Another way that I try to minimize my negative impact is by considering the living things on the planet. I try not to needlessly harm. If a bug is going to sting me, aka a mosquito, I'll kill it cause it's either him or me (and one of my needs is not getting bitten by bugs.) Everyone does have to eat, so I will kill plants for food. But I strive for efficiency and eschew any kind of wasting. I won't cook or order more food than I need, and I feel guilty if anything goes bad or to waste. I believe in personal freedom, and I believe that the choices I make are disciplined, individual, everyday choices that lower my negative impact on the environment of the world.
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The environment is the physical surroundings of a place. It's also the combination of conditions that affect growth and development of an organism. Aren't we living organisms? We are all required to take care of our surroundings for the basic reason that we live in the environment and are directly affected by its current state. It's where we get the food we eat, water and other drinks we take, where we sleep and even the air we breathe.
It's paramount that we take care of our environments at every level, starting within our neighborhoods and up to global levels. Past environmental corruption disasters serve as lessons and cautions to us, especially to youth and the children. The vast nuclear disaster at Chernobyl has led to catastrophic effects in the lives of many children. Animals were also affected. Imagine growing up with unsightly deformities, or giving birth to underdeveloped children due to environmental corruption. It's simply saddening. So many ugly incidents have followed in the wake of this specific disaster over a wide area and time.
Another notable effect of environmental degradation faced worldwide is global warming and all the issues caused by it. The ever-increasing temperatures that start forest fires, the sunscalds that cause death, and the sudden dangerous floods...