10 things we can do in 2017 to save the planet

10 things we can do in 2017 to save the planet

The active fight against Climate Change and its consequences must continue to be a priority in the daily lives of all the inhabitants of the planet also in 2017, if we do not want to end it and be left without the only home that until now we know is capable of housing us.


This might seem obvious, but recycling everything we can is one of the best things each of us can do to help the Environment. In Spain, recycling rates in homes have been increasing every year, but it is always possible to make an extra effort and above all we must be an example of family and friends, so that they too join this excellent practice.


The less amount of things we dispose of, the greater our contribution to the environment. Instead of buying bottles of water every day or bags at the supermarket, reuse what you already have. Compost organic elements, choose glass containers that are 100% recycled, give plastic cans, clothes and old furniture a new use; it just takes imagination and good will.

Eat less meat

The meat industry has a huge carbon footprint, since huge amounts of water are needed, it is a source of pollution for it, generates a substantial amount of waste and its intake can cause health problems. This does not mean that you should abandon their consumption completely, but if we propose, for example, to do without meat, the environment and our body for a week a month, they will thank us.

Change your transportation habits

Reducing emissions is a great help for the environment. Try to share your trips with other people who make similar trips, change means of transport or ride a bicycle. If there really is no way around it, consider swapping your car for a hybrid or 100% electric vehicle.

Take care of the water at home

For this there is a huge range of options that you can put into practice; It will only take you a while to adapt to them and for them to become a daily habit. Make sure that the taps are always closed and that the pipes are not leaking, take a shower instead of a bath and do not let the water run while brushing your teeth, lathering your hands or doing the dishes.

Be politically aware

A country's participation in the global fight to reduce carbon emissions depends on its politicians. Sadly, some prioritize this cause more than others or promise what they don't deliver when elected. Make sure you find out how politicians spend their tax money and demand that the environment be respected in all areas that concern you.

Reduce food waste

We already know that supermarkets and restaurants throw away lots of food and although it is possible to pressure socially for this to change, as has already happened in France, at home it is possible to make improvements when it comes to cooking, so that it is not over food. possible to recycle it and not end up in the trash.

Eat and shop locally

Eating and buying food that has been produced ecologically and close to our homes is another small step to help change things, since we will be supporting local farmers who do not pollute the environment by shipping goods long distances, we will be able to use less packaging and We will have the peace of mind of consuming products without pesticides, agrochemicals or transgenic origin.

Be part of the change

There are many ways that everyone can be actively involved in achieving a reversal of climate change. A quick online search of what's going on in your local area will show you events and situations where, if you feel like it, you could get involved, whether it's cleaning a certain space, volunteering for an environmental charity, or helping raise awareness. to your fellow citizens.

Change the chip

It is only possible to reverse this problem that affects each and every one of us who lives on Earth and that is called Climate change, if there really is a change in mentality on a personal level.

If we continue to think that throwing garbage gives work to those who collect it or that fashion is what should impose what we think, wear, buy or eat, we do a disservice to the environment, to our health, to our pocket and to the future that we will leave to the new generations.


Video: PBS NewsHour full episode, Feb. 1, 2021 (August 2021).