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How to Save the Planet in Ten Easy Steps

John is passionate about human and animal rights, social justice, equality, and the environment, and likes to convey that in his writing.


When searching for a category of topics in which to list this article, nine out of the top 15 search results for "How to Save the Planet in Ten Easy Steps" were under 'Personal Finance'. This just shows the false importance that is put on money and the economy rather than the climate, the environment and human and animal rights.

Ice Age Coverage map

Ice Age Coverage map


Tipping Points

In the last Ice Age it took the planet just six months to unleash a giant wall of ice across central Europe and the Northern Hemisphere. This is what happens when we hit a climate 'tipping point', and right now we're rushing towards more of these catastrophic events.

"Tipping points" are loops, where climate change feeds back on itself and causes rapidly accelerating, catastrophic consequences. Right now, methane gas, that is much worse for global warming than CO2, is frozen into Arctic ice. As the ice melts, the methane gas escapes into the atmosphere, increasing global warming, and melting, and releasing more and more gas... everything begins to spin out of control. And that's just one example. These tipping points are why scientists are so concerned and screaming that we have to act now.


Save out planet,

Take a stand.

Don't be a puppet,

Show your hand.

Protect our creatures

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From extinction,

Ban all poaching,

Show conviction.

Fossil fuels

Have had their day,

Renewable energy

Is the new way.

Stop tax fraud,

But help the poor.

Push nnequality

Out the door.

Clean the water,

Save the coral,

Make deforestation

Against the law.

Make the world

A better place,

For all God's creatures,

And our race.

My son and his family

My son and his family

10 Easy Steps to Saving the Planet

  1. Be kind to your fellow man. Treat everyone with respect no matter their race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, or occupation. Be accepting, not judgemental.
  2. Be generous. Give what you don't need to others who are without. Don't horde unessentials merely because you can afford it. You can't take them with you when you die. Wealth needs to be redistributed more evenly and ethically.
  3. Reduce your demand for everything. Use less electricity (turn off everything when it isn't in use), save water (install rain-water tanks, have three minute showers etc.) Try to grow your own fruit and vegetables, or at least buy fresh local produce (preferably organic and GMO free). The more you consume, the more power-coal. gas. oil, water etc is needed in its transport and production.
  4. Recycle. Take our own bags to the supermarket. If your council has a recycling program. take advantage of it. If not, buy as much as possible in biodegradable packaging such as cardboard boxes and paper bags rather than plastic containers.Give preference to recycled paper products. You don't always need to buy new either. Good quality used designer clothes are often available at charity-run thrift stores.Don't dispose of anything before you consider if it has another use.
  5. Switch to renewable energy. If possible install and use renewable energy such as solar power. The sun provides power for free and it's infinite. Also consider wind-power, hydro-electric power where suitable. Coal, oil and gas resources are being depleted at an alarming rate and their production is harmful to the environment.
  6. Drive your car less. This will help to reduce the production of greenhouse gases and also fuel consumption. Carpool or take public transport when possible, and when buying our next automobile consider a hybrid eco-friendly model.
  7. Care for Earth's creatures. They have as much right to be here as you do and they aren't destroying the environment (with the exception of some man-introduced foreign species). Protest and and fight against the slaughter and poaching of wild animals for ivory, trophies, and body parts for Asian medicine and exotic food. Don't buy products that destroy their environment eg. palm oil.
  8. Stop polluting. Take a stand against chemical companies and factories from polluting our seas and waterways with their toxic waste. Dispose of your trash responsibly.. don't litter.
  9. Repair rather than replace. In today's throw-away society, try not to replace items unless the are beyond repair. Unfortunately it is often made too expensive to have items repaired so we are forced to purchase new replacements. Sometimes however it s not too difficult to do our own repairs (electrical items should be the exception). Many tems are no longer designed to last more than a couple of years. Manufacturers do this deliberately to generate repeat sales.
  10. Don't be in climate change denial. Climate change and global warming are real. Treat them as such and encourage your Government to do everything possible to combat it i.e. introducing programs to reduce co2 emissions, and promote renewable energy etc. Do your bit as well.

