I am not an expert in deforestation and from my small town we have plenty of trees, but I have noticed that to expand our town we are having to destroy forests to get soccer fields or anything else we need. When I think of deforestation I think of a funny cartoon that has a bulldozer ripping through a forest. I know there is a need for change in my hometown. In my school alone we have an award for most printer paper used. There should be no award, but the person who does use the most paper does get a tree that they can plant. While this is a comical idea of a tree for paper it is not enough; trees take many years to become actual trees. This is where we go wrong we think okay we can just plant a tree, but that will not change the fact that we just destroyed more than we planted.
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For me, I would not be able to give up my soft drinks and all the plastic that I waste when I use them. I do recycle, but I that if I did not buy the soft drinks then I there would be no need to recycle them. I also would not be able to give up driving my car. I know I could ride my bike to places, but to ride my bike into town or even to my school would take 30 minutes to an hour. There would also be a problem of getting to my father’s house every other weekend when he lives in another state (sc to nc). It may not seem like a long drive, but if I were to walk or ride to my dad’s house it would be all day and I would not be able to carry any of my things to his house. These are some of the things that I would not be able to give up.
“if everyone does a little, no one has to do a lot”. This statement is very true in this case. Everyone can do the little things to be environmentally friendly such as turning the water off while brushing your teeth or turning lights off when you leave a room. One person doesn’t need to pick up trash for hours a day, but everyone can pick up a piece of trash when they walk by one.
I love doing crafts and they are a great way to recycle old things. You can remake old clothes and cloth into new things by sewing. I have made several skirts out of old clothes and last Christmas I made little bags for friends out of old fabric samples. Recently I saw a tutorial on how to cut the top off of glass bottles so that you could make them into drinking glasses. I think this is a great idea because you’re repurposing old bottles and you get really cool drinking glasses at the same time.
I think that plastic can be a good and a bad thing. On the upside plastic is cheap and easy to make. It can be made to be durable and last a long time. On the down side plastic lasts forever in landfills. People are careless and throw away plastic that they could have recycled causing our landfills to be filled with reusable items. It is also commonly used for packaging, which is often large and excessive. A way to use less plastic materials is to use a refillable water bottle instead of using plastic water bottles. Using cloth bags, instead of paper or plastic, for your items when you go shopping is another way to conserve plastic.
I eat a lot of organic foods, I pay particular attention to eating organic meats, eggs, and milk products generally because I think it is safer and healthier. The fact that these choices reduce my overall carbon footprint is a great side effect for me! However, I read an interesting article about organic animal feed (particularly soy products) having to be imported to the United States from other countries, and a large portion of these came from places as far as China or India. If you are eating organic foods for the purpose of making more environmentally friendly decisions, this is a very concerning thought. I am unsure of how to handle this problem and am open to any suggestions!
I am from South Carolina and my carbon footprint is lower than the average in my country. If I made some changes in my everyday life I think that I could lower my carbon footprint considerably. One thing that I could do is carpool more often and with more people. If I’m going somewhere with people we could try to fit everyone in to one car instead of two. Another thing that I could do is start composting. It would be a simple thing to start and my food scraps would go to better use. With the soil from the composting I could start a garden and grow some of my own vegetables. Bringing my own refillable cup to casual restaurants is another thing that I could do. Bringing your own cup can save many refillable cups over time.
I believe that in many ways the environment in which a human lives in does play a significant role in his or her health. People who live in less fortunate areas of the world do no have the resources that someone who lives in a urban community. Being less fortunate means you will have to find cheap easy ways to stay healthy. However living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t come cheap and not everyone has the money to follow the life of living healthy. Another fact is all the temptations that a person in the city might have rather than a person in a rural community. There aren’t McDonalds around every corner in Rural communities so they do not have to fight the temptation and urge.
If i had my own house i would do a lot to make sure that it is a lot more energy efficient. I would start off by having solar panels installed on my roof and i would use the sunlight as my source of energy and i would have a generator just in case. I would use energy efficient light bulbs all over my house and that would also lower it. and i would live in a urban place on the outskirts of a city but definitely not in the country. I hate the country. And i would probably get my food from the same places but i would just go to the farmers market more often.
To be honest I do not know if there are better ways but i do know that there are a variety of other options rather than throwing things away or tossing things into a recycling bin. A water bottle for example can be used over and over again and that saves so much waste. America uses enough water bottle to wrap around the earth multiple times. Even though there are recycling plants all over stuff will eventually back up so reusing water bottles will greatly decrease the world’s carbon footprint.