I know it’s not the first thing on every student’s mind, but being “green” really is important.
Between classes and all of our other commitments, it’s difficult to remember to consume less.
Our lifestyles aren’t exactly friendly toward our environment.
Technology, all the gas we use in our cars and even the food we eat on a daily basis are not compatible with our Earth.
People, especially people in our modern generation, believe that it’s no big deal to pay no attention to environmental issues.
Many are ignorant about the actual impact our actions and behaviors have on the planet.
Things like plastic water bottles, paper and plastics thrown away in the garbage bins, driving from one end of campus to the other and leaving lights in a room on are examples of things that I see around campus that are wasteful.
An easy fix for the water bottles is to carry your own reusable plastic or metal water bottle. Fill it up and stick it in your refrigerator at night and have cold water in the morning.
You’d be surprised how much more water you drink when using a water bottle like this, too.
Plus, the water is free. You don’t have to pay an overpriced $2 for a plastic water bottle that you’ll just throw away.
Every room is provided with a green recycling bin. The green chairs of the residence halls worked hard last year to get the grant money for all those bins. Why not take advantage of them and put your recyclables in there?
Paper, plastics, cardboard, glass and many other items can be recycled.
There’s even a picture on the side of the bin that tells you what can and can’t be recycled.
I know the feeling of waking up in the morning and really not wanting to walk all the way across campus to class.
But starting your car and driving the tiny distance across campus really is a huge waste of gas. Invest in a bike or a longboard, or take the opportunity to wake up by going on a brisk morning stroll to class.
Plus, it may get you in better shape, since you do it every day. This goes for elevators in buildings as well.
Take the stairs, it’s not that hard. And when you have to use your car to get somewhere, for the love of Earth, please just carpool. It is unnecessary to drive separate cars.
Also, it really isn’t hard to turn off the lights when you leave a room. It’s a simple fix, and one of the easiest ways to take steps to becoming more “green.”
It’s hard to remember, but unplugging your appliances like curling irons, blow dryers and cell phone chargers when you’re finished is another good way to save energy.
Did you know that most cancers and diseases that are so prevalent in our society today are all linked back to the environment? So instead of treating the symptoms, let’s treat the cause and start taking care of our planet.
Kelsey Sutton/Copy chief
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