Feature: Change to defer change
By Venus H. Sarmiento
Dagupan City (11 June) -- Before you think of any change connected to the title, this article deals on climate change and the small things we can do to defer it.
Climate change, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Office, is any change in climate over time, attributed directly or indirectly to human activities that alter the composition of the global atmosphere in addition to natural variability.
The most popular of the ways to defer climate change is the practice of the 3R's. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
By reducing, we can refer this simply to turning off the lights and electric appliances when not in use. It is good to use more energy- efficient electric appliances that last four times longer and use just 1/4th of the electricity.
It is advisable to reduce the use of non-renewable sources of energy and increase the use of renewable energy sources such as solar, hydro and wind.
It is also best to use and re-use cloth- bags when going to market instead of using plastic or paper bags. Cloth bags can be used over and over again and can be washed when dirty.
Ever wonder why your favorite fast food chains now use plates and glasses instead of the styrofoam materials? Well, they simply don't want to contribute to the alteration of climate. We must generate as little trash as possible because trash in landfill emit large quantities of methane and if burned, carbon dioxide is released.
Recycle cans, bottles, plastic bags and newspapers because when you recycle, you help save natural resources.
A good exercise is to plant trees in your neighborhood and look after them. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the air and gives off oxygen.
But the greatest change to defer climate change? Change lifestyle. Avoid too much use of the bath tub and the air conditioning unit. Take the bus, ride a bike or walk. It is not only healthy but also environment friendly. (PIA-Pangasinan) [top]