Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It was loaned to you by your children.
~ Kenyan Proverb
Inspiration: Spark People
Words are like eggs, when they are hatched they have wings.
~ Traditional Malagasy (Madagascar) proverb
By Dian Hasan | September 22, 2010
By now, most of us are aware of the importance of being green, but plenty of us (more than we’d like to admit!) often fester about WHAT & HOW EXACTLY do I become green and take better care of our planet.
Here are 10 easy tips on how to do it in a simple, intelligent and doable way… even a kid can do it (well they can always get adult supervision when changing light bulbs!):
1. Switch It Off!
About 35% of all electricity produced is used to run homes. Switch off the lights when you leave a room, and enjoy natural sunlight instead of overhead lights during the day.
2. Make A Change
If every household in America changed just one light bulb to an energy-efficient model, it would reduce global warming pollution by more than 90 billion pounds! Change all your bulbs to low energy models to enjoy lower bills and a better world.
3. Ride A Bike
One of the best investments, for your health, your wallet and the environment. Most people don’t get enough exercise and gas prices are through the roof. Every time you walk or bike instead of driving, you reduce your contribution to global warming by lowering the amount of car exhaust released into the atmosphere.
4. Share A Ride
If walking or biking isn’t possible, carpool or use public transportation. Personal transportation is responsible for up to 50 percent of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution and more than 45 percent of toxic air emissions!
5. Check The Oil
Keeping oil filters clean and tires properly inflated can increase a vehicle’s fuel efficiency by more than 15%. Almost a third of all trucks and SUVs on the road have at least one under-inflated tire, and any vehicle that’s running inefficiently releases more harmful emissions than a properly maintained one.
6. Plant A Seed
Trees reduce the impact of greenhouse emissions and act as a filter for the atmosphere. Twenty trees can offset the pollution from a car driven 60 miles daily! More green spaces in cities also help to offset the heat island effect, where urban areas are up to 10% hotter than surrounding rural areas.
7. Be A Star
Switch to Energy Star appliances that use less electricity than your old appliances. Save money on your electric bill while you lower your impact on the earth.
8. Fix A Leak
A leaky faucet can waste 50 gallons of water daily and that’s just from a slow drip! Fix your drips and reduce the amount of electricity used to pump water into your home.
9. Teach A Child
Teach your kids the importance of living green and ensure that their world and their children’s world will be less polluted than ours, not more!
10. Be Heard
Contact your local and state government representatives and encourage a review of current environmental policies. Let your representatives know that you support green programs for city projects and green building codes. Be heard and make a difference!
Inspiration: Engage Green
By Dian Hasan | September 22, 2010
In a short film by Annie Leonard (from her “Story of Stuff” project series), she looks at the fascinating (but scary) reality of the bottled water industry, in which she argues the industry is responsible not only for forcing (well ok, creating then…) demand for something that is readily available in most homes… via our water taps! But also for the mountains of waste that ends up in landfills across the globe. Even the plastic water bottle waste is exported to other countries, where parts of it is recycled, and the rest ends up in… you guessed it, landfills!
Watch the movie. It’s not only entertaining but offers plausible solutions, and encourages every one to return to tap water.
Inspiration: Timberland Earthkeepers Blog