Your Voice: How serious is Earth to me?

Azalea Miller

Features Editor

The signs are everywhere ‘Global warming’, ‘recycle’, but is everyone listening. Recently there were green recycle bins dropped off to every house in Lansing to encourage recycling. According to http://www.benefits-of-recycling.com/whyisrecyclingimportant/ recycling can help preserve, and save the earth. Everyone says that, ‘save the earth’ but what it really means is when society recycles things like paper for example, it minimizes the amount of trees needed to be cut down to restore the paper that was lost. When things are recycled it takes less energy to refurbish the materials rather than making it all over again. If you were to throw away something that could be recyclable it goes to a landfill to be composed, but if you were to recycle it would be less things to decompose. As the materials are decomposed gases in the air begin to pollute the air we breath causing more seriousness to the global warming issues.
Students can play a big role in contributing to ‘making the earth a better place’ as well. Accoriding to http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=7570 the top 10 ways students can help prevent global warming are: :
1. Carpool to school
2. Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
3. Replace traditional light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs.
4. Unplug your cell phone charger when you are not using it.
5. Towel- or air-dry your hair instead of using an electric hair dryer.
6. Wait until you have a full load of dirty clothes before doing your laundry.
7. Be sure to regularly clean the lint trap in the dryer after each load of laundry.
8. In the summer, close window shades to keep the sun from heating up the house.
9. Put on a sweater when you are cold instead of asking for the heat to be turned up.
10. Spread the word! Share energy-saving advice with friends and family.

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