Ultimately, the community we're trying to help is the global community. The environment and its preservation benefit not only the immediately surrounding areas, but have far-reaching effects on citizens around the world. In the United States of America, a country containing no more than 5% of the world's population, we use as much as 25% of the world's resources. Our over-consumption of products is facilitated by the ease with which we can throw things away and forget about them, especially things that can be recycled such as paper, aluminum, plastic, and cardboard. By tossing recyclable materials into the garbage and sending it to a landfill, the earth suffers twice: first, those products have to be broken down and landfills contribute to our greenhouse gas levels, and second, we have to make more papers and plastics to replace those that we've thrown away which will consume more resources and cost more energy, further adding to greenhouse gas emissions.
Reducing this wastefulness is a major step in helping rectify the problem of global warming and cleaning up our environment to preserve it for future generations.