Leonardo DiCaprio's Wonderful Speech on Climate Change

© 2014 John Hansen


John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on October 18, 2015:

Thank you Peg, I appreciate your words. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on wealth distribution. It is a very contentious issue in my own country at the moment and is really too big to tackle here in comments, and will take a lot of discussion and thought to solve. One proposal is to close tax loopholes for multinational companies like Apple and Google who pay no tax in our country because all their profits go overseas into foreign accounts, and trickle that money down to the low paid rather than increase taxes on other higher tiered workers.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on October 18, 2015:

I like your poem and it brings a lot of thought to our treatment of the earth and its creatures. Your ideas for change are admirable. The idea of consuming less, recycling, reducing emissions from automobiles and chemical plants, solar energy and other improvement is key.

One idea that concerns me is your statement, "Wealth needs to be redistributed more evenly and ethically." Among the incentives for people to achieve and do more with their talents is the hope of recognition, the idea of helping others and the possibility of reward for their effort. If a person of means chooses to give of their wealth to charity, that is admirable and the right thing to do. If the government forcibly takes away their earnings to give to someone else who is lacking, is this okay?

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on October 06, 2014:

thanks rasta1

Marvin Parke from Jamaica on October 05, 2014:

Lots of interesting literary techniques being used in one post.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on September 25, 2014:

Thanks for you wonderful comment Mora. This is something I feel strongly about and glad you do too. We can't spread the message enough, so of course you may share on Facebook. Use as much info as you want. Support for climate change action has been declining here in recent years due to economic scare campaign by politicians. Finally starting to pick up again.

Mira Fang from Canada on September 25, 2014:

I enjoyed this read on so many levels. Working toward a healthy environment is something I have strived to do since my single digit years. (Even waded through a local duck pond recently to retrieve some trash a man tossed in. I only feel minimally ashamed for having made a fool of him in front of dozens of others.)

I found out a few days ago that (here in Canada) 42% of our citizens are climate change deniers. (As announced on local news 'The National') I was exacerbated when I learned this. Might I get your permission to share a small excerpt (with a link to the original page) on Facebook?

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on September 21, 2014:

30,000 people gathered in the People Against Climate Change march in Melbourne Victoria today 21st Sept in the first of a series of marches around the world to send a message to world leaders who meet on Tuesday.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on September 18, 2014:

Hi Ann, it sounds like you are doing all the right things. Every small step counts and someone has to set an example and lead the way. One of my sons always used to say "I am just one person, nothing I do can make a difference", but if everyone had that attitude we would never get anywhere. We grow our own vegetable and have chickens, make our own soap etc, but we still have a way to go. I would love to be fully self- sufficient but don't think that is possible. Still it's good to strive for. Have a great day.

Ann Hinds from So Cal on September 18, 2014:

I believe that each person is responsible for saving the planet. Every small deed can make a difference. We are working towards reducing our footprint. We make our own cleaning products using less chemicals and grow our own vegetables to can. Small steps but I think it counts. Lots of good information here that will spur others to action.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on September 18, 2014:

Thank you for reading this hub Namaste. I hope you can attend one of the rallies this Sunday. The media here in Australia virtually ignores these as Rupert Murdoch and Newscorp virtually have a monopoly and support our Government that are climate change deniers. You are right that humankind is the greatest threat, and maybe I should have had "all of the above-humankind" as a choice because we caused all of them.

I am optimistic that the planet will recover in time but a lot of degradation will occur before it turns around. Hopefully it doesn't take our own extinction for the planet to repair itself. I like the "blue marble".

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on September 18, 2014:

I am grateful to find this page discussing Sunday's climate rallies and marches all over the world. I pray that enough of us come out to make the politicians sit up and take notice for once. Not just to take notice, but to act to slow climate change and give our bairn a chance to have decent lives in twenty, thirty and fifty years.

As for your poll, I think that humankind is the greatest threat to a human-habitable planet, although I picked the climate change option. Deforestation is my second choice after climate change, because without the "lungs of the planet," how can we continue to breathe?

The planet will, of course, go on with or without human beings and the rich diversity of flora and fauna we take with us as we continue on our reckless way to annihilation of all that makes this marble blue.

Thank you for caring so much and for investing your time in writing articles like this one.


