
Composting is an easy way to turn certain types of waste into useable material for your garden. Mostly items that come from the kitchen and the food we eat, as well as green waste from the garden like fallen leaves can be combined to make compost. In the right environment with some added help by worms and other bugs, these items break down naturally and make a natural plant food that can be used in the garden. Composting is another sustainable way of giving us a healthier environment and creating less pollution.
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