Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
We have all done our part to contribute to global warming. The good news is that scientists have predicted that if each one of us reduced our annual carbon footprint by just 2% each year, we could minimize the worst effects of global warming by the year 2050.
Your carbon footprint is calculated by adding up the total amount of energy (and, therefore, carbon or green house gas emissions) that you use each year to live, work and travel. When it comes to global warming, even the smallest amount of change makes a difference. For example, your carbon footprint will be higher if you generate excessive utility bills, drive a gas-guzzling SUV, or travel frequently on planes. It will be lower if you live a more conscious, “green” lifestyle, e.g., minimizing your energy usage by living in a house powered by renewable energy (e.g., wind, sun or bio-thermal), drive a hybrid or low-mpg car or walk, bike or take public transportation whenever possible.
There is no place “Away” When you throw something “away” do you ever wonder where it goes? Unless its naturally biodegradable, it’s typically carted off to live out the rest of its life in one of our nation’s 3,000+ active landfills (and 10,000 retired municipal landfills), which emit millions of tons of carbon and methane gases each year and contribute to global warming. Instead of tossing your trash, next time, be part of the solution and not the problem: Rethink where that product will end its life and how it might be reusable. Here’s how:
Recycle: Learn what items are being recycled in your local neighborhood. Each week, be sure to recycle all clean paper (including newspapers and magazines), plastic and glass with a recycle symbol, and cardboard.
Reuse: Instead of going out and buying something new, think about purchasing a product made from recycled materials, like recycled glass, paper or plastic.
Reduce: Consume less--by consciously buying only what you need, you will consume fewer resources and won’t need to throw as much “away”.
Food Recycling/Composting. It’s easy to recycle food scraps. Throw all organic food into a backyard or kitchen compost bin and use the nutrients to fertilize your garden.
Electronic Recycling. You can recycle all computers, televisions, radios, cell phones and other electronic equipment. Many big electronics retailers will even accept recycling for free on-site.