John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on September 15, 2014:

Good to see a new face Eleanor and thanks for your kind comment. I feel that trying to save our planet is something everyone should be concerned with, so as I writer I also think it my responsibility to continue to push the message. I am glad you agree and enjoyed reading this hub. Thank you.

also known as Dan Jerris, who writes pirate stories for boys. on September 15, 2014:

Loved reading this. I hope more and more people think as you do. I hope more and more people try to improve our planet too, and thanks for doing something so lovely.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on September 14, 2014:

Thanks Paula, that comment "wow!" Says a lot.

Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on September 14, 2014:

A very powerful page. Wow!

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on September 07, 2014:

Thank you for reading this hub Susan, and for your kind insightful comment.

Susan Hambidge from Kent, England on September 07, 2014:

Really beautiful piece. I especially like that you include caring for others, sharing and reaching out, alongside using and just wanting less. We don't need all this stuff, how many times have you bought something that gets used twice and then is stored away for years? It took resources, transportation and packaging to get that product to you. All for very little. Thank you for this post,

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on September 06, 2014:

Hi Dianna, thank you for reading this important message. It is good to see that there are a lot of people who do care about the environment like yourself. Glad you repair before you buy, it does help. I am proud of that poem, happy you like it. Have a great day.

Dianna Mendez on September 05, 2014:

Your suggestions are ones that will make a big difference if everyone would follow them. I love the repair rather than replace idea. We do this before buying to save money, but it just helps the environment in general. Your poem is awesome!

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on September 04, 2014:

Why thank you Carrie. I am always trying to better what I've written before, sometimes I succeed, sometimes not. Glad you enjoyed this though and thanks for the vote of 'awesome'.

Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on September 04, 2014:

Excellent hub ! :). Without a doubt one of your best :). Media rich, loved the poems and the tips! :). Voted awesome.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on September 04, 2014:

Thank you Chitrangada for your great comment. I feel strongly about this topic so I needed to write this.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 04, 2014:

Great hub and what a wonderful combination of prose and poetry to convey a very important message, which concerns everyone!

Thanks for sharing and the pictures are amazing too!

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on September 04, 2014:

Thanks Phyllis, I'll go and take a look at your hub now and then link it as well.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on September 03, 2014:

Hi Jodah. I came back to read again. I included your link to this great hub in my Mother Earth hub. Hopefully our hubs will be an inspiration to others to save our planet. Thank you for writing this hub. *-*

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on September 03, 2014:

Thank you for your generous comment Jo. I am glad you enjoyed the poem especially and I felt the first image perfect for the message I was preaching :). "soul stirring" is exactly the reaction I wanted.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on September 03, 2014:

Yes Alicia, I do feel the Earth is worth saving, and I know you do too. Thanks for sharing.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on September 03, 2014:

Thank you Kathleen. I really hope my writing does have some impact in helping to initiate change. Yes, I appreciate fpher48, as well as all my hubber friends. There are some great people her at HP.

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on September 03, 2014:

What an incredible piece of work!! Your poem is poignant and very emotive, the first image really drives the message home. This is soul stirring. Up and sharing.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 03, 2014:

This is a very important article about some very serious conditions on Earth, Jodah. I'll share this hub.

Kathleen Odenthal from Bridgewater on September 03, 2014:

She is the greatest Jodah! (sorry for the non-relevant comment but I am glad other people appreciate fpher48 like I do!) and I am glad your hub is getting so much traffic! the more views, the larger chance a change will happen!

when you write jodah, people certainly listen, and that is awesome.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on September 03, 2014:

Thank you fpher48. It's great comments like yours that make me glad I put so much effort into this hub. I feel this is a very important message and needs to be shared. Thank you for your support and the vote up.

