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Discussions Discussion Environmental responsibility at home
Allison Cowie, Feb. 10, 2014

My family and I try to be environmentally conscious. We only use LED/CFL lightbulbs (and turn them off when they aren’t in use), set the thermostat low in the winter and high in the summer, minimize water use and try not to throw things away. I’d like to find out more ways we can limit our household carbon footprint.

Allison Cowie
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  • Eydís Eva Eydís Eva Feb. 12, 2014
    How admireable that your family and you care about the environment in such manners! (Applause).There should most certainly be more people like you.I have to admit,i haven't been paying much attention to this issue and neither has my family,but i'd love to become more concerned environmentally.If you have some tips,do let me know! Greetings from Iceland
  • Andrea Ósk Andrea Ósk Feb. 12, 2014
    Hi Allison i also need to be more environmentally conscious. I am going to recycle more so you can maybe take that in to consideration. For example paper, organic trash, plastic and just everything that you can recycle.

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Discussions Discussion Environmental responsibility at home
Christian Lantzsch, Feb. 10, 2014

I believe that it is everyones responsibility to create a sustainable world. In America, we seem to forget that our overconsumption of goods and overuse of energy at home only destroys our future. People seem to only be worried about the here and now and how to improve their lives in the present rather than worrying about how life will be like in 10-30 years with current trends in the environment. As a community we must come together and help others realize that less use now will lead to a more fruitful future.

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Discussions Discussion Environmental responsibility at home
Arya Ha, Feb. 10, 2014

I am a US citizen who is using a lot of power for home. My family and I do not travel a lot. I think everyone who is living in a developed country is responsible for conserving energy. We live in a place where there is enough resource for everyone to use. At home, I use most of the power for electronics. For example i use 5 electronic plug-ins; my phone, my computer, my lamp, my alarm clock, and my second small lamp. My family likes to likes he idea of conserving energy because it helps the Earth and reduces our monthly bill. I think the idea of increasing the cost of electricity would anger American resident. The best way to conserve energy at home is finding more renewable resources.

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Discussions Discussion Environmental responsibility at home
Arya Ha, Feb. 10, 2014

I am a US citizen who is using a lot of power for home. My family and I do not travel a lot. I think everyone who is living in a developed country is responsible for conserving energy. We live in a place where there is enough resource for everyone to use. At home, I use most of the power for electronics. For example i use 5 electronic plug-ins; my phone, my computer, my lamp, my alarm clock, and my second small lamp. My family likes to likes he idea of conserving energy because it helps the Earth and reduces our monthly bill. I think the idea of increasing the cost of electricity would anger American resident. The best way to conserve energy at home is finding more renewable resources.

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Discussions Discussion Environmental responsibility at home
Arya Ha, Feb. 10, 2014

I am a US citizen who is using a lot of power for home. My family and I do not travel a lot. I think everyone who is living in a developed country is responsible for conserving energy. We live in a place where there is enough resource for everyone to use. At home, I use most of the power for electronics. For example i use 5 electronic plug-ins; my phone, my computer, my lamp, my alarm clock, and my second small lamp. My family likes to likes he idea of conserving energy because it helps the Earth and reduces our monthly bill. I think the idea of increasing the cost of electricity would anger American resident. The best way to conserve energy at home is finding more renewable resources.

Arya Ha
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Discussions Discussion Environmental responsibility at home
Arya Ha, Feb. 10, 2014

I am a US citizen who is using a lot of power for home. My family and I do not travel a lot. I think everyone who is living in a developed country is responsible for conserving energy. We live in a place where there is enough resource for everyone to use. At home, I use most of the power for electronics. For example i use 5 electronic plug-ins; my phone, my computer, my lamp, my alarm clock, and my second small lamp. My family likes to likes he idea of conserving energy because it helps the Earth and reduces our monthly bill. I think the idea of increasing the cost of electricity would anger American resident. The best way to conserve energy at home is finding more renewable resources.

