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Student column: Help keep the Earth healthy

The recent warm weather mixed together with the snow finally melting creates a renewed love of being outside.

There is plenty to enjoy about being outside, whether it’s the fresh air, the sound of birds chirping or the fresh aroma of flowers sprouting after a long, hard winter.

Many people love the outdoors and take good care of the earth. If you’re like me, you absolutely love being outside, but you know you could do more to help preserve the earth.

In honor of Earth Day this past Tuesday, here are some things you can do every day to help out.

According to the Rustle the Leaf website, pulp mills release over one trillion gallons of chlorine-tainted water as part of the paper making process each year. Instead of using just one side of a piece of paper, use both sides. This could cut the pulp mill pollution in half.

Believe it or not, Americans waste over 700 million gallons of gas per year. It sounds crazy, but there is one easy fix. If you make sure your tires are properly inflated, you can help save gas, and your money.

If you love being outside as much as I do, you probably wish to be outside for more time than you are inside. By doing this, you could even make the world a little more “green.” Instead of driving a car, if you choose to ride a bike to go on errands or make the choice to walk, you could be a part of saving over 70 million gallons of fuel in a year. Not only do you help the planet, you get the added benefit of enjoying the fresh air and getting exercise.

One of the most common energy-efficient things we can think of is the light bulbs we use. With compact fluorescent lamps, CFLs, your home can be lighter, brighter, and more green. Compared to regular bulbs, CFLs last 10 times longer, use only 1/4 of the energy, and produce 90 percent less heat, all while producing more light per watt. CFLs can brighten your homes, and the environment.

When you think of making the earth green, the phrase “Reduce, reuse, recycle” most likely comes to mind. You can start making the world a greener place by returning hangers to the cleaners, donating clothing to charities, packing lunches in reusable containers instead of bags and bringing your own reusable grocery bags on your next shopping trip.

Living in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes, it would be a shame if our lakes had pollution and garbage surrounding them. Taking on the responsibility to keep our lakes as healthy as possible could be another way to show you care for the environment.

Earth Day can be a call of action for many of us to learn how to be greener, how to clean up our communities, and show how much our beautiful earth means to us. Let’s keep the trend going, making everyday Earth Day.