Climate Change: Small Actions, Big Changes
by Sara B.
Picture this: a world where you have to wear a mask to survive. The air you breathe is too polluted. If you breathe in, it will feel as if you were breathing in smoke. It makes you want to cough. And you can’t get away from it.
There is one big issue that people today are working on: climate change. You have probably heard of it. But we need your help to fix it.
What is Global climate change?
Global climate change basically means increases in our temperature on Earth and weather changes that are very noticeable. Global climate change is caused by pollution. We pollute our environment with factories that produce everyday items such as electronics, and through cars, trucks, buses, other forms of transportation, and being wasteful. The point is, we need to do something!
How can I help?
There are a bunch of ways to help. You could reduce, reuse, and recycle . There are many things that you can reduce, reuse, and recycle like bottles, and paper. Reduce, reuse, and recycle are called the three R’s of the environment.
What can I reduce?
You are just about to throw away your half-eaten sandwich at lunchtime. You think, the world won’t end just because I’m not going to eat the rest of it. You might not think twice about it all. But did you know that about 40% of all the food in the U.S. is wasted ? There is one big thing that you can reduce in your daily life. T-R-A-S-H, including food. Instead of throwing away perfectly good food you don’t eat, you can save it for another time. About 1.3 million tons of food is wasted each year in the US — that’s 20 pounds of food per person per month … wasted! It’s the second biggest source of garbage in landfills and even creates pollution as it breaks down. So, the more trash, the more pollution.
What can I reuse?
You can reuse a shopping bag. Instead of throwing away a plastic or paper shopping bag, why not keep it and use it again? Did you know that a plastic bag can take between 500 – 1000 years to break down? Every plastic bag you get at the store is pretty much forever.
In the same way, backpacks new or old have the same purpose. Backpacks can be donated and reused. The American Birding Association , for example, takes donated backpacks and reuses them while tracking exotic types of birds.
What can I recycle?
There are a lot of odd things that you can recycle. Even chewing gum! An airport in the United Kingdom collects gum in a box called the Gumdrop .
Gum, when recycled, can be turned into tires for cars, and toys for us.
You probably know that you can also recycle all sorts of paper. Hopefully you already do. Used paper can get recycled into new paper. That means less trees being cut down because of paper needs.
You can also recycle game consoles ! Crazy! Recycling game consoles can result in less gases being released into the air. The old game consoles get turned into new ones. Wow!
These are all ways that you can help to stop global climate change. Reducing, reusing, and recycling is really important to do in your community and it is really easy to do. If we all reduce, reuse, and recycle, we can have a better tomorrow for the Earth.
Please comment if you reduced, reused, or recycled. Hopefully all three!
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Sara B. is a 5th grader at Cold Spring Elementary School located in Potomac, Maryland. She is addicted to science especially astronomy and observations of Earth. One day, she hopes to work for NASA and plan missions to other planets. She hopes that you will help keep the Earth safe by reducing, reusing, recycling, and helping out in your community.