||[Sep. 20th, 2005|05:38 pm]
Cleaner Canada - One Tonne Challenge
I juz joined. I am really interested in the environment.
So, a little about me...
My name is Ellen. I am currently fourteen (Turning fifteen this December.). I live in Manitoba, Canada.
I love animals and nature.
I don't know what else to say. So ff you want to know more about me, feel free to ask. ^^
I found this in a magazine.
Pass it on.
Written by Tara Scher
Small everyday effors like turning off the tv when you're not watching it or recycling pop cansmay not refill our natural energy resources, but taking these positive actions will help preserve the environment for out future and for future generations to come. It's up to all of us to do our parts in respecting the Earth. And your role can begin at home, school, wor, outdoors, wherever! Here are 30 suggestions to start with:
1. Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, shampooing, shaving, and handwashing dishes. Partially filling your sink when dishwashing reduces about 60 percent of the water you'd use if you left the tap running.
2. One word: Tupperware. Avoid packing your chicken sandwich for tomorrow's lunch in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Try out reusable plastic containers, which can be washed at the end of each day.
3. Ask your parents to use energy-efficient products like cordless phones with Energy Star logo or compact florescent light bulbs. Check out Energy Star at www.energystar.gov for some bright ideas.
4. Flush less often, or if you can't stomach the idea, ask your parents to install a dualflush toilet. The UN Statistics Division explains that dual flushing syster can release either 4.5 or nine litres of water. So when talking a "number one," you can save water by using half the flush.
5. Try out environmentally-friendly cleaning products or learn to make your own. Greenspace has some great natural ideas using cornstarch, vinegar and eucalyptus oil. Check out www.greenspace.ca/e/resource/green/ingredients.php for ideas.
6. Have some fun learning to compost organic food scraps, egg shells, cut-grass, and much more in a backyard compost - either homemade or store-bought. According to Greenspace, a typical Canadian household produces two-thirds of a ton of waste each year that could be composted.
7. Pull weeds instead of using harmfull pesicides or herbicides. It's great exercise to get out in the garden. Environment Canada suggests planting marigold, chives and garlic, as their natural smells repel some insects.
8. Plant short, dense shrubs close to your home's foundation for additional home insulation. Smart idea, eh? Your parents will LOVE you for this one!
9. Leave no footprints, especially when camping. Make sure you carry out everything that you brought into the woods. And using existing trails won't disturb the natural habitat. Check out Parks Canada at http://www2.parkscanada.gc.ca/index_e.asp for some great camping ideas.
10. Boat wisely or consider non-motorized boating. Canoeing, kayaking and winsurfing are fun sports that don't pollute the water.
In The Car:
11. Avoid driving if you have the option (and the ability) to walk, bike or take public transit. or organize a carpool for you and your pals.
12. Tune up your car. Environment Canada reveals that a poorly maintained vechicle uses up to 50% more fuel and produces 50% more GHG emissions than a vehicle that's serviced on a regular basis.
13. Resist the urge to be a roadside litterbug. We've all been tempted at some point to toss waste out of our cars. But you know, it doesn't hurt to save your trash until you can dispose of it properly.
14. Drive smart. Braking hard and accelerating fast burns more gas, produces more emisions and barely reduces your travel time.
15. Limit idleing. If you're waiting to pick up your friend before going out a night in the town, turn off your engine and chill inside if she's getting ready.
16. Make use of scrap paper and "paper backs," and make sure you print on both sides of the paper.
17. How about brining your own to-go coffee mug or water bottle everyday instead of throwing one(or more) away daily?
18. Start an environmental club if one doesn't already exist at your school. Be in charge of making sure that your school is environmentally friendly. Hold fundraisers to bring others in the know.
19. Explore future career options and interships in environmental positions. Go to http://www.ec.gc.ca/youth/jobs_e.html for a list of environmental job sites and related links.
20. Create wildlife habitats at school, like birdfeeders and ponds. Then sit back and learn about nwe species that grow and feed off these projects.
21. You can reuse bags or bring knapsacks when shopping for food or clothing.
22. Avoid Styrofoam and plastic packaging because these materials don't break down in the atmosphere. Why not mail the styrofoam back to the manufacturer in the original box and ask the company to consider new methods of packaging?
23. Don't buy disposable products, or at least otp for recyclable materials and paper products from environmentally conscious companies.
24. Consider buying local produce that's preferably organic. Less energy is used to transport the produce, and organic food is grown naturally, without pesticides, in environments you're familliar with.
25. Rethink buying products made from endangered species, such as coral necklaces or lizard skin purses. You migght consider leaning towards products made from sustainably produced wood and hemp products.
26. Join an environmental organization like the Environmental Youth Alliance (www.eya.ca), Check Your Head (http://www.checkyourhead.org) or David Suzuki Foundation (http://www.davidsuzuki.org).
27. Be outspoken about the use of enviornmentally friendly makeup and styling products. Check out companies like The Body Shop (http://www.thebodyshop.ca) to learn about their profits for princibles mission.
28. Write letters to members of the government about environmental isuues that are important to you.
29. Donate things you no longer want like old clothing, toys, books, etc. You can usually find used clothing drop boxes in shopping centre parking lots and community centres.
30. Lead by example and encourage family, friends and neighbours to do thier part. Plant trees, organize community litter hunts and recycle everything you can!