1000 Flowers for the Planet - #243 Use the Stairs
Keeping fit is a good way to reduce pressure on the health system, whatever country you live in. There are lots of actions you can take to improve your health and well-being. The next time you find yourself in a multi-storey building heading for the elevator, try using the stairs instead. You don’t have to climb all fifty-two levels to get to your destination but you could walk up a few flights before finishing the journey by lift. And when it comes to the journey back to terra firma, walk a few flights in that direction too, because going down stairs is actually more strenuous than going up stairs – you’ll get an even better workout.
How does this help the planet? By keeping fit and steering clear of the health system you are avoiding using resources that are better used for those who cannot avoid their health issues: the aged, the handicapped, people who have had accidents etc. In the health system a lot of resources have single use only, adding to landfill and toxic waste. Something as simple as using the stairs is yet another small piece of the giant picture.