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You don't have to be a scientist to save the environment!

What are YOU doing to save the environment?

This is a question I find myself pondering quite often. What am I doing to help save our beautiful planet? I think everyone needs to take a look at the impact we are having on the planet Earth. After doing some research for the past few months, I found that there are many ways that average people like you and I can make sure our children have the chance to live in and admire the beautiful world we live in.

I personally have made a few changes that don't necessarily affect the quality of my life. Me and my friends carpool much more frequently than we used to or if its nearby we'll walk and enjoy the scenery. Utilizing BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) which is subway-like train system in the Bay Area also helps curb the emissions from our cars. Taking shorter showers, making sure you turn off the water while brushing your teeth, and turning on the sprinklers only 3 times a week makes a huge difference on utility bills! (A leaky faucet can waste >13 liters a day!) Also, switching to energy star appliances and energy-efficient bulbs lends a helping hand. I've noticed how much food waste we throw out and have considered starting a compost heap. We do maintain a vegetable and fruit garden in our backyard which contributes to a portion of the food we eat during the week. Another easy solution is recycling. We take our cans and plastics to a recycling center and receive money in exchange. Coffee grounds are sprinkled over the soil in our gardens for added nutrients.

These small changes can have a large effect in the long run.

For more information on how YOU can make changes to your life and help save the environment visit:

  • http://www.GreenExpander.com/ ; - A blog of sorts that is helping to raise awareness about environmental protection while giving you the facts in videos, posts, and pictures.

  • http://www.thegreenguide.com/ - A website created by National Geographic that works to give you guidelines on how you can live a greener lifestyle. They make buying environmentally friendly products easy with their buying guide!

There are also many institutions around the world that are working to make environmentally friendly buildings feasible and more accessible. Check out this video my brother and his girlfriend made about The California Academy of Science here in San Francisco. Its an amazing museum and just so happens to be the world's most energy efficient one to boot! I would highly recommend it as a tourist location if you ever come to visit.

Big change is like a ripple effect.It will take many small changes that will grow and work together to make a difference. That difference starts with YOU. Get the word out to your friends about EVOKE and other organizations that are fighting to make this world a better place. We are here to speak as the voice for change. I'm waiting to hear yours.

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Comment by Ethan Brockman on March 5, 2010 at 6:50am
Four words, AMEN!
Comment by Brandon Spearman on March 5, 2010 at 6:53am
LOL thanks Ehan! Maybe we can make that an acronym so it really is four words? Action Means Everything Now. Maybe it'll help inspire people to do some change :D.
Comment by Ethan Brockman on March 5, 2010 at 6:58am
LOL, I didn't notice that typo. But as we're on the subject I think All Mankind Ever Needs.
Comment by David Dreshfield on March 5, 2010 at 7:04am
If only we could get more people to think of tips like these, and get them to realize that it doesn't take that much to contribute to sustainability efforts. Thanks for the reminder!
Comment by Brandon Spearman on March 5, 2010 at 7:08am
No problem David! I think companies should add these reminders on their packaging in a way that they will stand out and be noticed. Not the little man throwing away trash that is pushed into a small corner. We're still going to buy their products so why don't they try to help promote a more sustainable lifestyle?
Comment by Ethan Brockman on March 5, 2010 at 7:13am
One word to rule them all:profits. Besides to say something compelling makes you a visionary, to do nothing make you a hypocrite. So for companies to just say please recycle, and to not include recycled materials in their products is hypocritical.
Comment by Brandon Spearman on March 5, 2010 at 7:17am
Yes it is hypocritical but it could also help by keeping the consumer from throwing away that packaging so that it sits in a landfill instead of being re-purposed. As consumers we need to put pressure on corporations do more to save the planet.
Comment by Shaun Estment on March 5, 2010 at 11:25am
i rally like this blog! small changes can make such a difference in our own personal lives, imagine if every household ok the time to do this... alot of problems would be solved
Comment by Dean Shankle on March 6, 2010 at 9:51pm
I gave you a spark power vote because I believe that as people change their small habits it will cause them to look closer at the bigger issues as well, and be more accustomed to acting on their beliefs.
Comment by Marko Kolovrat on March 6, 2010 at 9:56pm
Thats great thanks for sharing :D


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