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The alarm clock screams in your ear, and you begin your day with a deep breath. You make your way to the bathroom to turn your shower on so that you will have hot water. While waiting, you go into the main room of the house and turn your heat on so that after your shower you will be greeted with warm air in defense from a cold winter. Your finally ready for the day, you have eaten your breakfast, and ran out the door. The engine rumbles in the car and you drive straight to work. This is a normal morning for most Americans, and sadly just this one morning plus the many others, impacts the environment, future generations, wildlife, and our health in a dramatically negative way. Living green, will preserve our planet for future generations, sustain nature and wildlife, keep our bodies healthy, but it can also save you money. Living green encompasses the following; conserving energy, eating smart, saving water, and of course recycling! Having your alarm clock plugged on all night, leaving the heat on, and heating your water, along with many other activities is wasting our energy. We only have a limited source of energy, and it will deplete one day. When it runs out, it will take millions of years to form again. Not only that, but it causes air and water pollution, acid rain, global warming, oil spills, loss of wilderness areas, and risk of international conflict over energy supplies. The primary effect of over using energy is our increased carbon footprint. When you use energy through your home, transportation, and daily life, you generate carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions, therefore causing more pollution and weather changes. Also, overusing energy causes prices of many necessities to rise. One day, these necessities will only be available to the wealthy. There are many things we can do in our daily lives to prolong the run out of energy sources and save our environment. No one is asking you to change your entire way of living, there are a few solutions that can lower your carbon footprint and help you save a lot of money. For example, instead of leaving your appliances plugged in all night, unplug them when they aren't in use. Why have them on? Are you housing a boogieman that uses these things when you're out? You can also set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and higher in the summer. Another great way is to go through your house, and replace all your light bulbs with compact fluorescent lighting. When washing your clothes, wash them in cold water and us a drying rack as often as possible. 85% of the energy used in your household is used to machine wash clothes in hot water. Imagine the environmental impact, and the impact on your wallet! You may not think so, but the foods you eat, not only impacts your health, but the environment as well. Things such as the type of food you eat, the amount, where you purchase it, and how you dispose of it all have a huge impact. According to Table 1. U.S Beef Industry chart on www.ers.usda.gov, the total U.S beef consumption in 2012 was 25.8 billion pounds. (Keep in mind this isn't including other meats such as chicken or the rest of the world.) Raising animals requires more land, as well as resources to care for the animals, such as food and water. Farming cattle has led to substantial destruction of amazon rainforests and prairies. According to Melanie J. Martin, Demand Media in her article, "Can Eating Habits Affect the Environment?" Americans threw 33 million tons of food waste into landfills in 2010. Food waste affects our economy, our carbon footprint, and much more. Once food makes its way to the landfill, it generated methane, which is a greenhouse gas that is 23 times as potent as carbon dioxide. So yes, the leftovers that you threw away from dinner last night is increasing our carbon footprint. The food choices you make, has a huge effect on the environment. The good news is that we can make the slightest changes in what we eat, how much we eat, and where we purchase our foods to make a greener environment. Some things you can do include eating less meats and more veggies. Growing veggies doesn't take nearly as much room as cattle. You can also reduce your food waste by purchasing less and planning your meals ahead of time. One of the best things you can do is to buy local grown foods or organic foods. This helps to reduce the amount of chemicals that travel into the ecosystems and water supply from farming. Last but not least, when you do have waste, use it for composting. The benefits in eating smart are millions. The biggest is the prevention in diseases such as cancer. Not to mention reduced pesticide exposure and antibiotic exposure. Pesticides have been linked to deficiencies in neurodevelopment and are becoming a factor in autism, ADHD, and others. Buying locally grown food can benefit you by simply knowing exactly how your food is grown and where, and is full of flavor. Usually a farmer picks your food within 24 hours of selling it to you. All around, eating smart will make a healthier you, a greener environment, and a safe world for future generations. Along with energy, and food waste, comes water. Water is our most important resource. We cannot live without it. It gives everything on earth life, and we are running out. Even now, there isn't enough water for everyone on the planet. Almost 2 billion people in the world lack basic sanitation facilities. Sandra Postel, author of the 1998 book, Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity predicts huge water availability issues as populations of "water-stressed" countries increase over the next 30 years. She says," It raises tons of issues about water and agriculture, growing enough food, providing for all the material needs that people demand as income increase, and providing drinking water." I don't think anyone needs an explanation of how serious this is for the sustainability of not only human beings, all living things. It seems one day we will run out, but there are things we can do to put this day off long as possible. For example; you can hold off on watering your lawn in times of drought, gather gutter water and feed to garden hoses and sprinklers, shorten shower time, or turn your water off while shaving and washing your hands. Something as simple as using an ice cube you dropped on the floor to water your plants can help. For a great source on learning ways to conserve water, visit, wateruseitwisely.com. They have over 100 tips! Then there is the obvious problem of landfills and the need to recycle and reuse as much as possible. This has to have the largest impact on our environment and our health. 90% of what we throw away could potentially be recovered through reuse, recycle, and compositing. Doctor Mohammad Hakim Sattar, Director of Ministry of Public Health states that, "If we do not properly discard the garbage it can cause many diseases. It not just contaminates the environment but causes air pollution as well. Garbage is classified in two forms: 1) ordinary garbage that is produced by houses and industries, and 2) clinical garbage produced by hospitals and clinics." He also goes on to talk about if clinical waste is not discarded properly it can be the cause of many transferable diseases. Also litter can pose a threat to health and the well being of various animals. Certain types of waste have the potential to leak into our ground and eventually into our water. This can then release greenhouse gasses into our atmosphere contributing to our carbon footprint as discussed earlier. The obvious way to prevent more of this is to reuse, reduce, and recycle. Also by buying and using less. Something as simple as even choosing products with certain packing that you can recycle. You should also refuse the bags at the grocery store, or bring them back and reuse them. Many stores have reusable bags that you can purchase. By reducing your waste and recycling you can help save resources, prevent pollution, support public health, and create jobs. According to Eco-cycle Working to Build Zero Waste Communities article, "By recycling about 30% of our waste every year, Americans save the equivalent of 11.9 billion gallons of gasoline and reduce greenhouse gas equivalent of taking 25 million cars off road." As you can see, the choice of living green can effect every aspect of this Earth from future generations and wildlife to disease and health. All it takes is making small changes everyday. These changes can benefit you as well. Remember, just recycle, conserve water and energy, and eat smart! Resources http://www.worldwatch.org/resources/go_green_save_green http://homeguides.sfgate.com/can-eating-habits-affect-environment-79636.html http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/human-health-benefits-eating-organic-foods-5174.html http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/ http://environment.about.com/od//a/watersupply.htm http://wateruseitwisely.com/tips/category/indoor-tips/page/2/ http://www.ecotechwater.com/Health/Water%20Consevation.html http://www.ecocycle.org/files/pdfs/why_recycle_%20brochure.pdf http://www.af.boell.org/web/113-309.html http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/explore/reduce/reduce_waste.htm http://homeguides.sfgate.com/effects-overusing-energy-78753.html http://www.modernhippiemag.com/2010/02/how-food-waste-affects-our-environment/
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A Persuasive Essay On Ecology

