With Earth Week come and gone, a lot of people will go back to their daily routines, not thinking about how their actions will affect the Earth.
You don’t have to live in a tree to be an environmentalist. There are some common sense, easy things you can do to ensure you do your part for the planet.
1. We will start with something easy: recycling. If you must drink soda or water from disposable containers, at least make the effort to recycle those containers. Plastic thrown in the garbage – if it even makes it to a landfill – will take hundreds of years to break down.
2. Use a refillable water bottle. It takes a little bit of investment, with personal satisfaction as a return. The bottled water companies are laughing all the way to the bank at our naivety and our fear of tap water.
3. Bring a reusable shopping bag to the grocery store. Those plastic ones break anyway, and they will just sit under your sink forever, creating clutter and taking up space.
4. Ride your bike when you can. I know, in Fargo we don’t have the most convenient public transportation, and we are an extremely widespread city. Parking is tough, especially downtown. Ride your bike, avoid the headache and swearing that comes along with downtown driving and get some fresh air and exercise while you’re at it.
5. Stop using plastic forks, spoons and knives. I know they’re convenient, but so is keeping a set of cutlery in your bag. Just wash and have it handy for next time.
6. Bring your own coffee mug. The coffee shops on campus give a discount if you bring your own mug. You’re saving money and the environment.
Of course there are a million other things you can do to help, but these are easy to do with minimal effort. If you want to do more, do some research on what other changes you can make in your own life to help the planet. It’s a decision you won’t regret.