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Pollution and global warming are the major issues of the current generation. By all accounts, if our generation doesn't fix these problems, there probably won't be many more generations after us. Most people know enough to be worried about it, but not enough to know what they can do to help. Instead of trying to figure it out, they focus on selling Mississauga homes or building up their RRSP contributions, figuring other, smarter, more dedicated people will save the world for them. Whether this inaction stems from apathy or not knowing where to start, it's this attitude that's hindering our efforts to protect the environment.

So what can you do to help? The first thing you can do is to discard the expectation that it's okay for you to sit out the fight. If everyone thought that way, there would be no one fighting at all. The second thing you can do is to realize that you don't have to be a scientist or a genius or a nutcase who ties themselves to trees in order to do your part. In fact, you can help the environment without even leaving your condominium. Downtown Toronto is as good a place to start as any. It's your neighborhood, and everyone should be interested in preserving their neighborhood.

This series of articles will focus on ways you can help the environment by making changes to your home and lifestyle. From installing high-efficiency Aurora water pumps in place of that noisy and rusty old boiler, to actually using those little blue bins the city has provided you with for recycling, there are a million different things you can do at home and in your neighborhood that will benefit the environment. And we'll even let you in on a little secret: many of them require a lot less sacrifice and extra effort than you may be expecting.

You owe it to yourself and to the environment to read through each of the articles and find out what is within your ability to do. Obviously if you live in King West lofts it's probably impossible to install your own wind turbine to provide some renewable energy to your household, but there are other, smaller things you can do that won't have as much of an impact on your lifestyle or pocket book. After all, how much more difficult is it to use a re-usable shopping bag to bring home your groceries than the plastic bags they have at the store?

It doesn't matter if no one on your block or in your family is doing their part. That's no excuse. In fact, haven't you always wanted to be a trendsetter? Well, now is your chance! You could be the first family in your Milton, Ontario homes subdivision to install a solar powered water heater or compost your kitchen scraps. These days, environmentalism is cool. The celebrities are getting into it, and so are the kids. It could be a fun family activity as well as a way of keeping ahead of the Joneses.





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Wednesday, December 13, 2017