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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Living "Green" in 2016

Climate change, species extinctions, deforestation, and pollution are all environmental concerns that the world is faced with today. While solving these issues will take the collaboration of many, here are some easy things that you can do to help out the earth:

1. Saving water
California has recently undergone, and is still in the midst, of a record-breaking drought. Save thousands of gallons of water with these tips:
  • Set a five minute timer for your shower. A phone will work, but I recommend investing in a water-saving timer like this so you can see how much time is left. Make 5-minute showers the new norm.
  • Turn off the shower when soaping up. You don't need the water running when you're trying to scrub in your shampoo! Save 3-5 gallons every minute that the shower is turned off.
2. Reducing your pollution
Pollution entails the toxins humans release into the land, water, and air. Try these tips to reduce your pollution and eliminate your "carbon footprint."

  • Leave the car at home: So much of our time spent in the car is just driving a few miles around town. Consider biking or walking one or two miles to your destination and eliminate up to 15 pounds of pollutants from entering our air!
  • Recycling and Composting:  While most items can be tossed in your recycling and compost bins at home, other items need to be disposed separately, including batteries and electronics. Check out this awesome chart that identifies how to properly dispose of waste in your city.
Got any of your own tips for how to live a "green" lifestyle? Share in the comments! 
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Written by Katia G., Homework Assistant

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