I want leaders worldwide to know through this e-pledge that I care for the environment....
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I want leaders worldwide to know that I am concerned about the environment and pledge to do all these, while they do their part in enacting relevant laws that are pro-environment and pro-our-children’s- future too!
I am fully aware that I can do something for the environment. There are “easy choices we can all make to start this culture shift to environmental consciousness” as told to us by Lauren Beriont in her letter to the editor: Titled, "There are easy ways for students (or just about anyone) to adopt an ecofriendly lifestyle" (Published November 28, 2011 with the Michigan Daily Newspaper). Adopting an ecofriendly lifestyle, she continued will in the “end benefit our posterity, our Earth, and , most obviously, our pockets.” Here are simple actions which may save energy and save the earth and save money too. It’s a win-win situation really!
- “By turning off your lights, you have the potential to save 10 to 20 percent of a total household electricity bill.
- Cutting back your daily shower by five minutes for a year saves you almost $10(imagine if all your roommates did this) and more than 4,562 gallons of water.
- Turn on energy-saving settings for your laptop and turn your laptop off at night, use a power strip and turn it off when not in use…
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with energy-saving fluorescent lights or led lights…
- Use the microwave instead of the stovetop whenever possible…
- Wash clothes with cold water ….
- ….and use natural lighting during the daytime. These are just a few pertinent energy-saving suggestions, but most importantly, spread the word. Let’s make it trendy to care.”
- Other ways you can save the earth, save energy and save the money:
- "Choose an energy efficient car
- Install solar panels on the roof of your house
- Plant a tree
- Grow vegetables and fruits in your garden
- Make less travel
- Buy from near or your local farm stand
- Schedule less travel by air
- Turn up the thermostat on the air conditioning when it's hot. Use fans instead. They use much less power.
- Sweaters, blankets, and socks are good for you and better for the planet.
- Walk or ride your bike instead of taking a car everywhere.
- If you must ride, carpool.
- Stay out of the drive thru! When you go to a fast-food place, ask your driver to park the car and let you walk inside, rather than sitting in a line of cars with the engine running and polluting.
- Bikes are a great form of green transportation.
- Bring reusable grocery bags.
- Recycle everything you can. You should be recycling paper, aluminum cans, cardboard, food cans, plastic, glass, newspapers, magazines, junk mail, phone books, and anything else made of paper.
- Bring your own mug at Starbucks
- Drink tap water—filtered, if you like—instead of plastic bottled water.
- Carry your drinking water in a reusable bottle.
- Buy the product that uses less packaging material.
- By all means you can add other simple lifestyle and pro-environment behavior changes.
I have read the tips and knowing that simple changes in my personal lifestyle may help future generations live a better environment as well as appreciate too what I did today!
Note: This e-pledge is connected to a playful ai or chatbot called iSKA and this is the link where you can ask her about climate change.
Source of the tips from:
- Beriont, Lauren. (November 28, 2011). Letter to the Editor: There are easy ways for students to adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle. Michigan Daily Newspaper. Retrieved from https://www.michigandaily.com/opinion/letter-editor-easy-tips-college-students-be-eco-friendly
- Doyle, Heather (Program Manager). (August 28, 2018). “Climate Kids.” Earth Science Communication Team NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. California Institute of Technology Retrieved from https://climatekids.nasa.gov/
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