1) Ask mom for green school supplies. Going back to school and going green can go hand in hand! Kids can get green school supplies that will make a difference at prices that will make mom happy. Your green school supplies also provide an opportunity to share your thoughts on the environment with other students and teachers who notice that they are a little different.
2) Walk, carpool, or take the bus to school. Less carbon emissions and less smog comes from less burned fuel. We have to use gasoline to run most of today’s cars – so, let’s use as little of it as we can! When you share a ride with others, it means fewer people have to use gas, and when you walk or bike there is no fuel burned at all…except maybe your breakfast 😉
3) Turn off the water while showering and brushing teeth. Most people let the water run while soaping up or brushing, but that wastes water. Run the water to get your towel and body or toothbrush wet, and then wash or brush with the water off. It saves water AND time because you end up focusing on getting clean and getting out of there!
4) Start an organic garden at school and create compost for it. It’s a large undertaking, but if you can get your science teacher behind you, it’s very likely that your principal will allow you to start an organic garden of some kind and a compost heap to fertilize it. Learn about composting for kids, and get your science teacher to help you learn about gardening.
5) Turn off lights and appliances/electronics when not in use. Kids who aren’t environmentally conscious don’t usually think about turning off lights and appliances because kids in general aren’t cost conscious. That means kids waste stuff. (Don’t worry – your parents did it when they were kids, too.) Kids who reduce, reuse, and recycle know that wastefulness is not good, and one thing they do not waste is energy. Although cleaner energy is becoming more common, no energy should be wasted. When you’re not using lights or appliances/electronics (TV, computer, video games, etc.) TURN THEM OFF! Let mom and dad unplug them from the outlets as they see fit for safety.
6) If parents recycle, allow kids to sort. The family that recycles together stays together! If mom and dad recycle, ask them if you can sort if you already don’t. Sometimes parents don’t realize how much you care. Going green is a lifestyle, so get in on the day-today activities by doing your part.
7) Volunteer with community organizations that plant trees. Trees help us enjoy cleaner air and more beautiful landscapes. Get help finding organizations where you live who plant trees, and then volunteer to help! The Arbor Day Foundation is a good place to start if you need help locating a group in your local area.
8) Hand-wash dishes or only run the dishwasher for full loads. Most people don’t realize it, but dishwashers use considerably more water to wash a load of dishes than the traditional sink method does. A LOT MORE. So, to conserve water, it’s best not to use the dishwasher at all. If you do, use eco-friendly dishwashing detergent and only run the washer when it is completely full. If it’s not full or if you can, choose to wash dishes in the sink instead, of course, with eco-friendly dishwashing liquid.
9) Reduce waste by curbing use of disposables. It’s easy to use throwaway cups, plates, wrappers, and utensils, but it only creates more waste for landfills. Also, disposable paper products like facial and bathroom tissue and paper towels and napkins also end up in the trash. We can save more trees by using less paper products, and we can keep more plastics and Styrofoam out of the landfills by using less throwaway utensils and containers. Also, eating less often at fast-food restaurants cuts down on your usage of these items, too.
When you have to use them, use less. When you don’t have to use them, DON’T.
10) Ease up on the video games. Playing video games on both computers and systems uses a LOT of energy! That’s why your system or computer feels hot afterwards! You can save on energy by simply doing homework or going outside to play instead of posting up in front of the TV or computer screen. This activity uses more electricity than regular TV or computer usage, so it should be kept to a minimum.
A Few More Tips From National Geographicb &
Itb s easy to protect the planet! These tips help save limited resources such as water and energy. So get green and give the tips a try. Make sure to ask your parents before trying any of these tips!
- Choose locally grown food. Transporting food long distances wastes fuel and creates extra CO2.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
- Send an e-card instead of a paper card.
- Say “No bag, thank you.” Whether you’re buying toys, snacks, or clothes, tell the checkout person you don’t need a bag. By carrying your own reusable fabric bag, you’ll help reduce the estimated 100 million plastic bags that each year clog sewers, entangle birds, and get swallowed by whales, sea turtles, and other wildlife.
- Scrape leftovers off the dishes instead of rinsing them.B (Wash the dishes soon after.)
- Take short showers instead of baths. Aim for five minutesb but still get clean!