WHAT CAN WE STUDENTS DO
TO PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT?
Environmental responsibility is everyones responsibility
God has given us a beautiful world to live in. We all need to do our part to keep this world clean and healthy. Its very faddish right now to talk about reducing your carbon footprint and eating local, but even if you cant switch to a hybrid car right now, there are still simple ways you and your family can make a difference to the environment.
HOW TO BECOME A PART OF NATURE?
Learn Young children and teenagers are known to be natural explorers, gifted with insatiable curiosity. Allow your curiosity to guide you while you explore the amazing, vast variety of flora and fauna. Learn how nature works.
Discover There is no substitute for walking into big backyard and experiencing creepy, scaly, furry and slimy things. Discover for yourselves the beauty and wonders of nature.
Record Go cycling, or walking in a nearby park; explore hills and the fields, plan family outings to sea shores and river sides. Look under rocks, on the trees, under the trees. Record and draw your discoveries, write your thoughts and feelings about nature.
Express your opinions to others and tell them to do the same things.
A THING OF BEAUTY IS JOY FOR EVER
Man has the tendency to take possession of anything beautiful. Hence many beautiful things in nature have been disturbed to keep it under his custody forever. He goes to the extent of even killing a beautiful animal to keep it dead with him forever. Many species have gone extinct due to poaching. UNDOUBTEDLY A THING OF BEAUTY IS JOY FOREVER
It has to be living and kicking in its own habitat and be a treat to million eyes that watch it.
FLOWERS When you see beautiful flowers enjoy its beauty and fragrance. Do not destroy it by plucking it to adorn your head or decorate the vase.
BUTTERFLIES When you see a colorful butterfly. see it. enjoy its beauty. Leave it and let it enjoy flying.
MILLIONS OF CREATURES Same with the million creatures - PLANTS, ANIMALS, INSECTS, FISHES and many more
NOT ONLY YOU AND ME BUT OTHERS TOO!! Just because these creatures are beautiful and all should see them do not CAGE THEM IN ZOOS. They can be photographed and understood and admired in the ir own natural habitat.
USE FEWER PLASTIC BAGS
Humans throw away 100 billion plastic bags every year the equivalent of dumping nearly 12 million barrels of oil. In addition to the petroleum or natural gas used to make the bags themselves, the inks and colorants on the bags often contain lead.
To reduce your use of plastic bags:
Bring your own cloth bags when you go to the grocery store.
Reuse the bags you already haven.
Pack lunches and leftovers in reusable containers instead of plastic bags.
When you cant avoid plastic bags, recycle them.
Only one percent of plastic bags are recycled worldwide.
LEAVE THE CAR IN THE GARAGE when you have another alternative
Instead of taking your car everywhere, walk or ride a bicycle
youll not only help the environment, but youll save money and improve your health at the same time.
To encourage children to walk to school, look into starting a walking school bus in your community. A walking school bus is a group of children who walk to school with one or more adults.
Recycle smarter: After grouping what you want to discard, think of how and where to recycle these products or donate them for reuse. A way to recycle smart is to buy items made from recycled content and with limited packaging.
Allow grass clippings to stay on the lawn, instead of bagging them. The cut grass will decompose and return to the soil naturally.
Dont fertilize before a rain storm. Your fertilizer - along with your money - washes away down the storm drains.
When properly composted, wastes can become natural soil additives for lawns and gardens, and used as potting soil for house plants
Maintain and repair products. Keep appliances in good working order. Follow manufacturers' suggestions for proper operation and maintenance.
Be creative about reducing waste. Give pet hamsters or gerbils paper towel and toilet paper cardboard tubes with which to playHave you heard the old saying Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without?
Perhaps we all need to develop more of this attitude in our lives.
Make sure you use both sides of a piece of paper and then recycle it.
Share books with friends or borrow them from the library.
put lids back on markers
Use just a drop of glue.
FIRST PROTECT YOUR OWN
Slope the area around the well to drain surface runoff away from the well.
Disinfect drinking water wells at least once per year with bleach or hypochlorite granules, according to the manufacturers directions.
Have the well tested once a year for coliform bacteria, nitrates, and other constituents of concern.
Avoid mixing or using pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, degreasers, fuels, paints, motor oil, and other pollutants near the well.
Dont allow back-siphonage. When mixing pesticides, fertilizers or other chemicals, dont put the hose inside the tank or container.
Be aware of changes in your well, the area around your well or the water it provides.
Dispose of solvents properly. Waste solvents should be taken to a hazardous waste collection facility or event.
Use less water
WATER - WATER EVERYWHERE, WHEN NOT CONSERVED, NOT A DROP ANYWHERE
Use less water: Saving water is important because it is a limited resource, either by taking short showers or putting a bottle in your toilet tank. You can also reuse water around the house, such as using cooking water for plants, which may provide nutrients to the plant.
Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth, shave, lather your hair, and scrub the dishes.
Repair all leaks, which can save water and money.
Install a low-flow showerhead and save half the amount of water you use.
Keep drinking water in the refrigerator rather than running the tap for cold water.
Replace your toilet with a low-flow version or place plastic containers filled with water in your toilet tanks. (Keep the containers away from the flush mechanism.)
Water your grass not your driveway, sidewalk or street.
· Avoid leaving lights on in empty rooms.
