This time cancer, allergies or asthma are becoming more and more present. It is our own fault that the number of patients are increasing because humans are destroying the environment, and above all, themselves and their fellow human being.
Even here in Costa Rica – a country which attaches great importance to the protection of its environment – the nature is polluted. Unfortunately, I’m recognizing this problem at my daily beach walk. Plastic waste from the sea is washed up to the beach or people simply leave their garbage instead if disposing it, because the provided garbage cans are overfilled and not regularly emptied.
Another worldwide burden is the toxic fine dust which is excreted in factories and enters into the body, especially the lungs and the brain, of the workers. Safety standards such as suitable filters for factories are often disregarded. Another problem is an uncontrolled use of cars and the resulting carbon monoxide emissions. People nowadays made it a habit to climb into their cars even for short distances, so they do damage not only the environment due to CO-2 exhaust gases but also their self because regular movement and activity is no longer considered necessary. These were only to examples but there could be described many more
Every citizen can contribute to the improvement of the environment
Following fact should always be considered: Everybody of us is able to improve the current situation by small and banal changes of the everyday life. The following situations will give a brief insight into the various possibilities of environmental protection:
The whole thing starts with switching off electrical appliances and lights after leaving the house, for saving electricity. Energy saving lamps are nowadays available in every ordinary electric store. Before entering the car, you should ask yourself whether it really makes sense to drive with the car or whether the route is possible on foot or by bicycle. If this is not the case, other alternatives such as the use of public transport or the creation of driving groups could be considered. Especially ‘car sharing’ has become a major trend!
In the supermarket, you should think about the origin of the food you would like to buy because most of the food – especially plants and meat – is poisoned by insecticides and herbicides. The exterminating agents are entering the groundwater, which is absorbed by the roots of the plants. Vegetable eaters are poisoned by the consumption of the contaminated plants and meat eaters by the consumption of the plant eaters – At the end of this food chain, however, it is always the human who has to bear the damage. For this reason there should be taken care about buying organic food. Another important role plays the consumption of regional food which, one the one hand, supports the local farmers and, on the other hand, reduces the amount of CO-2 exhaust gases by a constant import of goods. And in ideal case you should not by a plastic case while paying the things, rather buy a reusable bag or basket. In general, plastic should be avoided and any form of garbage has to be properly segregated.
Back home you usually start with the household and also here are certain tricks to be more environmentally friendly: when cooking, use cooking covers for energy saving, while washing you should be ensured that the washing machine is full and for watering of flowers or washing cars, you should use collected rain water because the treatment of the groundwater, which is inedible at first, is very expensive and energy-intensive.
In general, meat – especially beef – shouldn’t be eaten that often since the production of 1kg of meat requires 15kg of feed which in turn requires an area of 40m2. This area could also be used for the harvest of 129kg carrots and 80kg potatoes.
Decrease your ecological footprint
The ecological footprint converts the consumption of all renewable raw materials into the area required for production. In 2017 the footprint was 2,7gha per person. The bio capacity of the earth however was only 1,8gha per person, which means that the renewable resources are consumed faster than they can be regenerated. With the mentioned tips you can reduce your ecological footprint.
Also the residents of Playa Buena Vista, Guanacaste Costa Rica try to avoid plastic waste, separate garbage and recycle. In addition, organic food from the organic store and fresh fruits and vegetables are bought by local farmers at the market.
If you could imagine emigrating, then have a look at our Costa Rica emigration tips page.