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I Dream of Green

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2012 at 5:57 pm

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”- The Lorax

Planet earth is our home, but it won’t be here forever. Ever heard of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle? It would be hard if you haven’t. That slogan is shown everywhere to promote the reduction of trash.  According to statistics, the average person throws away 4-5 pounds of trash each day. However, each country differs in what they consume and dispose. For example America generates 30% of the world’s trash while some countries probably produce less than 1%. Lifestyle is a huge indicator when it comes to measuring trash index. How much you use and throw away is probably far different from other people. What would our planet be like if the whole world lived like you do? Take the ecological footprint quiz and see!

http://www.footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/page/calculators/

Now that you know how your lifestyle affects the earth aren’t you glad that not everyone in the world lives like you do? If they all did, what would the world be like now?

                                                               

The truth is that even the simplest of tasks affects the environment in some way. For example, you go to the grocery store to buy some food for dinner. You pick up some fruit, vegetables, and some meat. How did you get to the store? If you drove, then you contributed to damaging the earth’s atmosphere by releasing the carbon dioxide from your car into the air. How did the products that you bought get onto the shelf? Well it was probably shipped there which also allows excess carbon dioxide into the air. Also, the food was most likely cultivated with pesticides and fertilizers that often form into runoff which flows into local bodies of water killing many ecosystems. Although it seems overwhelming, there are actually tons of ways that you can help restore the environment. Carpooling is a great way to start! I spend about an hour driving each day to and from school; however, by carpooling I contribute to the environmental cause by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide. Also, choosing what you eat is a huge factor because even though it might be a bit pricier, foods that are grown without pesticides or fertilizers are better for both you and the planet!

                                       

There are many global events dedicated to increase awareness of the importance of Earth’s environment. Earth Day is celebrated in March and over 175 countries participate in the cause. In 1970 the first Earth Day launched an environmental movement that led to the creation of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. Since then this event has expanded and promoted even more environmental concern in countries! Another day that supports going green is the World Environmental Day that runs through the United Nations. It is celebrated internationally annually on June 5th, and it is hosted in different countries each year. Be a part of the cause for a healthy earth and celebrate the step towards a brighter and cleaner future!

http://www.earthday.org/

http://www.nrdc.org/globalwarming/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Environment_Day

http://www.epa.gov/region7/waste/solidwaste/index.htm

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