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(May 01, 2008 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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In the spirit of our recent Earth Day, I’ve collected some of my favorite ways to make a positive impact on the environment. You might think you’re too young to make a difference, or that one person doesn’t really matter, but you are flat out wrong. The world is made up of single people. If all those single people just do one tiny thing, it adds up very quickly indeed. Here are ten ways to save the world, one little person at a time.

1. Throw out aerosols. Got aerosol hairspray or tanner? The aerosol in that can is harming the ozone. So chunk it (or better, recycle it) and get one with a pump spray instead.

2. Change a light bulb. Grab one of those new funny looking light bulbs and save tons on energy. That means less money in bills for your parents and less fossil fuels used to create the energy in the first place.

3. Walk to school. Instead of taking the bus, take a walk or bike to school in the morning. By not taking part in a diesel-driven ride, you’ll be showing your support to the environment. Plus the exercise won’t hurt you either.

4. Carpool. Instead of you and your best friend arriving at cheer practice separately, ask your mom to swing over and grab your friend. That way only one car is out there polluting instead of two.

5. Pick up trash. Instead of watching trash blow by you in the parking lot, take a minute to pick it up. Grab a few more pieces as you walk and throw them away. Not only will you be picking up pollution, you’ll also be encouraging those around you to do the same.

6. Put a water bottle in your toilet. You don’t really need that much water to flush your toilet. So if you fill a small water bottle with gravel or rocks and place it inside the tank with the help of a parent, your toilet won’t fill with as much water and you’ll be able to save a bit every time you flush.

7. Check for leaks. Dripping faucets or running toilets waste obscene amounts of water. Check your house for anything that’s leaking and alert your parents to the problem. If they seem uninterested, start nagging them to fix it. After all, they nag you to finish your vegetables. It’s only fair that you can nag them to finish a household project that can help save the earth.

8. Take a bath. A bath uses less water than most showers. Fill the tub about three inches high and then take care of cleaning while soaking a bit. Letting the shower run while you shave your legs and let your conditioner sit is water running down the drain – literally.

9. Plant something. Next time you see plants or seeds on sale, buy one and plant it. Ask for a tree for your birthday, and then help your parents plant it in the back yard. Not only will it always be your tree, it will also be there for future generations to enjoy.

10. Recycle. Almost everything we use today can be recycled. See if your city offers recycling pick-up and then arrange a bin. If not, set aside some bins for recycling and take those bins and collected items to a recycling center with your parent’s help every week or month.


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Lingushi

19/Female
Canton, NC
Posted On: May 26, 2008
Hmm... We do a lot of the things mentioned here. Take shorter showers, put the bottle in our toilet tank, even make compost for our garden!

Good tips.
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catLover4life

20/Female
Posted On: May 17, 2008
HELLO? There are other things to worry about than just the stupid ozone layer? What about cancer or homeless shelters? I mean, come on! There are abused animals too! AEROSOLS ARE NOT THE ONLY THING WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT PEOPLE!!!!
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ilovezelda

23/Female
Lake Elsinore, CA
Posted On: May 10, 2008
(Ran out of room) And canitellusmthing, I don't believe in fairy tales. I may write fiction, and my mind may dream of things, but isn't that the same as all of us? The only fairy tale is evolution. Awesome atricle, this little conversation has gone on long enough, so I wish you all a good day(or night) and this stuff is actually helpfull, take on a little responsibility, eh?
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ilovezelda

23/Female
Lake Elsinore, CA
Posted On: May 10, 2008
This is getting more off topic by the minute and I started it, but I have to speak my mind. In a way we and God are both taking care of the earth, the only way we are dieing is because of what our ancestors have done. We polluted the earth by killing each other, not animals. God said we could eat the animals, so killing them is fine with me if it's HUMANE. We cursed the earth with human blood. Now I will not sit here and thump a bible on your head, but I believe it. And I also would like to say that, sevens days isn't that long for the earth to take care of itself, is it? Now there may be all kinds of proof pointing to evolution, but there is also proof pointing to God. But some, no offense to them, idiotic people couldn't believe that, WHY? Because they're like the pharoah, they sealed they're hearts. Now, I do believe we shouldn't continue this here, if you want DM, we can have a very logical and mature discussion,THEN.
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never_more