· Turn on your desktop lamp instead of higher-energy overhead lights when practicable.
· Weather-strip leaky doors and windows during winter months.
· Set water heater between "low" & "medium" (110-120o F); each 10-degree reduction saves 35% on water heating bills.
· Lower your thermostat: each degree lower reduces your furnace's energy consumption by 23%. Try 65-68o F when home during the day, then 55o F at night.
· Turn off your home computer when it is not in use for long periods.
· Purchase energy efficient appliances when old appliances need to be replaced.
· Plan an energy efficiency strategy for your home. Order an energy audit from your local utility office. Conserve energy at home to reduce energy needs from power plants.
· Switching to compact fluorescent lamps saves energy and reduces pollution.
· Invest in energy-efficient appliances: Try and start replacing older appliances in your home with more energy-efficient ones. This may reduce energy output and save money on electricity bill.
· Solar energy panels should be used for warming or cooling rooms and for bathing purpose.
· Cooking with lids saves on fuel usage.
Composting is a great way to reduce your waste and help your garden at the same time. Most food scraps and biodegrade material like cardboard, which may produce nutrient-rich fertilizer, can be easily used.
Start a Green Group
Activities like carpooling can be arranged by talking with friends about the importance of conserving. Develop programmes and activities in your neighborhood for others to get involved.
Plant a tree
The original carbon offset. Planting a tree can not only reduces the amount of carbon dioxide in the air, but can also provide shade for your home. This may even help in reducing energy costs and will provide fruits that you won't have to buy at the store.
1. REDUCING OIL SPILL CONTENT IN WATER
HOW CAN WE PREVENT IT
Oil spills are dangerous to the environment, so we are always looking for ways to prevent them, and to contain them wen they do happen. how? we can use bubble gum to our own home grown oil spill!!!!
1. Chunk - style bubble gum
2. A plate or shallow pan
4. Household machine oil
5. Hand-held grater
Put a piece of chunk style bubble gum in the freezer and leave it overnight.
Take the plate and fill it half with water
Carefully add about 10 drops of oil in the middle of the water.
Take the bubble gum from the freezer and grate it into small strips onto a sheet of paper.
Lift the sheet and sprinkle the grate gum onto the oil spill.
Let a little of it fall into the water as well.
Wait for 30 minutes
THE GUM BEGINS TO ABSORB THE OIL IN THE WATER.DEPENDING ON THE AMOUNT OF GUM YOU SPRINKLED INTO THE OIL, ALL OR MOST OF THE SPILL WILL BE ABSORBED. THE GUM STRIPS THAT FELL ON THE WATER DONT ABSORB ANY THING.
consists of a type of particle known as non polar molecule.
A non polar molecule absorbs another non polar molecule.
Water, however is made of polar molecules. thus, the gum(which is non polar) will not absorb the water(which is polar), but it will absorb oil (which is non polar).
· Therefore, in order to contain or absorb oil spills in ocean, it is necessary to put a non polar absorbing material on the spill. In this way the oil is absorbed b the material, but the sea water is not. The material and the oil spill can then be skimmed or pumped from the surface of the water.
2. MAKE YOUR OWN
Make a list Make a list of some medicinal plants like Tulsi, Neem etc., shown above.
Place Select a portion of your garden or a place near your house which is easy to water and maintain.
Water Waste water from kitchen may be used to water these plants.
Procedure Plant climbers near a wall or trees to provide the required support. Dig one foot deep pits for the herbs and shrubs and three feet deep pits for trees. Fill the pits with mixtures of sand and soil in equal proportion.
Benefits You as well as the environment will be benefited.
3. GREEN, CLEAN AND HEALTHY GARDEN
· Avoid over-fertilizing your lawn and garden areas by knowing their nutrient needs and when it's best to apply fertilizers.
· Dont over water your lawn or garden. Excessive watering can cause chemicals to leach into ground water and make plants more prone to disease.
· Water during the coolest times of the day.
· Fertilize in the non rainy season.
· Fertilizing in the spring puts grass into a fast growing cycle, which starts the mowing season sooner.
· Test your soil before fertilizing so you will know what your lawn needs.
· Use organic fertilizers
· Let your grass clippings lay and mulch fall leaves.
· This eliminates waste and conserves soil nutrients.
· Grass clippings and mulched leaves are great fertilizers!
· Minimize the need for pesticides by choosing plant species that are resistant to insects and disease.
· Introduce praying mantises, lace-wings, ladybugs and other pest eaters to your garden. Promote increase of earth worms in the soil.
· The use of pesticides should be your last resort.
· Cutting the lawn too short or too frequently weakens the grass and allows weeds to grow faster.
· Minimize mowing, watering and fertilizing: cultivate plants native to your area, switch to alternative ground covers.
AS CITZENS LET US DEVELOP TOLERANCE, UNDERSTANDING AND NON-VIOLENCE AMONG EACH OTHER AND AVOID CHEMICAL / NUCLEAR WARS IN THE IS VERY EARTH. WE WILL HEAL THE ALREADY DAMAGED AND BLEEDING ZONES OF THE EARTH WITH THE HELP THE RED, BLUE AND GREEN CROSS SOCIETIES IN A GLOBAL WAY RESPECTING PUBLIC PROPERTY AND COMMUNITY HEALTH.
LET US JOIN HANDS IN MAKING THE EARTH