Managing Editor In Chief
Earth Day: another random holiday that either goes unnoticed or results in some sort of assembly about light bulbs. But Earth Day is not just about saving electricity or recycling, it’s about realizing how important and limited our world is. The resources we take for granted every day will not always be at our disposal, so it’s important to remember that we can be mindful about how much of everything we use each and every day.
- Become more aware: Each time you turn on the sink or throw something away, think about the actual impact you are making. Are you using excess water that you don’t need to be using? Could you be composting that food instead of throwing it away? All it takes is a little extra thought and it can make a big difference.
- Think about conservation: Next time you think about reaching for that styrofoam bowl in the lunch room or running the washing machine just for one shirt, stop and ask yourself if you really need to do it. It’s harmful and wasteful.
- Stop littering: This is as simple as it sounds. Walk the extra ten steps to the trash can. Littering makes our community look as bad as it is for the environment.
- Buy local!: Support your local farmers! Buying locally grown produce and products reduces your carbon footprint. Especially with the Spring and Summer approaching, many farmer’s markets will soon be opening, including the one right across from Bullis!
- Be conscious of your travelling: Flying and driving places has a large impact on the environment. When possible, think about walking and biking to wherever you need to go, it keeps our world as well as our bodies healthy.
- Reduce the amount of harmful chemicals you use: Chemicals like paint, oil, ammonia and others can have a serious impact on the environment if they are exposed to the air or groundwater. Try to buy organic products that will reduce the risk of exposing toxins into the air.
- Use cloths instead of paper towels: As simple as this sounds, it makes a big difference after a few weeks.
- Invest in environmentally friendly apps: The app “GoodGuide” can help you shop for clean products while the app “Eco-Dice” will give you a green task to accomplish each day. (Similarly, “BunnyFree” allows you to scan or search for items to see if the company tests on animals.)
- Participate in local environmental activities: On Saturday, April 18th, Global Citizen Earth Day 2015 will take place on the Washington Monument Grounds and will include a concert as well local leaders speaking out about protecting the environment. Stars such as Usher and Train will be performing throughout the day.
- Spread the word: The only way to make an impact is if we all join together. One person cannot change everything, we have to work together. Educate your friends and teachers-you can make a difference!