In 3 Words
Make an Impact, a program to help you save energy, save money, and save the planet, is coming to an area near you! We'd love your help to kick things off by showing what individuals in the community are doing to live sustainably and conserve energy.
Take a fun photo or video of yourself (or with your friends, family, pets, anyone!) making a positive environmental impact and send it to MakeAnImpact@c2es.org. We’ll email you back to confirm your details and get your permission to use your submission.
The photo should feature a white page with three words that help tell your story. Be creative!
My Family Recycles
My family has been recycling for a long time. My grandmother always encouraged all of us to recycle. She is concerned about the health and well being of our family. If she finds something in the garbage that does not belong, she will make you come and put it in its proper place. My grandmother says that if we don’t take care of the environment, it will not be feasible for her children and grandchildren to live in. Several members of my family are sick and we realize how important it is to recycle because those recyclable objects play a major role in the medical field. So, now you know: “MY FAMILY RECYCLES!”
No Idling Zone
My decision to reduce idling has had a positive impact on my life because it affects both myself and the community. By turning off my engine whenever possible, for instance when carpooling and waiting for a friend, there is less exhaust released into the environment which means cleaner air. This also reduces wear and tear on my car's engine and wastes less fuel. I hope that in the future fewer buses and large vehicles would idle. School buses especially create harmful exhaust which is a health hazard to children whose lungs are still developing. If school buses would turn their engines off at the end of a day, the school district would save money on fuel, reduce the health risks for the kids and result in cleaner air and environment for everyone.
Reduce Reuse Recycle
Before starting my internship at the Reynolds Boys and Girls Club in Las Vegas, I knew I wanted to take the initiative to do something that would better the community. It wasn't an easy task to get the teens excited about reducing their use of non-friendly earth products, reusing materialized possessions, and recycling plastic and paper. Fortunately to my surprise, throughout the experience of reusing, reducing, and recycling products - the students were changed. After just one day of being aware of how easy it can be to better the planet, the Reynolds teens were enthused and excited about the project as a whole. So excited, that they have decided to transfer these duties into the Keystone club for the entire summer. The Keystone club is a group of dedicated students who daily partake in bettering the earth by helping the community in varies ways. This has been a great experience and one that I am proud to have been a part of. In the words of David Orr, "When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves," so always remember to reduce, reuse, and recycle!
Moving Forward Together
Being green can be spontaneous. When a group of friends and I were exploring Dallas during the Key Club International Convention we stumbled upon a patch of green littered with trash. We made our impact on the city together by having an impromptu clean-up. It was rewarding to know that during our short stay we were able to leave a positive mark on the city.
Kill The Lights
Howdy there! Living on my large open ranch, electricity is quite expensive. We live in the middle of nowhere surrounded by nothing but grasslands and horses, longhorns, and bulls. This means that we have to pay more to connect to the grid for electricity and the pipes for water. Here on our ranch, we seek to conserve energy whenever and wherever we can. We use the manure as fertilizer so we can remain self-sufficient, since we are so far from the big city. Whenever the bulls feel like running, we can hook ‘em on up to a treadmill to generate electricity. Once the scorching summer heats come, our bulls are too lazy to run. This means we really have to watch what we do around the ranch. After riding my prized wild Mustang home from school, I usually study for a few good hours. Once the dinner bell rings, I am always sure to turn off the lights behind me. You see, even if you step out the room for a few minutes, your lights are burning kilowatts on the meter. Why pay for electricity you haven’t even used? Heck, this is Texas- we do everything differently down here. Yes, even though I ride my horse around town and always enjoy myself a good rodeo, I love to conserve energy. Energy powers everything, including our own bodies. To generate electricity, coal is usually burned in Texas which releases terrible greenhouse gasses which pollute our environment. In fact, just getting the coal involves a loss of biodiversity, disruption of habitats, and pollution. I live out our calling to save energy, save our planet, reuse, reduce, and even recycle.
