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Discussions Discussion Earth Easy - Solutions for Sustainable Living
Isabella J-USA, Oct. 18, 2013

Tonight, I took part in a fundraiser, where I was asked to represent my school and the Yellowstone trip, for a group called Ecology Project International (EPI). I have had the privilege of attending two of their trips, to Costa Rica and Yellowstone. While I was at the event I was reminded of the great things that EPI does for students and also for the environment. By taking students form around the world and educating them about different environments, they are trying to impact how we think about and carryout our daily activities, and their impacts on the environment. I was particularly struck by one of their programs, which incorporated local students in their different programs. These local people had the chance to experience their neighborhoods in an entirely new way. To me one of the best examples of this, was a boy who lived on the Sea of Cortez, but had never been on a boat. While this amazing marine ecosystem was practically his backyard, he only realized the amazing creature, such as whales, that lives there during the EPI trip. This story made me realize what an amazing program EPI has. But almost more importantly, this organization helps people conserver environments and life, not only during its courses but also by teaching its students how to live sustainably. One example of this, was when I was on the Costa Rica trip, I had the opportunity to help save Leatherback Sea Turtles, but I also learned more about suitability and what it means to help our planet though the three R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle) and what sibyl picking up a piece of trash can accomplish.

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Discussions Discussion Environmental responsibility at home
Anna Fransson, Oct. 13, 2013

Our teacher brought us students in the class for a visit to the Eco Centre in Gothenburg. At The Eco Centre we saw many clever innovations in sustainability. They had built the house in by the most sustainable manner as possible inside. Among other things, they used only low-energy electronic. But something I reacted to was a part of how they used their toilets. They saved all the rainwater during the year that landed on their roof, which is very much in Gothenburg, and flushed the toilets with. Very clever!
How much does it cost to clean water? Do we Swedes really need clean water to flush our toilets with? I think not. If the Swedish households could use the rain water we could save, money, water and the enviroment even better than we do now.

http://www.ekocentrum.se/en/
Anna Fransson
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Discussions Discussion Off the table?
Anna Fransson, Oct. 13, 2013

Our teacher brought us students in the class for a visit to the Eco Centre in Gothenburg. At The Eco Centre we saw many clever innovations in sustainability. They had built the house in by the most sustainable manner as possible inside. Among other things, they used only low-energy electronic. But something I reacted to was a part of how they used their toilets. They saved all the rainwater during the year that landed on their roof, which is very much in Gothenburg, and flushed the toilets with. Very clever!
How much does it cost to clean water? Do we Swedes really need clean water to flush our toilets with? I think not. If the Swedish households could use the rain water we could save, money, water and the enviroment even better than we do now.

http://www.ekocentrum.se/en/#&panel1-1
Anna Fransson
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  • Alan A USA Alan A USA Oct. 14, 2013
    The use of fresh water to flush toilets is a great idea that could save the environment in enormous ways. But how can places that are in the middle of the desert take part in these innovations. In the U.S.A many places like Arizona survive on the cleaning and transportation of water to thousand of people living in places like Tucson and Phoenix. Because they don't even have any rain or salt water around them at all to be able to use fresh rain water for toilets like in Sweden.

    Its sad that places in Arizona have to use to so much carbon to survive with bringing fresh water,using air conditioners, and all the other way to carbon is emitted in cities. It would be impossible for them to gives up these essential ways because it is so key to their survival and prosperity of their cities. Unless ways to lower our carbon footprint are adapted to all types of cities and ecosystem their are still going to be people who won't give up their air conditioners,heating systems and transportation ways. The idea of using rain water to flush toilets is a move in the right direction and its good to know that people in the world are trying to find ways to be able to get rid of our habits of having high carbon footprint

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Discussions Discussion Let’s go environmentally responsible
Reese Turlington, Nov. 14, 2011

GAP Inc. recently published their environmental responsibiltiy report. Since this is a store that many of us shop at, I think it’s important to hold them - and ourselves - accountable for doing business profitably while caring for the environment. As they say in the video, they’re not perfect, but the fact that they reach out to communicate what they are accomplishing to achieve environmental sustainability is important to me.

I hope the Walmart’s of the world begin similar efforts since they are among the biggest companies in the world.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXOJEH0se9A
Reese Turlington
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Discussions Discussion Educational Games
Steve Lang, Nov. 2, 2011

I recently used this with my Year 10 Study of Society and the Environment class. We were studying a unit on Sustainability and World Management Issues. I flipped my class on its head; I let my students play the game for two lessons then we went through the textbook - they had all the answers to each chapter fully ingrained in their thinking before they even read the textbook.

And there would be a number of teachers who thought that games have no educational worth…we completed in a week what may have taken three without electrocity

http://www.electrocity.co,nz
Steve Lang
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