|Green Living: From the Mentors
I think going green is really important right now, especially with the way our economy is. If people can "go green," they'll be saving themselves a lot of money (and not to mention the planet we call home!)! I think tweens are playing a big part in this. Some tweens neglect to turn off the light when they leave the room, or to turn off the TV when they aren't even watching it! Tweens are the ideal people to influence their parents, siblings, teachers, friends, etc. to go green! We need to save this planet, and everybody can make a difference. Everyone needs to step up and do his or her part if we want to accomplish this goal of saving Earth...and it can start with you! Personally, I try to help the planet by drinking tap water in reusable bottles instead of bottled water. I also make a habit of biking to school, and other places that are short distances away, instead of driving. This lowers air pollution. Carpooling with friends is another fuel-efficient way to save the planet!
Ever since I learned about global warming and the hole in the ozone layer, I've been really concerned about the state of the planet. It's a scary thing to think of what might happen if we don't take proper care of it. Luckily, it's really very easy to do your part! Everyone can do something to pitch in, no matter what his or her age. Every little thing counts. Always make sure to recycle and reuse things whenever you can; it cuts down on waste. Turning off the lights when you leave a room and asking your parents to wash the laundry with cold water helps too. Instead of throwing out old clothes in good condition, donate them or give them to a friend instead of throwing them out. Also, encourage your parents to walk instead of driving the car for shorter distances. These are all things my parents and I do to do our bit, and they're so easy that anyone can do them!
It's important to take care of our planet, and it's so easy to help that nobody has an excuse not to!
I think that it is important for young people to get green because we are the new generation. In our generation the world has become more polluted than any other generation. We all have work as a team to help eliminate waste, and stop using as much fossil fuels. Although many things to help save resources are very pricey, and in this economy many people cannot afford to buy new things, there are many affordable things that can be done to help save the environment. For example, a family can spend twenty dollars on cloth grocery bags, which will last for years, instead of using plastic ones. Did you know it takes decades for one plastic grocery bag to decompose? Another example would be for a family to buy compact fluorescent light bulbs. They can sometimes be a pain, because they take a minute or so to get fully bright, and you can't throw them in the trash can, but they cut down a family's electric bill by significant percentages. They also last a very long time. I started living a green life by cutting down my shower time. I used to spend 30 or 40 minutes in the shower, and I have cut down to about 15 minutes. My family also uses cloth grocery bags, and if my mom forgets them she asks for paper bags. A piece of advice: if a grocer asks you if you want paper or plastic bags, choose paper!
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