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Discussions Discussion Deforestation SOS
Ana Sofía AW, Feb. 10, 2014

Because I am so fortunate to have grown up in a place that values environmental education I often forget that this opportunity is relatively rare. My name is Ana Sofia and for the past four years I have been part of a small organization dedicated to teaching kids in Borneo, Indonesia about the devastating effects of deforestation on the world’s green house gas emissions and global ecosystems. Borneo is home to an incredibly large rainforest which is home to thousands of species some of which are only found in Indonesia. Increased logging both legal and illegal as well as the rise of palm oil plantations has greatly affected the habitats of Bornean animals as well as the lives of people. The programs goal is to bring pride to Indonesian students on an elementary to high school level and encourage them to make a difference in the future of their own rainforest.

http://www.ASRIKids.tumblr.com
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  • Wiebke Rahlf Wiebke Rahlf Feb. 22, 2014
    What can the people in Borneo actually do to prevent deforestation? Apart from teaching the kids about the effects etc., what does the organization do? I didn't get that from the link. And what could I do myself?

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Discussions Discussion My Plastic Free Life
Maggie OUSA, Oct. 19, 2013

Hi everyone I found this article with tips to use less plastic. It is full of many simple things you can do which can really lower your overall use of plastic. Here are some examples: Don’t use plastic straws even at restaurants. You can purchase a stainless steel or glass one! Another one is, make your own cleaning products that will be less toxic and eliminate the need for multiple plastic bottles of cleaner. And finally give up gum! It’s made of synthetic rubber which is plastic.

http://www.greeneducationfoundation.org/nationalgreenweeksub/waste-reduction-tips/tips-to-use-less-plastic.html
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Discussions Discussion Environmental responsibility at home
Katrine K-Califorina, Oct. 17, 2013

I’m from California and we use plenty of water here. Last year, my teacher had us all do something good for the environment for an assignment. Most of the kids planted trees, but one girl didn’t keep the water on when brushing her teeth for a month and it made a huge impact on her water usage! If everyone did something small for just a little bit of time like take 2 minute shorter showers we could make a HUGE impact on our environment.

Katrine K-Califorina
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  • Giulia O. Italy Giulia O. Italy Oct. 25, 2013
    Hi Kathrine, I’m Giulia from Italy. My grandparents use wood to get hot water.
    I have a shower every evening, it takes me about 10 minutes.
    When I brush my teeth I use water only when I need it. When there was Mussolini in Italy in the 40s, my mother planted trees, but we don’t do that. I agree with you, if all people had a shower for 2 minutes we would have a low impact on the environment.
  • Ana M-Slovenia Ana M-Slovenia Feb. 12, 2014
    i think you're completely right, even small changes can make a huge difference on the environment.

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Discussions Discussion Deforestation SOS
Earl A-USA, Oct. 17, 2013

For this discussion, I shall be tracing the effects of deforestation. First of all, deforestation will, as the term expresses, shall lead to less trees and therefore less CO2 depletion in the atmosphere.

This slight decrease in CO2 depletion leads to more greenhouse gases in the air, which could lead to warmer temperatures. Those warm temperatures can cause certain species on land, who are used to the temperature in the past, to start depleting in population. The ecosystems that have these organisms will have their food chains tweaked to the point of possible species extinction from extinction or scarcity of food source, which could lead to overpopulation of another species which competed against the previously alive species for other resources that are separate from the possibly extinct food source of the now dead species. This dominant species could completely destroy their ecosystem by consuming resources faster than they previously did so due to competition from the now dead species. This could lead to the destruction of the resource in that area and, eventually, the destruction if the whole ecosystem.

Another consequence of CO2 levels being risen is the increase in acidic rain. H2O(water) could interact with CO2(carbon dioxide) and create carbonic acid(acid rain). This acid rain could increase acidity in the soil in which it lands on. Some consequences for this can be seen in the link: (http://soilwater.com.au/bettersoils/module2/2_3.htm.) If the plants in the area where to die because of the acidity, there would be a smaller amount of CO2 consumers AND a decrease in the overall food supply of that ecosystem. Consequences of that are shown in the previous paragraph. Also, if that was the primary food source of the entire ecosystem, then the ecosystem would die in an even simpler way, by lack of food.

Lastly, a consequence of the root of all these problems, deforestation, is what it is going to be used for. If it is used for firewood, firewood converts O2 and some of its carbon atoms into CO2. If it is used for building, it will eventually catch molds that will decompose it into methane and other greenhouse gases. So, in deforestation, both its absence and use create CO2 and/or other greenhouse gases. This is not good, and I would like to say that I am an advocate for the reduction and/or the destruction of deforestation.

http://Link:http://soilwater.com.au/bettersoils/module2/2_3.htm.
Earl A-USA
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