Earth Day – What Can You Do?
The team at Adecco Singapore headed out to MacRitchie Reservoir Park to plant 25 trees for Earth Day. 25 trees that will contribute to the greening of Singapore. Employees from the company’s 18 office and divisions were on hand to dig, plant and sprinkle as the trees were planted.
But more important, is what you can be doing to support the environment in Singapore and to ensure that Earth Day is remembered not just on one day – but all year round. Here are some top tips:
1. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Do your part to reduce waste by choosing reusable products instead of disposables.
2. Use Less Air Conditioning – Turn it off when not required or turn it down!
3. Change a Light Bulb
Wherever practical, replace regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs.
4. Drive Less and Drive Smart
If you’re lucky enough to drive in Singapore – drive less. Less driving means fewer emissions. Besides saving petrol, walking and biking are great forms of exercise.
5. Buy Energy-Efficient Products
Home appliances now come in a range of energy-efficient models, and compact florescent bulbs are designed to provide more natural-looking light while using far less energy than standard light bulbs. Avoid products that come with excess packaging, especially molded plastic and other packaging that can’t be recycled.
6. Use Less Hot Water
Wash your clothes in warm or cold water to reduce your use of hot water and the energy required to produce it. That change alone can save at least 500 pounds of carbon dioxide annually in most households.
7. Use the “Off” Switch
Save electricity and reduce global warming by turning off lights when you leave a room, and using only as much light as you need. And remember to turn off your television and computer when you’re not using them.
8. Plant a Tree – Just Like Adecco Did!
If you have the means to plant a tree, start digging. During photosynthesis, trees and other plants absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. They are an integral part of the natural atmospheric exchange cycle here on Earth, but there are too few of them to fully counter the increases in carbon dioxide caused by automobile traffic, manufacturing and other human activities. A single tree will absorb approximately one ton of carbon dioxide during its lifetime. Contact the National Parks Board, Singapore, for more information.
9. Encourage Others to Conserve
Share information about recycling and energy conservation with your friends, neighbours and co-workers. ensure that they are being environmentally sound.
10. Keep Learning – about what you can do to save our planet!
The below images show the Adecco team tree planting on April 22, 2010: