Caring for the environment must be based on sustainable development. That is, knowing how to prevent environmental deterioration so as not to compromise the home of future generations.
This is explained by Fernando Rea, director of Engineering at the Tec campus Cd. Obregón, who has a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering.
“The way we can help is always to think about the social, economic, and environmental areas. Every time we carry out the development of a project or activity “, comments the academic.
How to prevent environmental deterioration in your day-to-day life
If you want to be part of helping create a more sustainable community. We share 6 actions that you can do in your day.
Say Goodbye To Plastic Bags
Something very common in daily life is plastic bags. Which we normally used to store purchases in supermarkets and convenience stores.
One of the main components of plastic is oil, which causes pollution of parks, rivers, and seas.
This can be prevented by using cloth bags, carrying a backpack, or not asking for a bag when we carry very few products.
Change Single-Use Disposables
” Plastic pollution is growing steadily,” says the 2022 report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development ( OECD ); It points out that the world produces twice as much plastic waste as it did two decades ago, and only barely 9% is successfully recycled.
To help generate less plastic waste, it is recommended that you use utensils that you have at home and thus prevent the constant use of single-use disposables. For example, you can choose to have your own thermos that you take everywhere.
Another tip is that at meetings or dates encourage your acquaintances to bring their own reusable cutlery, glasses, and plates so as not to generate more garbage.
You can also choose to choose products made from biodegradable materials. Such as this bottle that is 25 times more biodegradable than normal PET. Created by a professor at Tec de Monterrey.
Put The Garbage In Its Place
Garbage is one of the main environmental deterioration in Mexico since around 42 million tons of solid waste are generated each year, according to the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT).
Although it seems very obvious, do not throw garbage in the streets and public places. If you don’t find a trash can nearby, put it away until you get home.
If in your school or workplace there are different containers to separate by type of garbage. It helps to place the waste in the corresponding one.
Take Care Of Water For What It Is: A Liquid Treasure
Although water scarcity is a natural phenomenon, UNESCO points out. It is also caused by human beings; regions of Mexico suffer from drought problems.
By doing your personal cleaning you can help with responsible consumption of this vital liquid:
- That your daily bath last no more than 5 – 7 minutes maximum (you can use one of your favorite reference songs); Also, turn off the faucet while you soap up.
- Use low-consumption showerheads (9-15 liters/min.) compared to a conventional showerhead (26-30 liters/min.).
- Gather water in a tub while the hot water comes out, you can reuse it for your plants or the toilet.
- Brush your teeth using only a glass of water
Extend The Life Of Your Cell Phone As Much As Possible
To manufacture a cell phone, a lot of energy is necessary, for all its components. “It is equivalent to burning liters and liters of gasoline, for all the carbon dioxide that its manufacture emits,” warns teacher Rea.
A good piece of advice is not to change your cell phone every year or because of fashion; take care of it so that it lasts as long as possible.
“Buying another cell phone has to be the last option,” reiterates the expert
Recycle And Reuse As Many Materials As Possible
Although it is something that we hear constantly. We must bear in mind that we must always reuse as many things as possible: paper, cardboard, bags, glass containers, etc.
Martín Alegría and Alan Cejudo, Tec students, developed an app together with the Center for Research on Anaerobic Biodigestion, Urban Waste, Water, Green Energy, and Compost (Cibruc).
The SER (Separation of waste ) app contains detailed information to help you recognize organic and inorganic waste; what treatment should be given to electronics, batteries, and oils; as well as different ways to take advantage of certain types of waste. It can be found for iOS and Android systems.
Without a doubt, there are several ways in which we can help prevent contamination, points out teacher Fernando Rea. “We do not compromise the inheritance that we will leave to our future generations”, he concludes.
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