Sustainable Living: Protect and Preserve Ecosystems in Our Environment
Much like businessmen running around Wall Street, Ecosystems are communities of interacting organisms within their environment.
Ecosystems are not simply beautiful bodies of water swimming with life, or dense forests that hold a sense of wisdom and mystery. We tend to romanticize nature to be something to appreciate, but not necessarily something we need. People are connected to nature and sustainable living in more ways than we may realize. The freshwater we drink is dependent on rainfall, the food we eat is dependent on bees pollinating crops, and the air we breathe is a byproduct of photosynthesis. When we mindlessly get trapped into the daily routine of driving to work, grabbing takeout, and racing home each night, we don’t take the time to look around and appreciate the natural resources that keep us going each day.
What we often forget is that when our ecosystems thrive, we thrive.
Although ecosystems are important forces in our lives, they are quite sensitive to change. Ecosystems can adapt, but usually organisms cannot evolve quickly enough to match their rapidly changing surroundings, causing the extinction of many important species.
For example, climate change has caused some fruit plant species to bloom earlier than usual. With early blooming, some fruit plants wilt and die sooner than usual. With various species of insects and bird migrating and feeding on their traditional seasonal timing, they miss the opportunity to pollinate or spread the seeds of these plants. This can cause a domino effect and alter the lives of many species within the food chain of that sustainable living ecosystem.
Luckily, there are a lot of people who care to make a difference in the world and it’s not too late to reverse some serious side effects of global warming. Here are five sustainable living habits to adopt to help protect ecosystems:
Reducing the demand of freshwater helps allocate water to arid, drought-stricken environments. You can save water by installing a shower head that’s low-flow, or turning off the faucet when you brush your teeth or shave your legs. The better we manage resources, the less disturbance nature will face and overall sustainable living will improve exponentially.
Having a small compost bin in your kitchen or patio is a great way to toss food scraps to create beautiful, nutrient rich soil. Composting due to all of the added nutrients, so it’s a great way to allocate waste into good use that would otherwise be sent to a landfill.
Everything we own and see in department stores were once natural resources, extracted from the earth and molded into shiny new products. Having things is nice, but living simply has stress-relieving benefits. Next time you need to purchase something, ask yourself if you could do without it, or perhaps you could buy it secondhand at a thrift store. Sustainable living will not only heal aching ecosystems, it will also grant you peace of mind and extra pocket money.
Choose to eat organic fruits and vegetables from local farmers. Participating in your local farmer’s market is a great way to support these types of farms, as well as reduce the demand for GMOs and pesticide usage. Pesticides, when used heavily and repeatedly can create a loss of biodiversity in surrounding ecosystems. Making it a weekly ritual to cruise to your local farmer’s market may improve your own well-being. These kinds of markets bring a great community of people together, oozing with good vibes while supporting sustainable living habits.
You can’t expect people to respect nature inherently. You need them to step outside. Try taking a nearby nature hike or take a long walk around your neighborhood. Invite a friend or a family member to join you. Walking through nature helps clear your mind, grounds yourself, and gives you a new attitude. There’s something sacred about walking through an untouched part of the world. Breathe in the air, relax, and enjoy the natural life around you. By connecting yourself to nature, you can better see how important it is to adopt sustainable habits into your routine.
Implementing these few tips are just a handful of helpful ways to decrease the demand on natural resources and help create a more sustainable environment. Heal Estate is a hub of sustainable living practices, and we encourage you to try one of these eco-friendly habits to see how truly easy it is to make a positive environmental impact.