No one doubts that the Earth and its ecosystems are our home.
According to the United Nations (UN), in order to achieve a fair balance between the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations, it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the planet.
To give its just dimension to the commitment that humanity has with the house that for hundreds of thousands of years has housed us, after the impulse of American politicians who began to put the issue on the table, in 1970 April 22 was declared as the "International Day of Mother Earth".
In 1972, "The Stockholm Earth Summit" was held, the first international conference on the environment whose objective was to sensitize world leaders to the magnitude of global environmental problems.
On the occasion of the commemoration of this day in 2019, Veolia - a leading global company in the efficient management of water, waste and energy - gives us four recommendations for actions that we can all undertake, especially in large cities, and that many times we overlook, as they go beyond not using straws or avoiding the use of sprays, among other overly trivialized suggestions:
Unplug chargers when not in use. A large part of the electricity that reaches our homes is produced in thermal power plants by burning fossil fuels such as coal or oil, which generates polluting emissions (carbon dioxide, CO2) that reach the atmosphere and favor the weakening of the layer. ozone, which protects us from external agents such as UV rays from the sun that affect the skin.
One of the electricity consumptions that we make the most on a daily basis is the recharging of cell phones, tablets, laptops, etc., and it is very common that after filling the battery to 100% we leave the charger connected to the plug, which, although it may not seem like it , continues to consume energy.
According to the European Commission (executive and legislative power of the European Union), if 10% of users of mobile phone in that continent disconnect the charger while not using it, it would save the resource equivalent to the consumption of 60,000 homes in a year.
Transport yourself in new alternatives to the car. Leave the car for the bike It is a recommendation that has been reiterated in recent years to reduce the personal generation of pollutants. For those who do not have one at home, in the large cities of the country, starting with Mexico City, it is possible to rent through mobile applications (apps) the service of bicycles, scooters or motorcycles with low fuel consumption to make trips short or medium.
In addition to guaranteeing you a moment of fun and getting some exercise, with this you will contribute to taking care of Mother Earth.
Bathing optimizing the use of water. It is well known that as the years go by we are running out of water that can be used in human activities, although 71% of the earth's surface is covered by it. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in a shower In 10 minutes we consume 200 liters of water, too much for the recommended daily cleaning.
A good suggestion to guarantee your supply is to bathe in the shortest time possible and close the taps while we lather; In addition, if we place one or two buckets next to us that capture the water that falls from the shower, we can take advantage of that resource to mop or circulate the toilet waste.
Put the used batteries in the correct place. In a large number of businesses such as supermarkets, it is possible to find special containers to dispose of batteries and car batteries whose life has come to an end; really use them and not overlook them.
Its importance lies in the fact that, in the event that a battery is not disposed of correctly and reaches the sea, its heavy metals (chemical elements that due to their high molecular weight cannot be destroyed by biodegradable processes in nature unless they pass between 500 and 1,000 years) would contaminate up to 3,000 liters of water. Furthermore, the mercury they contain is one of the most toxic chemical elements for the planet and human health; These constitute a health hazard when disposed of in sanitary landfills.
With these easy actions, it is possible to put a grain of sand to guarantee a long life to Mother Earth and restore the health of our ecosystems.
We all have in our hands the commitment to make this planet a better home for the next generations, let's get to work.
The Veolia group is the world benchmark in the optimized management of resources. Present on five continents with more than 171.000 employees, the Group creates and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that promote the sustainable development of cities and industries. With its three complementary activities, Veolia contributes to the development of access to resources, and to the preservation and renewal of available resources.
In 2018, the Veolia group supplied drinking water to 96 million people and provided sanitation services to 62 million, produced nearly 56 million MWh and recovered 49 million tons of waste. Veolia Environnement (Paris Euronext: VIE) achieved in 2018 a consolidated turnover of 25,91 billion euros.