For a few months in 2008, Juneau was known as the city that cut down its electricity use by nearly one-third. Everyone had stories to tell about turning down the thermometer and unplugging alarm clocks that weren't in use. It was a proud moment for our community, and there is no reason for us to stop conserving energy. Even though prices are not as high now, we can all save money by conserving.
However, now, almost two years later, it seems that most people have forgotten not only how to save their own money, but more importantly how to help the environment. Unplugging an alarm clock will help now, just as it did in the past. Walking that extra few feet to recycle the plastic bottle is worth it.
Global warming is a reality. Greenhouse gas emissions are causing this planet to increase heat. This might not seem like a big deal, but it will alter our entire ecosystem. But we can help stop this. Plants naturally use carbon dioxide in photosynthesis, so plant a tree, plant a flower, just do something. Global warming is happening, we can see it ourselves in this rainy winter, and we need to preserve what we have.
Different groups around the community are doing what they can: there are trash pick-ups and recycling groups. The newest endeavor is being brought on by the Alaska Youth for Environmental Action. They are pushing for Juneau-Douglas High School to stop using plastic wares, which will save at least 18,000 plastic utensils per year. And the community can help. People can donate old or new silverware until Feb. 19 at many local stores.
If high school students are trying to make a difference, the least others can do is try to help them out. Donate a fork, use a cloth bag or use a plastic one again, recycle a can or unplug an appliance. There is so much that we can do for this planet, all we have to do is try.
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