How to Save the World

Ethan McClure, Photo Editor

Hey Lake City, how many of you are already ready for summer? While we wait for the sunshine and beach days what are some easy things we can do to save our environment so when we go outside it’s nice and clean? How can we go green in CDA?

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Going green is easier than you think. There are little things you can do every day to help reduce greenhouse gases and make a less harmful impact on the environment. Taking care of the Earth is not just a responsibility, but a privilege that we all can experience. one way you can help is watching how much water you use. Pay attention to how you use water. The little things can make a big difference. Every time you turn off the water while you’re brushing your teeth, you’re doing something good. Got a leaky toilet? You might be wasting 200 gallons of water a day. Try drinking tap water instead of bottled water, so you aren’t wasting all that packaging as well. Wash your clothes in cold water when you can.

When you can walk, or ride a bike to work or school! If you can stay off the road just two days a week, you’ll reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,590 pounds per year. Combine your errands too. Hit the post office, grocery store and shoe repair place in one trip. It will save you gas and time. If you can’t walk or bike, use mass transit or carpool. Every car not on the road makes a difference. If you’re going to drive, drive smarter. Slowing down and driving 60 mph instead of 70 mph on the highway will save you up 4 miles per gallon. Accelerating and braking too hard can actually reduce your fuel economy, so take it easy on the brakes and gas pedal.

Recycle. You can help reduce pollution just by putting that soda can in a different bin. If you’re trying to choose between two products, pick the one with the least packaging. If an office building of 7,000 workers recycled all of its office paper waste for a year, it would be the equivalent of taking almost 400 cars off the road! Recycling is so easy and has such a huge impact so please simply take that extra step.

Make your home more energy efficient (and save money). Clean your air filters so your system doesn’t have to work overtime. Get a programmable thermostat so you aren’t wasting energy when you aren’t home. When you go to bed, reduce the thermostat setting. You won’t miss those extra degrees of heat or air conditioning while you’re asleep.

Turn off lights when you’re not in the room and unplug appliances when you’re not using them. It only takes a second to be environmentally conscious. Also change your light bulbs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs last 10 times longer than a standard light bulbs and use at least two-thirds less energy.

These are really easy things that we should all do to save our planet. Have a fantastic week T-Wolves!

For more ideas, check out these websites:

Save the Earth

50 Ways to Help

Kids for Saving Earth