Reduce Junk Mail

– Cindy Medrano

As Americans, we are all accustomed in receiving junk mail on a daily basis. Every time we check our mail we see junk mail at least once or twice a week. However, did you know that is you saved up all the unwanted junk for one year, it is equivalent to one and a half trees, which adds up to 100 million trees every year in just the United States! Just receiving junk in a single day alone can produce enough energy to heat a quarter of a million homes.

Fact: 44 percent of junk mail is thrown away unopened, but only half that much junk mail (22 percent) is recycled.

If you think receiving junk mail is a nuisance, there are many ways you can limit the amount of junk mail you receive.

One of the many options to reduce junk mail is by writing to different marketing associations, depending on where you reside, to be removed from the lists and stop unwanted mail. By doing so, junk mail intake decreases by 75%. There are various sites in which an individual can “opt-out” of receiving unwanted mail. All they have to do is type up an email s or write a letter stating to be removed from the mailing list. Websites such as:  OptOutPreScreen.com, stopthejunkmail.com or unsubscribe.com , can all be used to reduce unwanted mail and other intrusions, like spam in your email to telemarketing calls.

Most importantly, it is common sense that one should not forget to recycle junk mail! There are about 5.6 million tons of types of catalogs and direct mail advertisements that end up in the U. S landfills, NOT recycled!

It is a matter of everyone doing their part and recycling to reduce the tons of waste the builds up on landfills.

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Feeding the Wildlife

– Cindy Medrano

Have you caught yourself feeding the squirrels on campus? Or ducks by the pond? It doesn’t matter which wild animal you’re feeding, one should not feed the wild animals at all.

When you are out enjoying Mother Nature, it may seem as if you are helping the wild animals by feeding them. However, the truth is that you are only hurting them. When people feed wild animals, the animals become dependent upon humans for food. With that being said, when humans are not around, the animals without a doubt will die because forgot about their natural instincts to find food for themselves. Another crucial reason why humans should not feed animals is because they lose their fear of humans. While an animal is unafraid of humans, they are mistaken for rabid and are killed for their behavior. Humans should already know that feeding the wild is a bad idea.

Not only do we make animals dependent on us but we risk them dealing with health issues because of the food being fed to them. As humans, we should invest time in helping animals in a better way that won’t hurt them.

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How can you help climate control?

As a society, we have a moral obligation to protect our planet. We only have one earth to live on, and unless the government plans on letting us in on how to survive on Mars, we better start making some serious changes. There are some basic changes that we can make as individuals that can help stop climate change. If we all made these simple changes, we could get off to a great start to healing our planet. Here are 10 easy changes we can all get accustomed to,

1. Change your light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs.

2. Don’t drive when it isn’t necessary.

3.Recycle your own waste, and buy recycled items when possible.

4. Check the air pressure in your tires regularly.

5. Use less hot water.

6. Avoid buying products with excess packaging.

7. Keep your thermostat at 68 degrees in the winter and 78 in the summer.

8. Plant a tree. Add more oxygen and absorb more carbon dioxide.

9.Turn off electric devices when not in use.

10.STAY INFORMED!

These changes will not change our everyday lives, they are simple and if practiced and normalized, can be easily internalized by our society.

Learn what these changes actually do for the environment HERE

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Energy Conserving Search Engines

Many of us are used to typing google or yahoo into our search bar when we are in need of looking something up. However, we never realize how much energy we are wasting by clicking those search engines.

Did you know that there are a handful of sites out in the internet that perform the same task as Google or Yahoo while conserving energy?

More examples of green search engines:

Darkoogle
Jabago
ecosearch.org

Each site resembles google, with a few tweaks added to each individual site to differentiate them.
Instead of having white backgrounds sites such as Blackle.com or Earthle.com have a black background with white text. Computer screens do not use as much energy to display color when using the black background.

It is a combination of the small amount of energy used by the computer and the search engine servers. By having a black background on a search engine site you can save the amount of watts used per hour which adds up every year. Each search uses a small amount, but when you have millions of user usage, it’s substantial. Not to mention the how it creates larger amounts of CO2 being produced with the consumption of energy.

So try something new! Use one of the eco-friendly search engine and make a small difference a day.

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Methods of Transportation that Benefits Your Pockets and the Environment

-By Luisa Fabiola Gonzalez

The high gas prices in California are really frustrating to many people who commute from far away. Most Californians travel long distances from their homes to their schools or jobs. Looking at alternative ways to save money on gas, would be essential for todays long distance commuters. This is why the United States Department of Energy recommends drivers to drive more efficiently in order to save money.

Some of the tips suggested were: avoid aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking), using cruise control, or simply using other methods of transportation that could also benefit the environment because it will also help in diminish the high levels of pollution.  In order to learn more, you could check out Spare the Air to learn about other tips regarding saving money on gas and using other methods of transportation that could benefit the environment.

Feel free to share your methods?

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Arctic Ice: Thinner than ever

Global warming strikes again. This is a long alleviated issue that we must get control of. Arctic Ice has melted to an all-time low as of  9/16/12, shattering the previous record set in 2007. The worst part is that in 2007, the all-time low record was shattered. The ice has shrunk from covering 1.61 million miles to 1.32 million miles. This means that the burning of fossil fuels is penetrating our protective ozone layer and our oceans are heating up. Sea levels could rise as much as 20 feet. At the rate we are headed, the ice could be melted completely by 2050. It is imperative that we mandate clean energy and save our planet.

Below you can see the state of the Arctic ice is a fraction of what is used to be. The yellow line outlines the size of the ice recorded from 1979-2000.

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Pet Owners and their Responsibility to Improve Green Living Conditions

Having a pet means that a lot of reponsibility is required from you, the owner. Dogs and other types of pets like cats, just like humans love to live in clean and green areas not just because it looks beautiful but also because our planet needs to be taken care.

By Luisa Fabiola Gonzalez

If a dog owner, for example, is not responsible to watch after their pets necessities it could really affect the environmental and could cause health issues.

In general, your dogs’ interaction with people, wildlife, and natural areas must be monitored.

The Los Angeles county has provided dog owners with crucial information regarding responsabilities that should be taken into consideration to prevent environmental pollutions.

For more information regarding animal services and guidance, you can visit,

the Department of Public Works (DWP)or Los Angeles Animal Services

 

By Luisa Fabiola Gonzalez

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