Your Green Footprint

Leaving a Small Green Footprint is good for the environment
Leaving a Small Green Footprint is good for the environment

Hey GirlMoguls -earth girl Poppy here – and it we’re so excited that Earth Day 2010 is coming up.  Soon we’ll be talking more about things you can do to make a difference and save the earth, but first, I wanted to talk about your footprints – nope not the kind you leave in sand, but your green footprints!  Have you ever heard of those?

Well, your green footprint (also called a carbon footprint) is really how big an impact or effect you have on the environment.  It’s like when your parents tell you to turn off the lights when you leave the room – if you don’t, somewhere a power plant has to create the energy for that light – and it might be using up natural resources like coal or oil or even producing some bad things – like pollution into the air to create that light – so if no one is using it, your truly are wasting precious resources.   So turn off the light!  Having a small green footprint means you use fewer natural resources – for instance, if you always recycle your paper, cans and plastic, you’re creating less garbage that needs to go into a big dump or landfill – and therfore being greener – cause chances are that paper or plastic will  be re-used – maybe in another piece of paper, or maybe in something totally different – like a piece of clothing…

So think about ways you can use less – less water, less electricity, less heat, less air-conditioning and you’ll be leaving a greener footprint in no time!

GirlMogul Poppy
GirlMogul Poppy

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It's Easy Going Green!

I bet many of you by now have heard the phrase, “going green,” which means doing your part to help the environment. You might think there’s not much you can do to help out, but there are tons of little things you can do every day to go green!

Did you know that even when electronic devices are turned off, they still use up energy if they are plugged into an outlet? If you’re not using something for a while, unplug it! Things like video games, computers, phone chargers, and lamps don’t need to be plugged in all the time if you aren’t using them. But don’t unplug refrigerators or anything with a clock in it, since you don’t want to have to reset the time every time you plug it back in.

There are other small things you can do too that are so easy, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been doing them before! Whenever you leave a room, turn the lights off to save energy and close the door to save heat or air-conditioning, depending on what season it is. Also, don’t keep refrigerator and freezer doors open too long—this wastes energy when it has to cool down again. Decide what you want to eat before opening it so you can quickly take it out.

If you’re feeling more ambitious, take a walk around your neighborhood and pick up trash as you go. Make sure you’re wearing gloves and have brought along a couple of garbage bags. If you see bottles or cans lying on the street, you can recycle them!
Going green isn’t difficult, it just takes time to get into the habit of doing everyday things. Keep notes around with reminders—like turn off the lights or shut the door—so that you can always remember what you should do to help the Earth.

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