Since 1970, the importance of keeping the Earth healthy and clean has been marked by the celebration of Earth Day. In honor of Earth Day, April 22, here are some easy tips you can curb your ways to make a positive impact every day.
1. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle: This is typically the first thing that comes to mind when referring to “going green.” Recycling paper, plastic, cardboard, and other household items will help keep unnecessary items out of landfills and make them available for reuse, so we can save on natural resources. Going grocery shopping? Bring reusable bags to the grocery stores, instead of using plastic ones. Invest in a reusable water bottle instead of using plastic ones. Also, look for recycling bins on campus!
2. Use Less Water: “Save some water for the fish” is a popular saying to remind people not to waste water. Every time you turn the water off when brushing your teeth, you save at least four gallons of water. By making this small change, 240 gallons of water or more is saved each month!
3. Carpool: Whether you have a job, commute to school, or simply take regular shopping trips, carpooling is a great way to save on money and pollution. The fewer cars on the road, the better, so try to catch a ride with a friend as much as possible when traveling long distances.
4. Watch Out For Litter: Ever throw something away while you are speed walking to class? How do you know you made it into the trash can? Not all litter is a purposeful drop of trash on the ground, but sometimes it is a missed basket when we are in a rush. Take a few seconds to make sure that all the trash you throw away gets to its intended destination- the trash can.
5. Go Paperless: Got monthly cellphone bills and bank statements piling up? Save trees by turning off paper statements and paying bills online.
6. Conserve Energy: Skip the elevator and take a trip up the stairs. Not only is this healthier for you, but it also saves a lot of energy needed to power up the elevator. Also remember to turn the lights off when you are not in the room. This will lower your electricity bill, and save valuable energy. Lastly, make sure to unplug your phone chargers from the wall outlets because even those consume energy.
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Written by DeVonna Smith, Peer Educator