Traditionally, ecology stands for the study of relations between all the living organisms on Earth, including humans. Ecology also provides information about the benefits of our ecosystems and how we can use our planet resources in ways that help to leave the environment healthy for our descendents. But...
Do we really need it all? Ecology provide us with information to better understand the world around us. Yes, it's true, but does it also applies to each of us personally? Maybe it is the matter of governments, major countries in the world, and most of all scientists. For sure it is. But try rather to think that ecology also has a local dimension. This information can help you to improve your surroundings, manage the natural resources, live healthier and protect our family. Just look at the (only few!) following examples.
Doing the laundry in a good manner. In the 1960s, some research identified two important causes of poor water quality in lakes and rivers. It was phosphorous and nitrogen – the main components of laundry detergents. Provided with this information, people were able to take the proper steps to help restore their water resources. And now we know that we should control what we do with our laundry waste. It refers to not doing your laundry everyday, but only when our washing mashine is full – to stop producing the “poisoned” water. It is also a very good idea to take your garments to dry cleaner, because dry cleaning solvents are used many times, also saving the environment.
Agriculture. Biological control is a technique that uses the enemies or predators of pests to control damage to crops. It is partially based on our knowledge of the ecology of pests, which is used to understand when and where they are the most “attractive” to their natural enemies. Such a control alleviates crop damage by insects, saves money, and – most important - decreases problems associated with pesticides.
Segregation of rubbish. Garbage sorting is now required in many cities, but not many people well apply to these regulations. Some of us do not like to segregate domestic waste for several reasons - it takes time, it force us to wash plastic packaging for meals, and besides, there are rumors that all the sorted garbage goes anyway at the same garbage dump. It isn't probably truth, but we are still reluctant. Meanwhile, it is probably the most environmentally friendly thing we can do ourselves, every day, and a pretty low cost. In addition - you can even earn on it! Just collect empty cans and other metals. You can also sell all your useless paper and glass to the special selling points. You will not earn a lot, but it is a great incentive for waste segregation.