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Six Ways You Can Protect the Environment this Earth Day

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Graphic courtesy of Manon Vermer.

On April 22nd, we celebrate International Earth Day. Earth day is not only about posting the tropical beaches and the snowy mountains we went to via social media, but it is also about acknowledging that we are only given one planet. Our generation has to be even more mindful of the pollution we cause because we will face the consequences the longest. Nature is beautiful, so we need to take care of it and make sure we protect it. Here are some easy tips you can keep in mind to help protect the planet. 

Reduce Pollution from Motor Vehicles 

Reducing pollution from cars can be achieved by carpooling with friends. Thankfully, many Lake Forest students are already doing that. The next step you can take is turning off your engine when parked. Mostly, drivers should try to avoid consuming excessive gas by minimizing the amount of time spent on the road. Also, taking a bike is an even better, greener option and a fun activity at the same time.

Reusing 

One can easily reuse by using a water bottle, reusable lunch boxes, or beeswax wraps. In addition, you can use cloth towels (instead of paper towels), sustainable makeup removers, jars, grocery bags and many more. As a society we should avoid using disposable products or objects and invest in things that are more durable.

Thrifting

Thrifting is similar in nature to the idea of reusing, but it is even more fun because you can find cool pieces of clothing while lowering the overall amount of waste being diverted to landfills. Fashion is one of the biggest categories of waste, so we need to reduce excessive consumption and production. 

Make Homemade Products

Homemade waffles produce significantly less waste than purchasing pre-made waffles at the store. Photo courtesy of Manon Vermer.

We should focus on making food at home instead of buying processed, packaged snacks. Not only do they arguably taste better, but they are also better for your health, for the planet, and in the long term it can also be advantageous for your wallet.

Another option could be to buy in bulk – avoiding individually packed products. Some stores offer snacks that you can store in jars and boxes that you bring yourself, and you buy the products by weight.

Garden

My favorite eco-friendly activity is gardening because it has so many benefits. First, it helps to diversify nature and embellish the landscape. Gardening is also a healthy activity because it makes you spend more time outside; it is so gratifying when the harvest is successful and you get delicious products that are so much more nutritious than products bought in stores that are full of pesticides. Products in stores are packaged in so much plastic and have to be transported, both of which are damaging to the environment. Transportation is one of the biggest factors that contributes to climate change. It is crucial to know where your products are from and how they were made. 

Gardening at home provides a way for the consumer to eat fresh fruits and vegetables while producing less waste. Photo courtesy of Manon Vermer.

Consume less water

My grandmother always says that water is blue gold. Water is a valuable natural resource that we should not waste. It takes a lot of energy to clean water and make it drinkable. Wasting water contributes to water scarcity and damages aquatic life and ecosystems. To avoid wasting too much water, try shortening your daily showers. It may sound very difficult to do, but it becomes natural and a habit. The recommended time is between five and ten minutes, but over ten minutes showers are too excessive in terms of water conservation. 

Another way to reduce one’s consumption of water is to turn off the water when washing, and turning it back on when soap needs to be rinsed. Additionally, using soap instead of shower gel in plastic containers helps reduce waste. 

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Manon Vermer
Manon Vermer, Staff Writer
Manon Vermer is a junior at Lake Forest High School. She lived in Belgium before moving here her freshman year. She speaks French, Dutch and English, and she is learning Spanish. She enjoys learning about/discovering new things. She has tried many sports at this high school, and she currently participates in track & field. She also loves going camping in the summer, fashion, spending time with friends, and being part of Lake Forest.
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