Due to the terrible consequences of our use of energy and not respecting the Earth that I have learned about while in Environmental Science, I have made it my mission to be green. Whenever I see trash on the ground, I pick it up. Whenever something can be recycled, I recycle it. Whenever I am not in my room or in the house, I turn the lights off and unplug appliances and electronics I don’t need. I even try to conserve water, turning it off when I am not needing it while I brush my teeth. As a family, we try to carpool wherever we go. At school, I made sure every classroom had a sign that said “Seek to Conserve,” a play on words of our school motto, “Seek to Serve.” Each week, I went around with other members of my Student Council to collect recycling. Being green has allowed me to care for our planet and for future generations who will inhabit it. Saving the planet should be the top priority of every citizen of the world, but for me, Richard Paul Joubert Jr., I live it twenty-four/seven. Yee haw!
In The Bag
I against using plastic bags and I always encourage my family to use reuse-bale bags, which are beneficial to our community and the ecosystem at large. This year my group and I did a short film in my Senior Inquiry class about plastic bags and we contact many people and interview Senator Mark Hass and other people from different organizations. The purpose of this film was to educate the people who live in my community the negative consequences about plastic bags. For example, many species died every year by mistaken plastic bags for food. I become a leader not only for my family but my community to advocate consumers to use reusable bags that are beneficial for the environment. Seeing and experiencing the negative affects about plastic in my country and my community in Portland made me to stand up for what is right for my environment and the species that live. Finally, all the problems about plastic bags that I explain above show that the use of plastic bags is a big problem in our society. Moreover, many people are not even aware of that and that is why I am raising awareness to the people that live in my community in order make change. My goal is to continue educating my community and influence people to use reuse-bale bags
Solar Energy Saves
By converting the sun’s rays into usable energy for your home or city, you can save money and help the environment by using solar panels. We did. One significant advantage to solar electricity is that absolutely no carbon emissions are created or released by the panels. There are no costs for fuel because, well, the sun is free and the power lasts as long as the sunlight does. For my family, our solar panels have slashed our electric bill by a third. This not only helps our family financially but also ensures we are doing our part to help the world. Solar power also has an advantage over other renewable sources, such as hydro and wind power. Both sources, which require large turbines that can disturb marine habitats or even harm or kill birds. With unbelievable clean benefits and no threats to its surrounding area, solar energy is nothing but good clean energy.
Ride Your Bike
I am a very busy person, but I don't let my busyness stop me from reducing my environmental impact. Global Warming scares me, and I am committed to not furthering it. It might make my life more busy and hectic, but I do my best to ride my bike or take public transportation. Reducing my personal carbon emissions reduces global warming, and it also increases the air quality of my city. While I might show up to a meeting a little hot, sweaty, and dirty because of a long bike ride across town, at least I know I'm helping to make our world a cooler, nicer, and cleaner place.
Reusable Water Bottles
My family used to go through at least 6 plastic water bottles a day. We would recycle the bottles, but it still felt like an unnecessary waste of energy and resources so we bought a water purifier and drank tap water. However it was inconvenient to carry around, so my parents and I went shopping for reusable water bottles and now we can’t believe we ever survived without them. Not only are reusable water bottles good for the environment, they are good for our health as well. Always having a bottle at your side causes you to drink more water a day without your realizing it. After 2 months of carrying around my bottle, I had lost 7 pounds, and my body just felt better overall.
Ditch The Car
My name is Marie, and I'm the president of the James Lick High School Environmental Club. I'm always looking for ways to protect the environment, and I saw biking as an obvious solution to the pollution caused by cars. Currently, I bike about twenty miles every day to the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, where I am a Bank of America Student Leader. I bike because every day, I'm saving 18.4 lbs of carbon from polluting our precious environment. Over the course of this summer, I will have spared over 650 lbs of carbon from spewing into the earth's atmosphere. I bike to school, to church, to the library, to the mall, and just about everywhere else. I bike in one hundred degree weather, pouring rain, beautiful sunshine, harsh winds, balmy breezes, and everything in between. I bike to inspire others to ditch their car and hop on a bike. But most of all, I bike for mother nature, for the fragile coral reefs, for the vanishing rainforests, for the disappearing species of animals we humans will never see again. Stopping global warming is as simple as, well, riding a bike!