While our government disagrees about climate change and its effects on our planet, it is pretty obvious to most that we have a problem worldwide. If we don’t act now, it may become too late to save our planet half a century from now. With surface temperatures rising about 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit since the late 19th century, we are already seeing the effects. If greedy corporations or our government won’t fix it, then it is up to us to try.
There are many things we as students can do to help slow down the effects of climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions that are being added to our atmosphere not only come from manufacturing plants but to how we dispose items. To do this, we should remember the 3 R’s, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Consider the combustion of fuel used to generate electricity at plastic processing facilities that emits greenhouse gases. According to ScienceDaily researchers “have found that several greenhouse gases are emitted as common plastics degrade in the environment. Their study reports the unexpected discovery of the universal production of greenhouse gases methane and ethylene by the most common plastics when exposed to sunlight.”
When we reduce, we keep from buying new products when we don’t necessarily need them, which can keep companies from manufacturing more of these products. Also, if you need to buy something try to buy it from a place that uses packaging. When we reuse, we find a new use for something old. If you have clothes that are out of style or do not fit you anymore, then donate them to a shelter or to charity. These items can be beneficial for those who may be less fortunate and prevents them from ending up in the landfill. Lastly, we should recycle. Bottles, cans, and papers can be recycled and should be. Keep a separate container for each type so they can be easily sorted.
If we each do our part with the 3 R’s, we can help reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that are polluting our atmosphere. Also, when buying products, we should aim to buy products that are made from recycled materials.