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              The alarm clock screams in your ear, and you begin your day with a deep breath. You make your way to the bathroom to turn your shower on so that you will have hot water. While waiting, you go into the main room of the house and turn your heat on so that after your shower you will be greeted with warm air in defense from a cold winter. Your finally ready for the day, you have eaten your breakfast, and ran out the door. The engine rumbles in the car and you drive straight to work. This is a normal morning for most Americans, and sadly just this one morning plus the many others, impacts the environment, future generations, wildlife, and our health in a dramatically negative way. Living green, will preserve our planet for future generations, sustain nature and wildlife, keep our bodies healthy, but it can also save you money. Living green encompasses the following; conserving energy, eating smart, saving water, and of course recycling!
             
              Having your alarm clock plugged on all night, leaving the heat on, and heating your water, along with many other activities is wasting our energy. We only have a limited source of energy, and it will deplete one day. When it runs out, it will take millions of years to form again. Not only that, but it causes air and water pollution, acid rain, global warming, oil spills, loss of wilderness areas, and risk of international conflict over energy supplies. The primary effect of over using energy is our increased carbon footprint. When you use energy through your home, transportation, and daily life, you generate carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions, therefore causing more pollution and weather changes. Also, overusing energy causes prices of many necessities to rise. One day, these necessities will only be available to the wealthy. There are many things we can do in our daily lives to prolong the run out of energy sources and save our environment.
             
              No one is asking you to change your entire way of living, there are a few solutions that can lower your carbon footprint and help you save a lot of money. For example, instead of leaving your appliances plugged in all night, unplug them when they aren't in use. Why have them on? Are you housing a boogieman that uses these things when you're out? You can also set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and higher in the summer. Another great way is to go through your house, and replace all your light bulbs with compact fluorescent lighting. When washing your clothes, wash them in cold water and us a drying rack as often as possible. 85% of the energy used in your household is used to machine wash clothes in hot water. Imagine the environmental impact, and the impact on your wallet!
             
