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10 simple ways to respect our planet Earth!

My last post resulted in lots of discussions – online and offline. I mentioned the mind-blowing possibility of relocating us humans to a new planet – once we messed up the old Earth.  And that we need to take care of our old Earth for now!Keep calm environment bllue white

One thought came up over and over again! It seems that respecting our resources is out of fashion and almost forgotten.


That’s why I think it’s time for some easy to follow reminders on how to do the famous 3!

Reduce- Reuse – Recycle


Enjoy the following list (credit to my friend Tamara Withers from WWF – UAE and their campaign called ‘Heroes of the UAE’ )



Each time you take a 5-minute shower instead of a bath you save around 38 liters of water.


Whenever you are brushing your teeth, shaving or washing dishes, remember to switch the tap off when you are not actually using the water.


Dripping taps waste hundreds of hundreds of liters of water, so please turn yours off tightly. If the drip persists, get it fixed.


Don’t use the washing machine or dishwasher until you have enough to load to its capacity.


If you’re only making one or two, hot drinks, only boil the amount of water in the kettle.


It’s best to choose native plants as they are well adapted and do better in their climate.


Get into the simple habit of switching lights off whenever you leave a room. Remember to do it at work too.


Most heaters only take 20 minutes to heat enough water for a shower, so get into the simple habit of switching it off when you do not need it.


If you leave your TV or computer on standby overnight, it uses almost as much electricity as it does when it’s switch on. Remember to turn it off and unplug.


Getting children involved is absolutely vital. Please help to promote water conservation among the young ones – talk to them and get them involved. Talk to their school as well and suggest initiatives.


And now over to you! I know this is only a selection of reminders and there are many more. Please share your favorite tip with us!!!

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Hi I'm Ilka, a self-development writer and lovable scientist with a knowledgeable expertise in brain science. I help people realize the power our behavior has on our brain - and the other way around.

navigator1965 - May 15, 2014

You didn’t mention “develop Lattice-Assisted Nuclear Reaction power source,” Ilka. Just kidding. A valuable reminder to all of the simply, everyday contributions that we can all make.

Well done.
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    simplyilka - May 17, 2014

    Thanks a lot! And yep! The nuclear stuff didn’t really qualify for simple 😉

    Take care 🙂

Carl D'Agostino - May 16, 2014

People still fail to realize that little things by a person x number of people = great positive change.

    simplyilka - May 17, 2014

    I so agree! Sometimes it looks like we are just not able to achieve anything, but that it not true. Everyone is absolutely important 🙂

Ella - May 17, 2014

Thanks for the reminder! I actually know what to do. But somehow I don’t do it. It is just like me and diets. I really try to do some of the things you mentioned. I do use my bike a lot though.

    simplyilka - May 17, 2014

    Thanks Ella! Don’t get me started on diets 😉

    I think it all has a lot to do with habits, and with changing old habits into new habits.

    Thumbs up for using the bike 🙂

Harleena Singh - May 18, 2014

HI Ilka,

These are such amazing tips, simple and effective I would say 🙂

I would say small things matter, and if you can inculcate the good habit of conserving our natural resources and save our planet in our kids, it is half the work done.

Switching off all the unnecessary lights, turning off the taps while brushing your teeth, sorting out a dripping tap, using a bucket instead of the shower for your bath – the list is endless indeed.

Thanks for sharing this with us and creating awareness. Yes, we follow nearly all of them. Have a nice weekend 🙂
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    simplyilka - May 19, 2014

    Thanks Harleena!

    Is is good to know that you are following most of the list my friend 🙂

    Like you said, small things do matter. And with involving our kids half the work is done.

    Have a fantastic week 🙂

Linda - May 19, 2014

When we did a spring concert based on the theme of caring for the earth, another word I came across was “reimagine”.

    simplyilka - May 19, 2014

    I love the concept of how to ‘reimagine’. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing this. You know I adore your creativity while teaching 🙂

Sherri - May 20, 2014

You know Ilka, it’s very strange, because I remember as a kid being told by my mum to not let the water run out of the tap when brushing my teeth, to turn the lights off when not using them, to keep doors closed (to keep the heat in!) and we always recycled our silver milk bottle caps by saving them up and sending bags full off to a charity for the blind. And that was in the 60’s and 70’s! My kids came home from school with all kinds of recycling ways from school so I wonder what has happened? People have become cynical I think. So this post is a great reminder of these little things we can all do to help. Thank you my friend…now if only I can remember not to leave the TV on standby… 😉
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    simplyilka - May 22, 2014

    Thanks Sherrie! It really looks like people in earlier times were more conscious about conserving. It might have been a money issue as well but people did switch off tabs, lights, etc.
    The technologies of recycling, alternative energy use, cars, etc. are probably better now. But people are cynical as you said. Some try very hard to not see the truth and they don’t want to look ahead. Maybe life is too comfortable or some people really don’t care about the future?!

    But the truth is that little easy small changes don’t hurt when doing them. And combining that conservation part with the use of new technologies can make a big difference.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts my friend and switching off 🙂

Jens-Petter Berget - May 21, 2014

Hi Ilka,

Great tips. I’m doing my best and I try to think about this every day. I have involved my kids, and we recycle “everything” and we talk a lot about how we can improve and help.

I’ve started a vegetarian festival, to get people to eat more vegetables as well 🙂
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    simplyilka - May 22, 2014

    Hi Jens!

    Fantastic what you are doing! And thumbs up for involving the kids! That is so crucial 🙂

    It is good to eat more veggies on many levels, especially locally grown ones 🙂

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