Looking after the environment is important to the sustainability of our planet and here at Ingleby Manor School we are encouraging our students to celebrate Earth Day by undertaking activities and learning more about how they can help.
Below are a number of ideas of how students and their families can help their immediate and the global environment:
If every household in the U.K. replaced one regular lightbulb with a compact fluorescent bulb, the pollution reduction would be equivalent to removing hundreds of thousands of cars from the road.
TURN OFF COMPUTERS AT NIGHT
By turning off your computer instead of leaving it in sleep mode, you can save energy and money
Recycled glass reduces related air pollution by 20 percent and related water pollution by 50 percent.
HANG DRY AND AVOID THE TUMBLE DRYER WHERE YOU CAN
Get a clothesline or rack to dry your clothes by the air. Your clothes will maintain colour and fit, and you’ll save money.
GO VEGETARIAN ONCE A WEEK
It requires 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef.
One less meat-based meal a week helps the planet and your diet. Try Meat Free Mondays
USE BOTH SIDES OF PAPER
Businesses throw away millions of tons of paper every year. For a quick and easy way to halve this, print on both sides of the paper. And when you’re finished with your documents, don’t forget to take them to the recycling bin.
You can reuse gift bags, bows and even paper, but you can also make something unique by using old maps, cloth or even newspaper. Create your own wrapping paper that’s environmentally-friendly and extra special for the recipient.
RETHINK BOTTLED WATER
Nearly 90% of plastic water bottles are not recycled, instead taking thousands of years to decompose. Buy a reusable container and fill it with tap water, a great choice for the environment, your wallet, and possibly your health.
BRUSH WITHOUT RUNNING
When brushing your teeth, turn off the tap. You’ll conserve up to 23 litres of water per day!
TAKE A SHORTER SHOWER
Every two minutes you save on your shower can conserve more than 45 litres of water.
PLANT A TREE
It’s good for the air, the land, local wildlife and can shade your house and save on cooling. Trees can also improve the value of your property.
Make it meaningful for the whole family and plant a tree every year for each member.
SECOND-HAND DOESN’T MEAN SECOND-BEST
Consider buying items from a second-hand store. Toys, bicycles, roller blades, and other age and size-specific items that are quickly outgrown. Second hand stores often sell these items in excellent condition since they are used for such a short period of time.
Consider the amount of pollution created to get your food from the farm to your table. Whenever possible, buy from local farmers or farmers’ markets, supporting your local economy and reducing the amount of greenhouse gas created when products are flown or imported in.
ADJUST YOUR HEATING
Adjust your thermostat by one degree. Each degree Celsius less will save about 10% on your energy use! In addition, invest in a programmable thermostat which allows you to regulate temperature based on the times you are at home or away.
INVEST IN YOUR OWN COFFEE CUP
If you start every morning with a cup of coffee, invest in a reusable cup, which not only cuts down on waste, but keeps your beverage hot for a much longer time.
TURN OFF LIGHTS
Turn off lights when you leave a room. You’ll save energy and money.
RECYCLE OLD MOBILE PHONES
The average phone lasts around 18 months, which means 130 million phones will be retired each year. If they go into landfills, the phones and their batteries introduce toxic substances into our environment. There are plenty of reputable programs where you can recycle your phone.
MAINTAIN YOUR CAR
Not only are you extending the life of your vehicle, but you are creating less pollution and saving petrol. A properly maintained vehicle, clean air filters, and inflated tires can greatly improve your vehicle’s performance.
RECYCLE ALUMINIUM AND GLASS
Twenty recycled aluminium cans can be made with the energy it takes to manufacture one brand new one.
Every ton of glass recycled saves the equivalent of nine gallons of fuel oil needed to make glass from virgin materials.
Before you throw something away, think about if someone else might need it. Either donate to a charitable organization or post it on a website to pass on.
USE REUSABLE BAGS
Help the environment by using reusable shopping bags. Plastic bags are not biodegradable, and are making their way into our oceans, and subsequently, the food chain. Stronger, reusable bags are an inexpensive and readily available from all shops.
PAY BILLS ONLINE
Using electronic statements instead of paper, will save billions of trees per year and billions of tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
STOP PAPER BANK STATEMENTS
Take advantage of online bank statements, instead of paper, will save billions of trees per year and billions of tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases
USE RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES
Each year 15 billion batteries produced and sold and most of them are disposable alkaline batteries. Only a fraction of those are recycled. Buy a charger and a few sets of rechargeable batteries.
TAKE PART IN A LITTER PICK OR CLEAN UP
Picking up litter in the local community, taking part in river and beach cleanup helps improve the environment and helps the wildlife that live there.
PLANT A GARDEN OR VEGETABLE PATCH
By planting native flowers you are helping local bees and other insects that serve a purpose in the local environment. Locally produced food also reduce the carbon emission from transportation.
BUILD AN ANIMAL HABITAT
Build a bird house, bug hotel, hedgehog den or bat box to help local wildlife
Take time to learn more about the environment and what other things you can do to help . If every person you know could take one small step toward being greener, the collective effort could be phenomenal.
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