What does it mean to be green? “Green” is more than just a color. It also means taking special steps to protect the environment — the water, the land, and the air we breathe. Why green? Plants are green, and without them the Earth wouldn’t be such a lovely home for us human beings.
Every day, people make choices that affect the amount of trash and pollution that gets produced in our world. What can you do? A whole lot, actually. Here’s a four-step guide to being green:
- Reduce the amount of stuff you use and throw away.
- Reuse stuff when you can.
- Recycle cans, bottles, paper, books, and even toys.
- Enjoy the Earth — walk in the woods, plant a tree, and eat some of the delicious food it produces.
When you use less of something, you do a good thing for the Earth. For instance, a shorter shower means you used less water and less fuel since your house uses fuel to run the water heater that warmed up the water.
Here’s a list of other stuff you can reduce:
- Turn off lights you’re not using. Better yet, encourage your parents to switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs. They last longer and use less energy. They do need to be disposed of properly, though, so make sure your mom or dad helps if one breaks.
- Turn off the water when you’re brushing your teeth.
- When you can, walk or ride your bike instead of driving in the car. You’ll use less gas — and get some exercise!
- Unplug the chargers for your phone and MP3 player when you’re not using them.
- Put your computer to “sleep” instead of leaving it on with the screensaver running.