Effective protection of the environment is critical to sustainable development. Which in turn is critical to poverty reduction. Human development and growth will be short-lived if we do not conserve the natural environment and its resources. Environmental protection requires activity on many levels. From preventing global warming to safeguarding living beings from the effects of poor air quality or toxic chemicals and supporting basic necessities for man to survive.
There are many ways we can help save our planet. Environment effective housing through improved energy efficiency of buildings and effective economic growth through more efficient use of resources, such as re-use, recycling and recovery of waste are just the beginning.
Practices such as organic farming, sustainable forestry, natural landscaping, wild gardening or precision agriculture, sometimes combined into sustainable agriculture, are increasingly becoming part of nature and ecology conservation.
More and more government bodies are actively monitoring the air for pollutants, inspecting emission sources, providing compliance assistance to industry,
initiating enforcement actions as well as educating the public about air quality issues.
Balanced use of water sources and maintaining safety, quality and availability of drinking water by preventing contamination of drinking water and groundwater to protect public health. Preventing and regulating water pollution from industries, municipal sewage treatment facilities, construction sites, farms, and urban areas. Maintaining, enhancing, and monitoring aquatic based resources such as aquatic ecosystems, sport and commercial fisheries, lakes and wetlands.
Management of waste as a resource. Encourage the reduction, recycling and re-use of wastes as raw material for new products. Management of solid and hazardous waste through storage, treatment and disposal. Moving Towards Zero Waste for an efficient economy and a cleaner environment.
Prevent open burning as backyard trash and leaf burning releases high levels of toxic compounds, often including dioxin, furans and other carcinogens.
As governments around the globe are establishing air and water emission limits, individuals too need to come forward and join the clean earth campaign. As a society we produce, use, and dispose of far more chemicals than ever. It’s time we realized that this is not the legacy we are supposed leave behind for our children to inherit.