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This year, as a member of South Windsor High School’s chapter of the National Honors Society, I, Meredith Hillmon, aspired to make an effort in increasing the awareness of mankind’s tireless battle against global warming. A service project, as defined by the NHS board, is a social service that addresses a need to our community. For my service project, I sought to not only publish an article in the spring edition of the Southwinds newspaper, but I wanted to create a section in the Bobcat Tracks and on the school website that would be dedicated to informing students of the environment. In essence, the information provided would urge the importance of keeping an eco-conscious mind. In the section below, I have listed three environmentally degrading problems that I believe any high school student can counteract. Today, make an honest effort to become mindful of the following factors that have detrimental impacts to the environment, and remember that it should be our duty to give back to the Earth all that we extract from it.

“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”

The Problem: Recycling

How You Can Help: Recycling is the method of reusing materials that would otherwise be disposed of in a landfill or an incinerator. Household products that contain glass, aluminum, paper and plastic are used to make new products. Recycling not only saves money in production and energy costs, but it helps save the environment from the impacts untreated materials. Do your part in reducing waste by making the choice to purchase reusable products instead of disposables, and choose to purchase products with minimal packaging. By recycling at least half of your household waste, you can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide annually.

Drive Less, Drive Smart

The Problem: The Harmful Impacts of Driving Upon the Environment

How You Can Help: Driving a car is the most air polluting act the average citizen commits. Local pollution can be significantly reduced if every student eligible to drive made the pledge to use their car less. This is a responsible, individual contribution to a worldwide problem. At least thirty percent of vehicle use is optional. Remember: driving less produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

The “Off” Switch

The Problem: Leaving the Lights On in an Unoccupied Room

How You Can Help: Many people believe in the myth that turning off the lights in an unoccupied room cannot make a significant difference. This is false. If every single household made an effort to turn off the lights in vacant rooms, the results would be remarkable. Each household would experience a reduction of up to twenty five percent in the amount of electricity used every day, and this would result in less stress on our energy grids.


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