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Going Green

  1. 1. Going Green By, Sammy Sitarski
  2. 2. What is “Going Green”? <ul><li>People are becoming aware of the environmental issues the globe is facing. </li></ul><ul><li>In response, people are using less, wasting less, and using earth friendly products. </li></ul><ul><li>It has also become somewhat of a fashion statement in Hollywood, and a trend in auto industries. </li></ul>
  3. 3. How do you “Go Green”? <ul><li>Its easy! </li></ul><ul><li>Use a clothes line, not a dryer </li></ul><ul><li>Have insulation in your home </li></ul><ul><li>Have a solar water heater </li></ul><ul><li>Turn off appliances at the power point </li></ul><ul><li>Chose energy efficient appliances and light bulbs </li></ul><ul><li>walking </li></ul><ul><li>biking </li></ul><ul><li>public transportation </li></ul><ul><li>use a cloth bag when shopping </li></ul><ul><li>use recycled paper </li></ul>
  4. 4. What’s Going On? <ul><li>The Green House Effect </li></ul><ul><li>The Earth is surrounded by windows.  We call these windows the atmosphere, a layer of air many miles up in the sky.  As the sun shines on the Earth, the atmosphere lets the heat reach the ground, then prevents some of it from escaping back into space. </li></ul><ul><li>Without it, the Earth would be as cold and lifeless as the surface of the moon.  The problem is that our atmosphere is changing.  Some of our favorite activities create gases that pollute the atmosphere.  As those gases build up, the atmosphere keeps in too much heat. </li></ul><ul><li>We've been creating all of these gases for a long time.  But now we're producing too much of them and they are making the Earth a little hotter. Here's what could happen if average temperatures on Earth increases just a few degrees: </li></ul><ul><li>Some of the ice around the North Pole and the South Pole would melt. That melted ice would cause the sea levels to rise. People living near sea level could be flooded. Some places would become too hot to live in. Many farmers' crops would no longer grow. </li></ul><ul><li>What can we do? This lies in the going green movement, in reducing the amount of energy we use and the waste we produce we are helping the planet. </li></ul>
  5. 5. What’s Going On? <ul><li>Too Much Trash </li></ul><ul><li>Every year, the typical American family throws out: 2,460 pounds of paper, 540 pounds of metals,480 pounds of glass,480 pounds of food scraps. </li></ul><ul><li>All told, each of us throws away more than 1,200 pounds of trash per year, farm more than people in most other countries.  About 80 percent of that garbage ends up in landfills. </li></ul><ul><li>But trash presents more than a space problem.  Between 5 and 15 percent of what we throw away contains hazardous substances--substances that can seep into the ground and contaminate air, water, and soil, eventually injuring people and other living things. </li></ul><ul><li>A lot of what we throw away can be reused or recycled.  Not everything is recyclable, and some materials are more easily recycled than others.  But recycling makes perfect sense in any case. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Pros  <ul><li>If you have solar panels, a lot less money to pay in the long run </li></ul><ul><li>Cooler in the summers </li></ul><ul><li>Warm in the winters </li></ul><ul><li>Gain more customers by saying your business has gone &quot;green&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>More friendly to the environment </li></ul><ul><li>Write off in tax's </li></ul><ul><li>Will recycle more </li></ul><ul><li>Can save you money at the pump with a car like the Toyota Yaris ($11,000) and 40 mpg highway </li></ul>
  7. 7. Cons  <ul><li>Costs a lot of money </li></ul><ul><li>If a business costs get handed over to costumers </li></ul><ul><li>Not enough research to determine the official energy and money saved in the long run </li></ul>
  8. 8. Wanna Learn More? <ul><li>Here’s how: </li></ul><ul><li>Eco statistics: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/Vines/4990/ggstatistics.html </li></ul><ul><li>2. Further Reading: </li></ul><ul><li>www.aworldofgreen.com </li></ul>

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