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 Tips for Going Green

Hello Everyone!  My name is Courtney, and I am part of the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Global Green Team.  As such, all members of this team must do a project relating to going green. I chose to focus on air pollution because when you think about it, it would be most important to us as people because we breathe in air 24/7, so if it's polluted we can be affected. I also chose it because not many people on the team were focusing on it, so I decided to step up! Anyway, check back here every other day for the next month for new tips on how to be more efficient in your home or in your car on the way to work.  Stay tuned for easy tips to help the air around us!

#1: Go green in your own garden.  Avoid any chemical fertilizers or pesticides in your garden, keep everything natural and use organic products instead.  The chemical fertilizers kill off microorganisms which overtime causes the soil to become useless so nothing can grow with it. Chemical fertilizers also cause the emission of ammonia, or NH3, which is a greenhouse gas, thereby polluting the air we breathe in.  Be Green!  Be Efficient!  Don't Use Chemical Fertilizers!

#2: When deciding that you need to run an errand, plan a few other things you can get done while you are out. That way you conserve gas as well as reduce air pollution. Say you need to run to the market to pick up a quick meal for dinner, why don't you grab that almost overdue library book and go ahead and turn it in? Small changes can make a big difference, especially in the air around you. However, if you are out in your car, don't go for the drive - in lines, park your car and go ahead inside. It helps to reduce the amount of gas you are burning just sitting there. Be Green! Be Efficient! Use Car Smarts!

#3: If you haven't done so already, set up recycling bins somewhere in your home! If you train yourself to use them, it might just become a good habit to recycle. Throwing away recyclable items causes them to be completely unhelpful. If they are put into a landfill where they are incinerated, it will cause smoke to billow and pollute the air. The plastic bottle you bought at that one sports event has probably gone through many series of being recycled. Making that little effort to recycle can go a long way, plus it makes you feel good to know that you've helped the earth that day. Be Green! Be Efficient! Recycle!

#4: Are you in need of some shade around your home? Need that little bit of sunlight to seep through during the winter? Why not do the best thing, not only for you but for the air, and plant a tree. A deciduous tree seems to work the best. Planting this tree ensures that you are getting plenty of oxygen around your house and you create a natural shade for your home in the hot months, and in the colder months it provides some sunlight. This gives you a way to not have to turn the air conditioning all the way up to escape the heat. It just burns off too much energy. Instead, plant a tree and enjoy the results. If you can't plant a tree because of your location, buy a plant, like a flower or something small. That way it can sit in the open area of your home and still give off a supply of oxygen. Be Green! Be Efficient! Hug A Tree!

#5: If you are at home, do yourself a favor and keep the doors open. It creates a good ventilation and such in your house. Small tips that can help save the planet! Even if it is just opening a door! Be Green! Be Efficient! Open A Door!

#6: If you are deciding that you are going to clean a bathroom today, here's a quick tip before you get started: Cleaning with bleach produces fumes that end up adding to the pollution around us, so instead, wash with baking soda and water (much less of a hassle!) and you don't get that nasty headache from the strong fumes from the bleach. Be Green! Be Efficient! Fight the fumes!

#7: When buying hair products or any body-cleansing materials, avoid buying aerosol cans. The fumes are horrible for the air and are also toxic to you if inhaled. Stick to easy products that don't have that compressed aerosol can. These small things end up saving you along with the planet, so don't keep a tip like this to yourself - share it with friends and spread the word!

#8: Want to try out some good tips for your garden and reduce air pollution outside? Instead of burning leaves or other compost, throw it onto your plants and use it as a mulch! It doesn't cause air pollution and benefits you so you don't have to buy mulch, its all homemade and saves you a drive to burn off that gas! Little things make a difference. Be Green! Be Efficient! Make homemade mulch!

#9: Next time you go to fill up your car, use these easy steps to avoid releasing gas fumes! Use the gas refueling instructions to avoid too much vapor. When using the pump avoid spilling the gas onto the ground and always make sure to keep the gas cap secured and tightened. Follow these tips and you will be on your way to turning these tips into habits! Be Green! Be Efficient! Fill Up Safely!

#10: Need to do some serious shopping? Do it online! Shop for all the latest trends in clothing or shop for that new purse that you've been dying for. Or even do grocery shopping! Then you can get it shipped right to your front door. If not, then you can start to call in orders and pick them up at the local pharmacy for prescriptions. We have the technology! Be Green! Be Efficient! Shop Online!

#11: Keep your car in check by having it properly tuned and checked. It keeps your car in great condition, but it also reduces the amount of air pollution that it produces. You can also limit air pollution by accelerating less.  Instead of accelerating, coast more!  It reduces the need to burn all that gas. Using tips like this will make a difference, especially if you share this information with a neighbor too! Be Green! Be Efficient! Coast In Car!

#12: The most obvious way to reduce air pollution is to reduce the cars on the road, ergo, carpool! If you live near someone and you must drive by them to get to work, give them a ride if you share the same work! If you go to school, try out the bus! Use public transportation like the subway or buses. All these ways reduce cars on the road and therefore reduce pollution. This task especially is powerful to reduce pollution because just the use of less cars on the road would help the air so much! Try it out! Be Green! Be Efficient! Carpool!

#13: In the cold months it's time to bring out the winter jackets; however, not the wood logs! Burning wood logs produces gas and ends up releasing bad pollution into the air, so instead switch over to gas. Use a gas stove, fireplace, anything! Just make sure you switch over to burning gas logs in order to be green in the air. Be Green! Be Efficient! Burn Gas Logs!