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10 Steps You Can Take to Help Save the Environment

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The Earth's present deteriorating state poses harm to all forms of life and this is an undeniable truth. Hurricanes, typhoon surges, earthquakes, sea level rise, increase in temperature, climate change—these are real! These are happening. With the threats that global warming brings, there is an urgent need to act on it. And when it comes to saving our only home, the green orb, there is no such thing as too little or too much effort.  Everyone is vital in the aim of letting Mother Earth recuperate. As much as there is no too little nor too much effort, there is also no too late. You can start saving our home with your small little steps today. Here are the little things (with huge impact) you can do to help save Mother Earth:

  1. Bring your own tumbler.

The next time you go out, instead of buying bottled mineral water, use your own tumbler to store your water. This way, you are avoiding disposal of the single use plastic bottle thereby not contributing to the 100 million water bottles that are being disposed of every day; especially since only 1 out of 5 mineral bottles are being recycled and an estimate of 1,500 bottles end up in our landfill or waters, according to TheWorldCounts.com. Stay hydrated responsibly, Candy Girls!

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  1. No to straw/stirrers.

We use over 500 million plastic straws a day, according to Onegreenplanet.org! This is an alarming number because most of these waste end up in our waters and approximately 100,000 sea creatures die from plastic pollution. Straws specifically get stuck in the noses of sea turtles or get trapped in their stomachs which prevent them from swallowing food and cause their untimely death. Instead of using plastic straws, you can opt for a metal or bamboo one which is more sustainable. Take guilt-free sips, everyone!

  1. Hand-carry things.

When buying goods, refuse to place it in a plastic bag especially if you are buying just one or two items. For as long as you can carry it with your hands without the use of a plastic bag, or you can store it in your bag, do it. Refuse the plastic bag. Lessen your plastic consumption.

  1. Pick up stray litter.

The next time you find garbage such as crumpled paper, plastic sachet or bottled water lying dirtily on the ground, pick it up. Take responsibility and don't wait for others to do it. Once you pick up the trash, dispose it to the proper receptacle and feel better instantly.

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  1. Walk.

Help reduce carbon emission by walking. When the destination you're headed to is a walking distance, don't use your vehicle and just walk. This goes both ways because while you're saving Mother Earth, you're also improving your health. #Cardio

  1. Every beach day is clean-up day.

Transform your regular beach day into a purposeful happening! While you are basking in the heat of the sun and enjoying the pristine waters, collect the debris and trash you can find on the shore and dispose of them properly. Swim and save!

  1. Participate in coastal clean ups.

Be proactive and join organized coastal clean-ups. Take the time out of your 24 hours to give back to Mother Nature. Besides, you will also get to meet people who are interested in taking care of the environment and possibly make new friends!

  1. Research.

In order to fight for something, you must know first what's happening. Research about the current situation of the environment and be educated. The learning you will obtain from researching will drive you to do more for the Earth. Researching will be your slap of reality. This slap will compel you to move.

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  1. Increase the environmental conversation.

Share the information that you have. Talk to your family about saving the Earth, convince your friends not to use straw anymore for the welfare of the sea creatures, organize more environmentally inclined activities in the student government—help others learn. Get your company to talk about the Earth and its reality to raise awareness and spark the fire to save the Earth among others.

  1. Join environmental groups.

Sustain the drive you have by meeting people who share the same passion and drive in saving the Earth. Environmental organizations are vital because they are established groups that actually have concrete plans on how to reach the extra mile in saving the Earth. They have different cores (it may be the land, water, or air) but the same aim. Try and search up Save Philippine Seas, Greenpeace Philippines, Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines, Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society, Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Haribon Foundation, Waves for Water, Earth Island Institute, Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, World Wide Fund for Nature-Philippines, Philippine Reef and Rainforest Foundation, Inc. and Straw Wars PH. Find the one that hits close to what you love the most about Earth and change your life while saving the Earth!

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 How do you plan to save Mother Earth, Candy Girls?

