Happy New Year!!

New year…new resolutions!

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Last year just finished, but the time don’t wait and other year is coming. I thing the best way to start this year is with our resolution. Every year people have new resolution, thing or project to achieve. However, I will invite you to include in your resolution some ecological ways of living this year.

It is necessary that we identify daily practices that can make a real difference to care for the environment. After know and understand its importance, it is important to make them habits. We know that habits are powerful, both when they are positive as when they are negative: a habit is almost like breathing or eating for the brain. What better to adopt positive habits for the health of the planet, to be leading by example and make you feel good every day.

1. Unplug energy vampires: Electronic devices that have the “stand by” mode, are quietly sucking electrical energy every second. Appliances that have enabled this feature increases about 20% of electricity consumption in an average household. A first, and large, contribution to reducing our carbon footprint and save good money is to ensure chargers, stereos, decoders and other appliances are unplugged when they are not in use.

2. Buy locally produced food: It is estimated that the consumption of imported foods in European and North American countries, which usually are not producers, generates eleven times more carbon dioxide than regional products. Consuming domestic products reduce the carbon footprint and incidentally contributes to the growth of the local economy.

3. Deciding on ecological bags: When shopping at convenience stores, carrying a reusable cloth bag or other material, makes the waste from households is lower and reduces impact plastic in the oceans. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) throws every year between 10 and 20 million tons of plastic waste into the oceans, these constitute a major threat to marine life that paradoxically sustains the lives of millions of people . Also, it is estimated that the annual economic cost of this waste reaches 13,000 million.

4. Replacing lights: If saving a traditional saver bulb is about 30 percent with LED bulbs annual energy savings can reach 50 percent. Also, keep in mind that once the energy saving light bulbs fulfill their life cycle should not be thrown into the traditional trash but must be treated differently.

5. Change means of transport: Choosing the bicycle is a choice, healthy and economical. However, if the use of the automobile is imminent, one alternative for those cars is to have these vehicles in the best condition because a car with proper maintenance manages to decrease its emissions of greenhouse gases considerably.

These are small actions, which do not involve a major environmental commitment, but these can help improve the health of the planet.

Thank you for your cooperation!!

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