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Five Little Things You Can Do To Save The World


By Alex Purcell

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As Earth Day approaches, we’re left with the constant reminder that our planet could be doing a whole lot better.

 

We’ve read about climate change and pollution in newspapers, books and magazines, so it’s difficult to ignore that itching fear in the back of our heads that our planet is dying. It’s common to feel a sense of helplessness when it comes to thinking about eco-friendly behavior because we think there’s only so much one person can do.

 

However, one person can do so much for the planet by doing so little.

 

To celebrate Earth Day, let’s keep these few things in mind as we go about our daily lives. What starts here supposedly changes the world, so let’s prove it.

 

Recycle

 

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This is such an easy one, guys. There are compost and recycle bins all across campus, most labeled with the kinds of items you can toss in there. Go that extra step to toss your waste in the correct bin. If you’re feeling extra generous, keep a recycle bin in your apartment or manage a compost system. Keeping trash off the ground makes our campus clean and healthy.

 

Reduce water use

 

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Humans waste A LOT of water on a daily basis. By making small changes to the amount of water you use, you can make a huge impact. Take shorter showers, use a reusable water bottle and don’t let the water run when brushing your teeth.

 

We all know that long, relaxing bubble baths are nice — but do them in moderation.

 

Turn it off

 

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Turning off your electronics before you go to sleep reduces the power you use every day. If you make sure to turn off the lights and unplug any technology before you leave a room, you’ll be saving money and energy. Another thing to do is set a timer to turn off your cooling/heating system when you aren’t home.

 

Consider public transportation

 

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To minimize the emissions we’re putting into the atmosphere, consider riding a bike or taking the bus. Not only will it help the environment, but you’ll also be supporting the current deficit of bus riders in Austin. If your destination is close enough, you might even consider walking. Stress-eating is a bit more acceptable if you walk a mile or two every day.

 

Be aware

 

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The most important thing in keeping our planet clean is just being conscious of our actions. Think twice before you throw the trash on the ground. Consider those cute plants that are being sold on the side of the street. Take the extra five minute drive to go to a local market, instead of a franchise.

 

It doesn’t take a lot of effort to be more giving to our planet. It gave us Zilker, Barton Springs and the beautiful quad on campus. The least we can do is throw our Wendy’s trash in the right bin.