Going Green<br />Emily Carlson<br />First Year Experience<br />
What is Going Green?<br />- Making choices that reduce, or even reverse the negative impact of your actions on the earth.<br />- Being Conscious of our relationship to the planet.<br />-When an indiviual "goes green" their thoughts become more consistent with supporting the planet and conserving its resources.<br />
Why go green?<br />- Population increase.<br />- Protecting Water Purity.<br />- Global Warming.<br />- Waste Management.<br />-Depletion of Rainforests.<br />
Population<br /><ul><li>It is estimated that there will be over 9 billion people on earth by the year 2050.
To accomodate all of these people, there will need to be more natural resources.
It is important to start conserving natural resources now so they will be available in the future. </li></li></ul><li>Protecting Water Purity<br /><ul><li>Ground water can become polluted by waste in landfills.
These pollutants contain chemicals that can be toxic.</li></li></ul><li>Global Warming<br /><ul><li>Many of the chemicals found in fuels are are causing the climate to change.
One and a half acres of rainforest is lost every second.
This is endangering massive amounts of wildlife and indigenous tribes.</li></li></ul><li>"Greenwashing"<br />
Greenwashing<br /><ul><li>Green washing is an unjustifiable claim that a company is environmentally friendly.
This is often used as an advertisement or sales ploy.
Motive is to increase sales and create a pro-environmet image or reputation.
Some culprits of greenwashing are GE, Exxon, Purdue, Fiji Water,and MANY more.</li></li></ul><li>How Can You Go Green?<br />Recycle.<br />Cut Back On Energy Use.<br />Reduce Waste.<br />Buy More Natural and Organic Products.<br />Reuse Objects, rather than Throwing them away.<br />Reinvent Your old things and turn them into something new.<br />
Baby Steps...<br />It may seem drastic, but there are tons of little ways to start living a greener lifestyle..<br /><ul><li>turn off lights when leaving a room.
reduce, reuse, recycle.</li></li></ul><li>Going green is an important new movement for everyone to participate in, because it an easy way to conserve resources and to protect the earth for future generations.<br />
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