Updated: Jan 24, 2021
Global warming cannot be resolved by one person alone but the little things we each do together can make a big difference. This post by Yaa Frempomaa is the second instalment of '10 ways to tackle climate change' and shares two more actions ordinary people can do to tackle the destruction.
3 - SAY NO TO PLASTIC
Believe it or not but the majority of the waste we generate in our homes and workplaces finds its way into the ocean. Dumping sewage in the ocean is also considered to be the cheapest and the easiest way of disposing of waste but the ocean plays an essential role in providing over 70% of the oxygen we breathe and over 97% of the world’s water supply. It also regulates climate and weather patterns by transporting heat from the equator to the poles, according to the National Ocean Service.
We can play our part by saying no to straws, lids, and plastic bags. Carry your own utensils, use reusable water bottles and buy grains, nuts, and other items in the bulk. Replace single-use plastic food wrapping with a more eco-friendly option like the leaf of katemfe plant (Thaumatococcus daniellii) also known as the miracle plant, sweet prayer plant or ewe moi-moi.
It does not only protect the environment but has medicinal qualities as well.
They include flavonoids, saponins and tannins, which are released into food when it makes contact with the katemfe leave, according to site StayWellNow.
Flavonoids are chemicals that reduce the amount of fats and cholesterol in the blood, reduce the formation of blood clots, have anti-viral properties and protect the blood vessels.
Saponins are also known to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and tannins are thought to have anti-diabetic properties. Users are advised to wash the leaves with salt solution or water containing some vinegar and drain drying them in a well-sealed, clean container.
Car exhaust fumes contain poisonous chemicals, including carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, formaldehyde, benzene and soot, which cause a range of health problems, from allergies including skin irritation, heart disease and asthma. Long-term repeated exposure to diesel exhaust fumes may also increase the risk of lung cancer, according to automotive services company RAC.
Walk more, cut down on automotive transportation, avoiding harsh braking and rapid acceleration and practise more sustainable transport habits such as cycling, ridesharing, choosing climate-friendly cars. If it is possible, move close to work or consider the option of working from home.
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