Recently, in my environmental studies class, I learned about the concept of the Anthropocene, which is the idea that we have now entered a new time period in which we (humans) hugely influence the world around us. This new knowledge really made me realize that our planet is in a troubling situation we need to work together to help preserve, and therefore, inspired me to write this article about how we can become more environmentally-friendly in our daily lives. Therefore, here are some tips on how you can reduce your environmental impact at school!
- Buy environmentally-friendly school supplies
The first step to minimizing your environmental impact in regards to school is to purchase sustainable school supplies. These can range from reusable water bottles to notebooks made from post-consumer waste recycled paper. As they say, you should vote with your dollar; every dollar you spend purchasing these sustainably-produced school supplies, more money will go to support these companies that are working to produce products to help save our planet. Overtime, as we demand more sustainably produced school supplies, we will get a greater supply of them and decrease our environmental impact by using less resources.
- Join your school’s environmental club
In many schools today, there are very many resources that you can look to to become involved in your community, especially in terms of environmental clubs. Environmental clubs are a great way that you can meet new people who share a similar interest as you; together, you can work to reduce your school’s environmental impact. For example, every year at my high school, we had a “zero waste feast” event around Thanksgiving in which the community worked together to host a zero waste event; it was definitely a memorable time and something I would like to bring to college. If you have any ideas of your own, it is a great idea to suggest them to your peers in the club! Also, if your school does not yet have an environmental club, team up with a couple of pals [and a teacher] and make your own! 🙂
- Be conscious when eating in your cafeteria
At lunch time (one of my favorite parts of the day), there is a school cafeteria for meals, and it is a good idea to be conscious when you’re picking what you want to eat. In our society today, a huge problem is food waste, as Face the Facts USA determined that the average American wastes up to 209 to 254 pounds of edible food each year. Therefore, before you go into the cafeteria, it’s a good idea to think about what you want to eat and consider how hungry you are before going in to minimize your food waste.
I really hope that this article gave you some suggestions on how to be more environmentally-friendly at your school! 🙂 What are some tips you use in your daily life?