              You may not think so, but the foods you eat, not only impacts your health, but the environment as well. Things such as the type of food you eat, the amount, where you purchase it, and how you dispose of it all have a huge impact. According to Table 1. U. S Beef Industry chart on www. ers. usda. gov, the total U. S beef consumption in 2012 was 25. 8 billion pounds. (Keep in mind this isn't including other meats such as chicken or the rest of the world. ) Raising animals requires more land, as well as resources to care for the animals, such as food and water. Farming cattle has led to substantial destruction of amazon rainforests and prairies. According to Melanie J. Martin, Demand Media in her article, "Can Eating Habits Affect the Environment? " Americans threw 33 million tons of food waste into landfills in 2010. Food waste affects our economy, our carbon footprint, and much more. Once food makes its way to the landfill, it generated methane, which is a greenhouse gas that is 23 times as potent as carbon dioxide. So yes, the leftovers that you threw away from dinner last night is increasing our carbon footprint.
              The food choices you make, has a huge effect on the environment. The good news is that we can make the slightest changes in what we eat, how much we eat, and where we purchase our foods to make a greener environment. Some things you can do include eating less meats and more veggies. Growing veggies doesn't take nearly as much room as cattle. You can also reduce your food waste by purchasing less and planning your meals ahead of time. One of the best things you can do is to buy local grown foods or organic foods. This helps to reduce the amount of chemicals that travel into the ecosystems and water supply from farming. Last but not least, when you do have waste, use it for composting.
             
              The benefits in eating smart are millions. The biggest is the prevention in diseases such as cancer. Not to mention reduced pesticide exposure and antibiotic exposure. Pesticides have been linked to deficiencies in neurodevelopment and are becoming a factor in autism, ADHD, and others. Buying locally grown food can benefit you by simply knowing exactly how your food is grown and where, and is full of flavor. Usually a farmer picks your food within 24 hours of selling it to you. All around, eating smart will make a healthier you, a greener environment, and a safe world for future generations.
             
              Along with energy, and food waste, comes water. Water is our most important resource. We cannot live without it. It gives everything on earth life, and we are running out. Even now, there isn't enough water for everyone on the planet. Almost 2 billion people in the world lack basic sanitation facilities. Sandra Postel, author of the 1998 book, Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity predicts huge water availability issues as populations of "water-stressed" countries increase over the next 30 years. She says," It raises tons of issues about water and agriculture, growing enough food, providing for all the material needs that people demand as income increase, and providing drinking water. " I don't think anyone needs an explanation of how serious this is for the sustainability of not only human beings, all living things.
             
              It seems one day we will run out, but there are things we can do to put this day off long as possible. For example; you can hold off on watering your lawn in times of drought, gather gutter water and feed to garden hoses and sprinklers, shorten shower time, or turn your water off while shaving and washing your hands. Something as simple as using an ice cube you dropped on the floor to water your plants can help. For a great source on learning ways to conserve water, visit, wateruseitwisely. com. They have over 100 tips!
             
              Then there is the obvious problem of landfills and the need to recycle and reuse as much as possible. This has to have the largest impact on our environment and our health. 90% of what we throw away could potentially be recovered through reuse, recycle, and compositing. Doctor Mohammad Hakim Sattar, Director of Ministry of Public Health states that, "If we do not properly discard the garbage it can cause many diseases. It not just contaminates the environment but causes air pollution as well. Garbage is classified in two forms: 1) ordinary garbage that is produced by houses and industries, and 2) clinical garbage produced by hospitals and clinics. " He also goes on to talk about if clinical waste is not discarded properly it can be the cause of many transferable diseases. Also litter can pose a threat to health and the well being of various animals. Certain types of waste have the potential to leak into our ground and eventually into our water. This can then release greenhouse gasses into our atmosphere contributing to our carbon footprint as discussed earlier.
             
              The obvious way to prevent more of this is to reuse, reduce, and recycle. Also by buying and using less. Something as simple as even choosing products with certain packing that you can recycle. You should also refuse the bags at the grocery store, or bring them back and reuse them. Many stores have reusable bags that you can purchase. By reducing your waste and recycling you can help save resources, prevent pollution, support public health, and create jobs. According to Eco-cycle Working to Build Zero Waste Communities article, "By recycling about 30% of our waste every year, Americans save the equivalent of 11. 9 billion gallons of gasoline and reduce greenhouse gas equivalent of taking 25 million cars off road. "
             
              As you can see, the choice of living green can effect every aspect of this Earth from future generations and wildlife to disease and health. All it takes is making small changes everyday. These changes can benefit you as well. Remember, just recycle, conserve water and energy, and eat smart!
             
             
             
              Resources
             
              http: //www. worldwatch. org/resources/go_green_save_green
             
              http: //homeguides. sfgate. com/can-eating-habits-affect-environment-79636. html
             
              http: //healthyeating. sfgate. com/human-health-benefits-eating-organic-foods-5174. html
             
              http: //msue. anr. msu. edu/news/
             
              http: //environment. about. com/od//a/watersupply. htm
             
              http: //wateruseitwisely. com/tips/category/indoor-tips/page/2/
             
              http: //www. ecotechwater. com/Health/Water%20Consevation. html
             
              http: //www. ecocycle. org/files/pdfs/why_recycle_%20brochure. pdf
             
              http: //www. af. boell. org/web/113-309. html
             
              http: //kids. niehs. nih. gov/explore/reduce/reduce_waste. htm
             
              http: //homeguides. sfgate. com/effects-overusing-energy-78753. html
             
              http: //www. modernhippiemag. com/2010/02/how-food-waste-affects-our-environment/
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