Discovering How To Care For the Earth

Around the beginning of the semester, my environmental science class participated in

an activity where we each discover our own “Ecological Footprint.” An Ecological Footprint

is an amount of how much of a toll a human’s demands take a toll on the Earth’s ecosystem. It

also measure how many Earth’s it takes to support the lifestyle of human’s ecological

footprint. The assignment was to participate in an activity where it would provide an estimate

of each of our ecological footprint and provided the amount of productive areas in which our

human demands take away from. You can test out your ecological footprint here: http://www.footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/page/calculators/

 

When I first participated in this activity, the amount of land it took to provide for my

demands was twenty three and six-tenths acres of land. The majority of the necessary land to

meet my demands is land that is used to make energy. The majority of my ecological footprint

consisted of food needs, and services. If everyone on Earth wanted to live the lifestyle that I

did, there would need to be five and a third Earth’s to provide for all the necessary resources.

I was ashamed of how much I was taking from Mother Earth every day. To change my

habits, I decided to try to cut down my ecological footprint and change some of my habits and

decisions that I have been making. Since most of my ecological footprint consisted of food

needs and services, I looked for ways to cut back on what I do in life and decided that I wanted

to make the smarter decisions that will help the environment.

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Environmentally Consciosus

This world today is seemingly getting crazier and more hectic by the day. A lot of it for bad reasons, some of it for good. Due to the hype around politics and a lot of news unfurling day in and day out, people seem to be waking up and starting to think about the world as being bigger than just their life. One of the topics that has thankfully come up has been what to do about these looming environmental disasters. Both natural and human caused. One of the main conversations has been though, what do we do about these large corporations using oil, mining coal, and being dirty about their waste. Thankfully, preparations and proposals are being put forth by the common people to try and come together for a solution to make this planet a little more prepared for what the future holds.

A more environmentally conscious mass of people are learning about what to do to help clean this environment. Part of what we are practicing everyday is the public shaming of anyone who is affecting the environment. This goes for people who litter, or even simply using an excessive amount of resources unnecessarily, such as water in California.

With people starting to think about a cleaner world, they are also considering figuring out what they can do to ensure that they are staying clean too. People care more about healthy lifestyles, and knowing how to have that is becoming more and more common knowledge. At a recent lunch I had with my brother-in-law, he was telling me about the uptick in activity in his pool business, poolserviceswalnutcreek.com. After talking with many people, thanks to the internet, they are learning about just all of the stuff that can get into their pool without them knowing and making them sick. Nowadays, people can not afford to get sick.With everyone worrying about their own health, nobody wants to be around a sick person, and nobody wants to become one. So if you become sick, or your child does, you could be missing out on income, which is something people today can not handle, understandably so.

 

cleaning house

 

Having a clean home, cleaning working environment, and an overall clean and healthy lifestyle can take a lot of work. But, as we continue to progress with this technological age that we are currently locked in, things should get easier, and we should be able to be a healthier and longer lasting species. With the right minds coming together to create inventions and projects that will progress humanity, naturally people are going to become smarter. The internet has allowed us all to pick up a vast amount of knowledge that covers many subjects, and everyone is starting to learn about different ideas than just the ones that are taught in school. People are learning to understand what role this planet plays for us, and people like me are wanting to learn how we can repay it. The major way to start with, is to stay away from the things that destroy it.

Something that is very hard in this world, is to knowingly avoid using products that damage the environment, and one of the biggest and hardest to change are all of these oil powered engines that we love. Electric cars are certainly making gas powered cars have a run for their money, but it will not be mainstream for the meantime. To combat this, try to carpool with someone else when at all possible, and if you are going out, try to use public transportation and plan around that. That way you save money, do not lose too much time, and are helping the environment.electric cars

Another way to help reduce what kind of role you are having that is affecting the environment is to minimize your use of electricity. Simply doing things as turning the lights off when you leave a room can certainly have a huge ripple effect on how much coal is being burned to produce electricity.

Finally, the last piece of advice, and the hardest to change is to start learning about the companies who create your food and water, and who bring it to you. Learn what is being put into all the food you are eating, and how it was made, or grown. A lot of these big companies have so much power that they are putting the cheapest products they can find and changing the natural chemicals that these foods have. This is certainly ruining the way all of us interact, and it definitely is taking a step against a beautiful planet. These big farms are ruining the forests and landscapes that we had, and using them to create fuel or cheap food.

deforestation

Jump on the bandwagon and start to talk about what is going on in the environment and how we can all change our attitudes and start to change what we can.

Hurricane Season

Hurricane is inevitable.  Every year thousands of people are affected by the terrible effects of the aftermath of hurricanes.  If you live in the south, especially Florida you will experience more than one hurricane.  All my friends from Florida claim hurricanes to be the worst and best natural disaster taking storm.  A lot of my friends say it’s “fun” when there’s hurricanes because they just throw hurricane parties.  According to them hurricane parties are the shit.  Every year hurricanes come through Florida and take over the city.  Internet, lighting, and power is knocked out resulting in weeks of repair.  Essentially when hurricanes are going on there’s a lot of dead time for kids so they throw parties.
Maybe it’s the same for kids in Minnesota when snow storms take over cities.  When the power goes out for people it takes days possibly even weeks to fix the damage of the storm.  In that timeframe a lot of people take work off because it’s unsafe to drive on the roads.  Going to the beach is a joke as it can kill you, so the only place to stay safe is your house or apartment.  It is said,apartment buildings pose as the safest place to stay for protecting yourself against storms, and especially hurricanes.

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