21/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: May 8, 2008
whoa---global warming-->god? waaay off topic people.

and no, the world can and WILL take care of itself afterwe are gone. It did before dinosaurs, and before primaes, and before us. If people just disappeared right now, withing a year trees would be growing in the midle of parks. Wood houses will have been burned down by natural wildfires or become a breeding ground for climbing vines and plants. Animal populations would be tripled. The only places recieving electricty are those powered by the hoover dam. The world won't even be recognizable after a hundred years.
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yoshie

20/Female
San Jose, CA
Posted On: May 8, 2008
i totally agree ilovezelda i hate when they tell us the earth is gonna end and try and teach us how earth started and asteriods hit it! i dont believe in any of that cr*ap! last yr in science our teacher told us a thing that was in the newspaper that said evolution explains how but god explains why!
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yoshie

20/Female
San Jose, CA
Posted On: May 8, 2008
i really cant do 3 or 4 my school is too far for me too walk(its the closest middle school to my house) and both my parents work 8 to 5 and 9 to 6 jobs so i really cant carpool or do extrzcurricular activities! but i hate it when ppl assume your mom can just come and do whatever ppl dont realize some kids have parents who BOTH have jobs!!
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ilovezelda

23/Female
Lake Elsinore, CA
Posted On: May 8, 2008
No we won't die. Well...we will. But that's right before the earth dies. After God takes us back. Global warming IS a hoax. And by the way, if we die earth die's doesn't it? No one can take care of it, it dies. Plain and simple. I'm sorry I didn't make myself clear, one little glitch on my account. I don't believe in global warming. Mostly because I believe God and some christian based scientists. Hoax.
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The_Aquanator

20/Female
Japan
Posted On: May 6, 2008
"Put a Water Bottle in the Toilet"

Wow, I thought, like, something around plug up the toilet when I first read that. Then, I thought to myself, 'I'd never be able to do anything for the rest of my life if I did that...."

Great article though!

XOXO

~Aqua
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whiteskyewarri

20/Female
Canada
Posted On: May 6, 2008
good tips. nice article.
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dudettel

26/Female
Bakersfield, CA
Posted On: May 6, 2008
ilovezelda,

Global warming isn't about the earth dying. It is about the earth becoming an environment that humans cannot live on.

The earth wont die. We will. This is about the world, as you know it, ending, because human life could not be sustained.
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chocolate_gurl

17/Female
Mead, NE
Posted On: May 6, 2008
those are some good tips, thanks
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Fluffysocks

22/Female
Fredericksburg, VA
Posted On: May 5, 2008
I used to walk to school but I live to far out now I'd literally have to wake up at three in the morning to walk to school. But I did help plant a tree. My little sis brought home a seedling for earth day. My mom was afraid the squirrels would attack it (If you think squirrels are sweet and cute move to VA and then you'll know what they're really about.) Anyways the tree is currently in a pot on our porch... We really don't know where to put it but it's doing pretty good and if it doesn't die I'm sure we'll transplant it to the backyard.
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ilovezelda

23/Female
Lake Elsinore, CA
Posted On: May 5, 2008
And suddenly, Global. Still need spellcheck.....
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ilovezelda

23/Female
Lake Elsinore, CA
Posted On: May 5, 2008
Andsuddenly, all goes off topic. Anyhoo, glodal warming, just have to point this out, is a serious hoax. Really, we have more of a chance that terrorists will kill everything on the planet then eat knifes to killl themselves.

The only reason I believe that the world will shrivel up and die, is cause God is gonna do that and make a new world. You may fight with me if ya want but I DONT CARE. I believe what I believe.

By the way, my mom switched to energy savers because we kids sorta kinda forget about lights. And I understand about the why throw away perfectly good lightbulbs, but all lightbulbs burn out at SOME point, don't they?
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