When scientists first realized that our production and consumption patterns were damaging the environment, the world didn’t take much notice of it. It was not until serious issues started to emerge from environmental degradation cases that they were taken seriously. Fortunately, the level of sensitivity around this matter is now higher than it was in the past. That said, though, there are still daily habits that we can change to help the environment.
1. Supporting Recycling
There are a lot of things we use today which can be recycled to make other products. That helps to reduce the amount of waste around us, cuts back on the energy emissions from production processes that would have been required to create new objects and more. Thus, there are dedicated sections for recycling items such as glass, plastic, fabric and more today. More to just taking your used recyclable items to these places, though, you can do better by buying recycled items or, even better, hiring items instead. That way, you are embracing the green model even more. Even global brands like Nike have already started making new sneakers from recycled items. All you have to do is check around for items that are environmentally friendly.
2. Eating Right
You might not know this, but activities as simple as eating could help better the environment too. The world has a huge appetite for meat, and that does not seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. This is a big issue because livestock farming is the source of most greenhouse gas emissions in the agricultural niche. Likewise, more land is taken up for cultivating animal food than is required for the planting of crops for human consumption. This is why there is a big push for the creation of plant-based meat. Likewise, it is best to only get meat and fish from vendors with a reputable source. This is how to ensure you are not eating meat from animals killed by poachers, or fishes obtained from illegal fishing activities. You might not see how these ties in with the environment yet. With illegal fishing, there is the use of unregulated practices which can negatively impact the water and fishes living in there. Furthermore, it is estimated that the majority of debris in the Pacific Ocean comes from fishing gear, and we can bet that illegal fishing has a hand in that.
The future of environmental health
These seemingly inconsequential lifestyle changes as suggested above will have a lot of positive impacts on the environment, only if a lot of people would adopt them too. The good news for the environment is that more people are getting sensitive to its needs. That will explain why we have now started seeing the deployment of technology to make things better for the ecosystem at large. Considering the case of illegal fishing mentioned above, blockchain tech has been deployed to help combat the excesses of rogue fishermen. With smart contracts in place, fish quotas can be properly imposed, fishing gear properly accounted for, and more. Trackers and sensors are also widely deployed in conservation centers to protect the animals and trees there from poachers. Of course, there are some concerns in this model – one of which is having the sensors hacked by unscrupulous individuals wanting to perpetrate their evil deeds at all costs. A solution to that will be to properly secure your network with a VPN or to ensure traffic is encrypted. Thus, we can have an answer to the problems that can arise from any safeguard put in place to keep the environment safe. At least, if we don’t do it for ourselves, let’s do it for the coming generations.
Brad Smith is a technology expert at TurnOnVPN, a non-profit promoting a safe, secure, and censor-free internet. He writes about his dream for a free internet and unravels the horror behind big techs.
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