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How To Be Green

Issues that Threaten the Environment


There are many things that endanger our environment, small things such as throwing a candy wrapper out the car window to more complex issues such as clear cutting sensitive forest and jungle habitats.





More issues include:


  • Invasive species
  • Global Warming
  • Endangered species
  • Ocean, lake, river and aquifer pollution
  • Depletion of natural resources
  • Deforestation
  • Erosion
  • Soil pollution
  • Air pollution
  • Noise pollution
  • Thermal pollution
  • Radioactive pollution



Being Green:


 

Being green is an important step in protecting the environment and the animals that depend on it. Everyone can be green and it is easy - small steps add up to big changes.



Try the following to be Green:


  • Walk or ride your bike more often
  • Turn the lights off when you don't need 
  • Recycle everything you can
  • Donate things you don't need anymore (a form of recycling) 
  • Plant trees, flowers, and shrubs
  • Instead of plastic and paper items, use reusable containers like water bottles and real plates
  • Don't dump chemicals down ANY drains or outside
  • Dispose of hazardous materials, like paint and cleaning products, properly


  • Buy products that have recycled contents in them and can be recycled
  • Use less water, by turning the water off when not in use, taking shorter showers, and using conservative watering measures on landscape


  • Conserve energy by unplugging appliances when not in use, close windows and doors when using the AC or heat and use more natural light
  • Think about alternative energy sources like solar, wind or thermal
  • Stay on trails, going off and creating new ones causes erosion

 Print the color sheet below - then help Little Bear with the garden that he is growing in recycled containers.