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We've researched the most effective ways to
help conserve nature and improve our quality of life. Here's
how you can make positive changes:
- Reduce Home Energy Use - Replace light bulbs with energy efficient
bulbs. Turn lights, TV's, computers and other devices off
when not using them. Turn down the thermostat in winter and
up in summer.
- Eat less meat - Although many people reduce their meat
consumption for health or humanitarian concerns, there are also
environmental reasons for eating less meat. Meat
production requires a tremendous amount of resources such as
water and fossil fuels, while runoff from livestock operations may
pollute rivers, lakes and even drinking water.
- Buy a fuel efficient car
- It took more than 200 million years for
Earth to produce all the oil beneath its surface. But in just 200
years, we have consumed half of it! If current rates of
consumption continue, the world's remaining conventional oil
resources could be depleted within 40 years. Two-thirds of the oil
we consume goes to transportation, and with half of that going to
passenger cars and light trucks.
- Purchase energy efficient
appliances - Your home is plugged into
nature. Depending on the province where you live, your
home electricity comes from burning fossil fuels,
hydro-electric dams or nuclear power plants. Each of these sources has environmental consequences -
from air pollution and global warming to habitat loss and nuclear
waste. So wasting energy not only hurts your
pocketbook but nature as well. Choosing efficient appliances
reduces electricity consumption. That means less pollution and
lower energy bills.
- Reduce use of chemicals
- In addition to the health risks of household chemicals,
pesticides and fertilizers are the most used and abused chemicals
by residential homeowners.
- Pesticides are toxic to many forms of life. Beneficial
insects such as ladybugs and honeybees can be killed by
pesticides which can lead to worse insect problems in the
- Pesticide residues can accumulate in the food chain. These
traces may cause damage to birds, fish and other forms of animal
life. In many cases these side effects are not immediately
apparent, but may show up later, for example, in the abnormal
eggs of birds that have eaten pesticide-laced insects.
- Children are especially at risk from pesticides and
are much more susceptible to these chemicals than adults.
Kids have more skin area relative to body volume than adults and
their skin may be more permeable to pesticides. Young kids also
tend to play for hours in the yard, putting dirty fingers, other
objects and dirt in their mouths.
- Pesticides don't remain on your lawn and garden. Stormwater
runoff carries toxins into nearby streams, rivers and lakes
harming fish and other water wildlife. These water bodies may
also be the source of your drinking water.
- Many pesticides contain ingredients known or suspected of
causing cancer. Studies also suggest strong associations between
pesticides and other serious health consequences.
- Combine trips to reduce use of
car - Reduce your driving time by
combining errands and avoiding traffic congestion. Give yourself
lots of time - hurried driving causes you to brake more often
and accelerate more quickly.
- Keep your car tuned up -
Change your oil regularly. Keep your
tires inflated properly. Maintain your mechanical system
(tune-up, fluid changes, ignition checks, etc...).
- Drive Smart - Accelerate smoothly, brake smoothly, warm-up your
car, reduce air conditioning, remove uneccessary items from car
and drive the speed limit.
- Purchase local produce and goods
- The food we eat travels further
than ever before. One study estimated that a basic North American
meal travels 2,400 km from field to table-roughly the driving
distance from Regina to Toronto! Transporting foods increases the
level of greenhouse gas emissions and pollutes our air. Since
shipping food long distances requires packaging and chemical
treatments to prevent rotting and over-ripening, buying
locally grown helps reduce the waste, energy and
materials needed in this process. Buying locally grown
fruits and veggies also helps conserve precious farmlands and
- Buying locally contributes to the
financial viability of nearby farmers and other producers. In
the long-run this may ensure access to fresh, seasonal food and
greater food awareness among city dwellers.
- Fresh food tastes much better than food
that's been stored and shipped across the country--or around the
- Locally grown produce tends to be
fresher and contain higher levels of vitamins than the imported
variety. Food that has to be transported long distances is often
preserved with waxes, irradiation, gases and synthetic
chemicals, such as fungicides and sprout inhibitors.
- Invest in Conservation
Credits - Conservation
should start in our homes and expand into the larger picture by
active participation in the preservation of our precious natural
resources. Your investment in Conservation Credits will promote
and implement projects that achieve these
- Get involved and stay informed -
There is nothing more important than education. By
educating yourself and staying informed you are more likely to
make decisions that will be beneficial to the
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