By: Lauren Levy
St. Patrick’s Day isn’t the only day you should go green. Do it all year round! Let’s look at some pointers for how we can all help the environment.
One way that can save you tons of money is by saving electricity and water usage. Do so by turning off the lights and televisions when you leave a room and/or go to sleep. Yes, long and warm showers are the key to relaxation, but try to cut back on those hour-long cleaning sessions. In addition, always make sure to turn off anything that doesn’t need to be used after a period of time. This includes curling irons, hair dryers, electric razors, etc.
Why recycle? Because it keeps the earth’s air and water clean. Recycling helps reduce the landfills that would be filled with tons of trash and items if we didn’t recycle. For instance, it takes centuries for a disposable diaper to break down in a landfill… gross! Everything from metals, paper, glass, plastic bags, etc. should be recycled. No one wants to live in an environment with filth.
Eat Less Meat
Not only are you going to be saving lives of animals, but you are also helping the environment. Greenhouse gas emissions would be cut down by 56% if someone switched to a different diet. No, I do not mean becoming a vegetarian. Believe it or not, a flexitarian diet involves eating meat! However, a person following this lifestyle would eat meat only a few days a week. Of course, the human body still needs protein. Other sources of protein (besides meat) come from nuts, beans, and seeds. Your muscles will still benefit!
Did you know that the paper industry is the fifth largest consumer energy in the world? It certainly is no surprise! We use paper for everything on a daily basis. Though, there are many benefits to the environment by going paperless. An obvious one is that we prevent deforestation. In other words, trees getting chopped down. Trees are important in our environment because they produce oxygen to keep life on our planet. Without them, how will we breathe?
Cut Down on Fuel
Gasoline is not healthy for the environment. It produces carbon dioxide, which contributes to one-fifth of our total global warming pollution. How can you cut down? Try riding a bike or (if not too far) walk to your destination. Not only are you saving gas, but money will be reduced. Another way to help save gas is to carpool with a friend. Instead of driving two cars, try having everyone fit into one if possible.
Surely, there are many other ways we all can help save the environment. Each day, our planet’s temperature is rising. In result, global warming is becoming a huge concern for the earth. Help save our planet by going green!
How are you going to go green?