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July

Educating Your Children Regarding Ecosystem Preservation

Teaching children about ecosystem preservation is best done with a hands-on approach. Books and videos can only teach so much. Getting the children into the yard to grow plants will teach them how nature works and how different processes are interconnected.

A garden can be planted with different plants that will teach children about the sun. They can learn why plants need sunlight and grow better with an abundant amount. They can learn that other plants prefer shade and how shaded light is Read the rest of this entry »

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May

3 Ways to Protect Local Community Ecosystems

A great way to protect the local ecosystem is to actively clean up the environment. You can form environmental groups in your community and start cleaning up local bodies of water such as ponds, lakes, streams and rivers. Many communities across the United States have bodies of water that are saturated with loads of trash. It’s a shame that a local pond or lake turns into a dumping ground for garbage, tires and other large items. Such trash can actually have toxic effects on the local wildlife Read the rest of this entry »

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April

Support Renewable Energy Programs to Reduce Water Pollution

Water is the most important compound to sustaining life on earth. Almost every vital chemical reaction either uses water or produces it. It’s incredibly important that we have a good supply of this precious resource. However, a good supply predicates the healthfulness of the water. Dirty water can be just as devastating, if not more so, than an absence of water. We thus need healthy water, free of contaminants and carcinogenic pollutants. But here we are forced with a tragic dilemma. This kind of water is incredibly rare.

Why Clean Water is Rare

Clean drinking water has always been excessively rare. Less than three percent of the world’s water is desalinated or “fresh.” Of that, less than two thirds are appropriated for drinking. Even less is deemed suitable. We’re looking at less than one percent of the world’s water. This number is shrinking rapidly due to our continued industrialization. The biggest cause is our efforts to collect nonrenewable resources. Drilling and processing the fossil fuels taxes our environment in a number of ways. Switching instead to green energy is a great step forward in making clean water more available.

How Supporting Renewable Energy Will Help Promote Clean Water

You see, nonrenewable energy also relies heavily on water. We can look to offshore drilling as an obvious example. We traverse the oceans for a good spot to drill and then we decimate local ecosystems in the pursuit. In the disastrous cases of oil spills, we also deal a heavy blow to the water itself.

Mining for minerals also uses water to cool drills and to pump out sediment. This causes our extremely limited fresh water supplies to be tainted. If we switched instead to greener initiatives, we could help reduce the harmful impact of fossil fuels on our water systems.

If you can’t afford to install your own renewable energy generation equipment you can still support renewable energy development through purchasing green power from your electric company. Search “http://www.texasenergycompanies.net/ambit-energy-texas/” to find the best rates on green energy plans in New York’s deregulated energy market. You can also contact your local utility and inquire about renewable energy options.

Many utilities partner with non-profit organizations to give customers an option to offset their electricity use with “blocks” of green energy purchased from the charitable organization. Often times, your purchase from the non-profit is tax-deductible as a charitable contribution. It’s a win-win situation!

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27

February

5 Ways To Keep Local Waterways Pure And Clean

Clean waterways are important to every community. Here are five ways that you can help keep local waterways clean and free from pollution.

PICK UP TRASH
Most storm drains empty into a local stream or creek. Trash that is left on the ground including paper, drink bottles and anything else that can be carried by runoff will eventually end up in a local waterway unless it is collected and disposed properly.

MAINTAIN VEHICLES
Maintaining your personal vehicles can help keep oil, antifreeze and other engine fluids from collecting on driveways and streets Read the rest of this entry »

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24

February

3 Activities In Your Yard That Can Pollute Waterways

Clean water is an important resource that we need to think about preserving, but it is important to remember how our actions impact the waterways around us. There are many common things that affect our waterways in a very negative manner.

Fertilizers
Fertilizers are very high in nitrates and other compounds that can affect the waterways. When the rain comes down, fertilizers get washed out of your garden and into the sewers, rivers and streams. Read the rest of this entry »

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20

February

Reducing Local Pollution In The Rainwater

With the number of important and potentially catastrophic environmental issues facing the world today, loosing focus on more localized and regional concerns may happen all to easily. Seemingly smaller issues, such as reducing the amount of local pollution that may be impacting the rain water within a region or location can produce immense ecological benefit. Cleaner rainwater can provide a potable source of drinking water for a population and ensure that the surrounding environment is not being overly impacted by the efforts of local industry.

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18

February

3 Practical Tips For Preventing Water Pollution

When you are thinking about how you can be more environmentally conscious, you are likely thinking about gas and electricity, but have you thought about water? Water pollution is a serious issue, and you’ll find that there are things that you can do to keep our water as clean as it can be.

1. Do not overuse chemical fertilizers and pesticides. The rain washes these corrosive materials straight into the waterways, where they can affect the life Read the rest of this entry »

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16

February

Protecting Waterways For The Local Community

If you are someone who is doing everything that they can do to protect the environment, it is important for you to think about the waterways. It is very easy to introduce harmful chemicals into the local waterways all without noticing it, and if you want to make sure that you do your part to keep the local rivers, lakes and streams clear, there are a few things to keep in mind.

First, reduce your use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. These chemicals do kill harmful diseases and help your plants grow, but the problem that the local waterways run Read the rest of this entry »

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