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Question of the Week: What did you do to protect human health and the environment today?

2010 February 22

All of us can take part in protecting human health and caring for our environment. Whether it be doing something big like organizing a community recycling project, or doing something on a smaller scale like picking up a piece of trash someone else may have dropped, our combined efforts really can make a difference.  Tell us about something you did today to help us make a difference.

What did you do to protect human health and the environment today?

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  1. Christina permalink
    February 28, 2010

    I think the problem is lack of education. Also, you know the “it won’t happen to me” attitude. People in our culture are so used to a throw away society, I don’t think they give it much consideration. I live in Missouri and I’ve noticed more people are recycling now days, so maybe if we educate people and lead by example, it can make a difference. The ocean problem is a deeper issue because it’s not just plastic and trash that are hurting oceans. Pesticides, herbicides, over harvesting of fish, killing of coral reefs….. it so complicated.

    Teaching people to recycle is a good first step to reducing the amount of solid waste going into our landfills.

  2. Christina permalink
    February 28, 2010


  3. Christina permalink
    February 28, 2010

    I agree about the population growth. Unfortunately, I don’t think we’ve come up with a solution to the problem. This sounds really negative, but in the end, our over population will take care of itself just as it does in wildlife populations.

  4. Christina permalink
    February 28, 2010

    I am encouraging a private school in my area to develop recycling and environmental education programs. Part of the environmental education will include teaching the children about natural resources. Another focus will be teaching the children about respecting the environment and taking simple actions to care for our planet.

  5. Greg P. permalink
    March 1, 2010

    As a Home inspector and BPI energy auditor, each day we are checking properties for thier condition and operation and what area’s could use improving or correcting.
    This increases the buildings effeciancy, cost less to operate and most importantly improves the comfort for the occupants.

    Equaly important is recognizing potential hazards that need correcting by a qualified professional in those area’s of expertise.
    No property is ever the same, it has its challenges and with that its rewards.

  6. Lenore permalink
    March 1, 2010

    I have distributed educational material within the dept. at hospital, encouraging recycling. I brought in a 33 gallon bin from home for people to recycle plastic bottles, cans, and paper. Initially, it was slowly received, but now, is brimming full, 3x per week!

  7. Diane permalink
    March 1, 2010

    -Replaced 50-year old washing machine with new, energy efficient model (with gov’t rebate, too!)
    -Prepare coffee and breakfast at home
    -Prepare more whole foods at home; few pre-pkgd. items=little land-fill contribution
    -Use cloth shopping bags (Many stores even reward shoppers for this!)
    -Recycle and compost
    -Use washable dishes
    -Use cold water from refrigerated pitcher
    -Brief shower
    -Water off while brushing teeth
    -Unplug appliances when not in use
    -Prepare lunch at home; lessen takeout packaging
    -Turn down thermostat before leaving home. More clothing, less heat needed. Use weatherization and insulated drapes. Let sunshine in during peak times, heating naturally.
    -Park further away; emitting less gas emitions & gaining better health
    -Use stairs, not elevator
    -Reusable water bottle and coffee mug
    -Use electronic sharing; printing less
    -Check out bus schedule for Spring; ride bike, hop on bus combo
    -Incorporate plants inside & out, adding Oxygen and counteracting CO2 and toxins (i.e., printers, photocopiers)

  8. Becky permalink
    March 1, 2010

    You go girl ;o)

  9. Becky permalink
    March 1, 2010

    You get at A+++
    Children are one of our greatest assets when it comes to making positive impacts on the future of our environment. We under-estimate the power of providing them with the information they need to make positive decisions and changes!
    We should all strive to influence even one child to conserve, reuse, reutilize, to respect their environment and wildlife.
    Good job Christina!

  10. Brenda(wilson high) permalink
    March 2, 2010

    About your comment that people should be educated, well at our school that’s what they are doing. We are taking a class called Environmental Law. My classmate Andres as well as the rest of our class is new to this. We are trying our best to help the environment, the fact that my classmate Andres didn’t litter is great because that means he is learning something. It would be better if u could give us ideas so we can help the environment even more then to ask what u asked.Thank You.

  11. Brent Allington permalink
    April 1, 2010

    I slept with the air off and windows open! It was great :)
    Brent Allington

  12. joelb05 permalink
    May 30, 2010

    solar panels to protect human health and the environment today.

  13. kuboja reuben permalink
    June 12, 2010

    this is what i did and i am still doing, every piece of it can be paper, food residual products of any kind i do correct and paste into the dust bin, to protect the human and its resources healthy, to avoid air pollution, diseases by whether infection or different way.

  14. Allan permalink
    June 14, 2010

    Looks like every one enjoying here


  15. Dr.Space Man permalink
    June 14, 2010

    After purchasing my brand new Toyota Prius three weeks ago I was able to convince a family member to purchase one as well. When he picks it up today there will be two gas guzzlers taken off the road and replaced with two fuel efficient cars.

    I highly recommend this car considering I’ve driven almost 300 miles so far on only 5 gallons of gas!!! The only thing that shadows the comfort and drive-ability of the car is the $aving$!!!

    I’ve now also inspired a coworker to consider putting himself into a hybrid as well.

    Go out and test drive your new hybrid today!! The environment and your wallet will thank you.


  16. Jon permalink
    August 29, 2010

    After having read through everyones comments – well done. As for me, I turned off the air-con, cycled to work & installed energy saving lightbulbs.

    Keep up the good work! Jon.

  17. Dan Davids permalink
    September 9, 2010

    We are planning on re-selling cheaper electric out of our retail outlets.

  18. Tom Taylor permalink
    September 21, 2010

    Awesome Posts. I’m trying to help people become much healthier!

    We can change the world one step at a time :-)

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