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If people ask you about your vision of a happier life we automatically envision ourselves having more money, true love, a better job, Instagram-worthy vacations, etc. But let me break this to you this, According to Dr. Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology at Yale University and the voice behind The Happiness Lab podcast, "Most of the goals we think would make us happy do not really make us happy." And why is that? Simple, being happy is all in our minds. The human mind ploys us with these lenses on how we envision ourselves and our lives to be happy. The perception of "having" or "gaining" is the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better. So how can we really be "happy"?

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• Fill that hole righteously We all have that tiny hole inside our hearts, tampering it with temporary band-aids. Fill this hole with purpose. Have you ever heard about The Three "M's"— Master, Mission, and Mate? Define who will be your Master, is it God? If that's so, your Mission could be following his words and will. Mate would be the last for they will be the best companion to fulfill your mission. Now hear me out, it is important to do this accordingly. We often times jumble it or invert it which can lead to failures.

• Give gifts to others. The wonderful grace in giving. There’s nothing like the rush of pure joy when you get a chance to give. However, this may not be something that we're used to. But apparently, openhandedness is our soul's true shape. As Eugene Peterson put it, "Giving is what we do best. It is the air into which we were born." This doesn't necessarily mean we have to give away our stuff but we can also present love, kindness, gratefulness, etc. in our own simplest ways to anyone such as giving time, encouragement, helping hand, or even forgiveness. Try giving and you'll receive inconceivable gifts in return.

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• Choose to Love Deeper Today's society relentlessly pressures all of us to have this "perfect" lifestyle such as pursuing careers that drain you, finding value through virtual world and purchases, letting achievements become your whole identity, and yet after all that you still feel empty and failure inside. Consumption is just skin deep—a shallow perception of happiness. Deep life brings the best out of us and others. It is about nourishing what you already have, focusing on the relationships than material wealth, becoming vulnerable at times, and being self-aware.

• Understand that Sufferings and Pain are part of Human Being. Always remember that loneliness and sufferings are inevitable. That is completely how life goes. You may be happy for a moment or a month but sooner or later great tribulation will start to kick in. Combat despair with graciousness. Count all the blessings that you have (and will have in near future, claim it!) by writing it down on a piece of paper or typing on your phone. Viola! an instant boost for happiness. We all know the fact that this superficial happiness won't work, but why do I keep on wanting? I already have all this wisdom about how to be happy for ages, but why can't I apply it to my own life?

First, you have to understand that simply knowing doesn't change your behavior. Care to realize that all the tips that I have mentioned are all verbs? Because at the end of the day, it is all about how you choose to be happy and initiate actions towards success. Know, reflect, visualize, believe, and do something about it. All of these are Actions! This is the secret of all the happiest and most influential people in the world—actions. Furthermore, do know that some of these tips do not work instantly most of the time. It requires a lot of time, motivation, consistency, and effort. I do know it's easier said than done. Take each of them slowly, one step at a time.

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With this epiphany, I take pain in a positive light. It’s normal that it can break me and make me want to stay in bed all day, but having someone or something remind me that there is hope is enough. It’s normal that I cry my heart out, but it’s important to remember that there’s a calm after the storm. If it wasn’t for pain, I wouldn’t be who I am now. It has shaped me and how I look at things. It has changed the way I approach circumstances that can challenge me and my beliefs.

Pain, back then, made me cower in the dark. Pain used to be my biggest fear, and I used to do my best to avoid pain. However, I realized that avoiding pain is like avoiding life. Because of how I wanted to protect myself, I closed myself off to people and opportunities. I used to tell myself that “this will end badly”, or “this is going to hurt in the end”. I always focused on how much pain I might endure in the end that I forgot to enjoy the process.

It’s inevitable, you see? Endings, most of the time, may hurt. It’s natural for us to grow attached to someone or something, and their disappearance might bring us a lot of pain. However, one should always remember that the pain is a reminder of how close you became, how many memories you had. If it wasn’t for pain, life would be pointless. If it wasn’t for pain, we would be nothing.

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