Suzie from Carson City on September 03, 2014:

Jodah....This hub is profound. Simply fabulous and inspiring. I drank in your every word and surely agree with you, Jodah. Love the photos, your poem and your 10 tips are an ideal list that should be memorized and put into action by all of us!!...Up++++

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on September 03, 2014:

Thank you for reading and such kind words shara. Yes, I am definitely a nature lover....what's not to love? :)

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on September 03, 2014:

Hi Audrey, I applaud you for going out of your way to pick up the trash of other campers. That may not seem like a big deal, but I bet there aren't many other people out there who would do the same. Hopefully there will be less litter every month, that will be proof that people are beginning to care. You are right, every little thing can make a difference. So glad you liked the poem especially, and the pics.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on September 03, 2014:

Thank you for such a wonderful and touching comment Genna. It sounds like our father was a very wise and great man. es John Butler is a real environmental warrior and great ambassador for Australia. I was very pleased with the poem "Hello World". It is probably one of the most important ones I have written as far as it's message, I think. Thank ou for the vote up and share also.

Farhat from Delhi on September 02, 2014:

Very Informative and follow worthy post,...simple words and message in the hub are capable enough in doing wonders towards saving our nature.....Great message are a true nature lover and i really love it!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on September 02, 2014:

I am so touched by your beautiful poem, tears actually filled my eyes. I love reading about this topic. Three days a week, I hike at the camp grounds near my home taking a large empty bag with me. I pick up any trash that campers leave on the ground. Then I hike up the main road in my mountain community and do the same thing.

I find mostly fast food litter and soda cans. Evidently someone must be watching as there is less litter this month.

It takes so little to make a difference and it all helps doesn't it?

Fantastic hub my friend with the photos and all. I like the first photo with Mother Earth and the last one with the horse. Voted up and across. but not funny. Sharing all over the place. Thank you so much jodah!

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on September 02, 2014:

I meant to add that we have been entrusted with the loving care of our fellow man…and this beautiful blue planet that makes our presence, our very existence, possible. You words bring this to life, meaningfully, and beautifully.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on September 02, 2014:

This is a subject near and dear to my heart. I was surprised to read that “saving the planet” was associated with finance. On second thought, perhaps not so very surprised. And you have included the music of John Butler (and his trio). :-) He is a long-standing warrior, so to speak, for the environment. My father was a research biologist and environmental scientist. He and his colleagues worked for decades to bring about better awareness and involvement, which often fell to deaf ears. “They won’t do anything about it until it is too late,” he said. I pray that he was wrong, but he was right about so much…a man before his time.

Your poetry is quite moving…one of the most striking poems I have read in some time; your list of ideas, thorough, perceptive and powerful. Kudos and hugs, John, for this insightful article! I have voted this waaay up…and shared.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on September 02, 2014:

Yes Ruby, you are right. If Al Gore had of become President your country and the world may have been a much different place. Glad you liked the poem too.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on September 02, 2014:

Thanks Phyllis you are a kind and noble heart and I appreciate you. Love to have our hubs linked.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on September 02, 2014:

You said it perfectly Jaye. Your sharing may help to get this message seen by the "ignorant climate change deniers", but whether they take it seriously is another matter. Thanks for the vote up and share.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on September 02, 2014:

Not that tough Eric, just determination and for the Governments to stop praying to the 'False Economy God'. Gotta be optimistic.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on September 02, 2014:

Yes, Dr Bill. It's as easy as that. We just have to get the majority feeling the same way. Thanks.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on September 02, 2014:

:) thanks.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on September 02, 2014:

And they laughed at Al Gore, saying, he was nuts, when the fact is, he was telling it like it is. Great reminder Jodah, if we don't stop destroying our planet it soon will be gone. Loved your poetry and am sharing on twitter..

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on September 02, 2014:

Jodah, that is a great idea to link to each other's hub on saving Earth. I will let you know as soon as it is published, and I will link to this hub. Thank you.

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on September 02, 2014:

This is AMAZING, John, both the prose and poem, and I hope your hub is read by ignorant climate change deniers! We each can do our part to save and protect the planet we are allowed to live on. That is merely good stewardship, a concept often forgotten in a world that's more concerned with 'profits at any price' than with caring, kindness, and preservation.

Voted Up++++/shared


Eric Wayne Flynn from Providence, Rhode Island on September 02, 2014:

Tough road ahead, but maybe there is hope for the future in our future.


dragonflycolor on September 02, 2014:

Couldn't have said it better.

William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on September 02, 2014:

Simply excellent. Let's just do it. Thanks for this super hub! ;-)