Sustainability

Let’s Get Sustainable! Week 3

Welcome to week 3! I am so excited that you are here! Let’s get into it!

“One thing you can do: Talk to Your Children about Climate Change.” The New York Times: Climate Fwd: newsletter.

“You’ll die of old age, While I will die of Climate Change.” “This is not what I meant when I said Hot Girl Summer.” “Don’t Be a Fossil Fool.” These are just some of the signs that were seen all over the world. Last month, millions gathered to rally against Climate Change. Everyone, no matter what political background, is concerned about the future of the earth. According to the article, “seven out of ten teenagers and young adults in the United States say climate change will cause harm to their generation. This study included young people who identify as Democratic and Republicans. It seems like the fires in the Amazon were the final straw. We, as the people, are demanding action!

This article brings the attention of the critical crisis we have and that my generation and beyond is going to be the ones affected by this, but the people who are making the decisions are the ones who are not going to witness the downfall- that they caused by not implementing changes. The article urges parents to talk to their kids about the issues that are facing mother nature. However, the report says to give solutions to what you are addressing. Such as, plastic straws are filling the seas and killing the animals, so we are using reusable straws made out of stainless steel. This way, they learn the alternatives and not feel helpless since it is such a massive problem. Educating the future generation on what is eco-friendly and sustainable will help secure a greener future.

“REVEALED: The 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions.” The Guardian.

This article exploits 20 of the contributors to a portion of the carbon emissions. The article, written by Jonathan Watts, was set-up great! The information was researched thoroughly and had the evidence that backed up each claim.

I think some of the information that surprised me the most was that about 90% of emissions attributed to theses 20 climate culprits, such as jet fuel, thermal coal, and petrol. Another startling fact from The Guardian is that the, “largest five stock-market listed oil and gas companies spent nearly $200m each year to lobby for the delay, control, or blocking policies to tackle climate change.” Overall, the article was written well and had great arguments! It was an exciting read!

“It’s Lights Out in California to Deal with Climate Risks.” Scientific American.

About 800,000 businesses and residents in Northern California lost power yesterday due to Pacific Gas and Electric Company. I didn’t know much about the wildfires that raged through California last year, but I did know they were devastating.

As I read this article, I realized that this company was at fault for starting what investigators call it “The Camp Fire,” which was one of the deadliest blazes in California’s history. The reason for the intentional, emergency blackout was for the equipment not to spark a wildfire. There were many responses to this article.

My favorite was describing how we created this infrastructure of energy and power in a different time, a different climate. Our earth is changing because of us, and we need to adapt to help mother earth out!

“All of Patagonia’s waterproof shells are now recycled and Fair Trade.” TreeHugger

I have been a longtime supporter of Patagonia and their views. I think they are such an innovative company. In my blog post, Trashin’ Fashion, I discuss the ways Patagonia has been a leader in sustainable practices in the fashion industry.

Patagonia uses safe dying practices, sustainable offices, and production lines, and now their waterproof shells are made 100 percent out of recyclable materials! Patagonia has 61 different waterproof shell styles, and they are ethically produced in Fair Trade Certified factories.

The article praises Patagonia for having 69 percent of their line made out of recycled material. As climate change continues to rage forward, we need to support and prioritize companies that are making changes to benefit the earth.

“The benefits of grouping houseplants together.” Tree Hugger.

 If you are a plant mom, like I am, this is the blog post for you! I am more minimalist with design, but I love the idea of a lot of plants altogether! However, now there are benefits that help justify the aesthetics, plus help your plants thrive!

The article suggests grouping plants based on things such as light, temperature, & humidity. Grouping plants with similar needs helps them create their mini biome. I didn’t know this at all! I am going to be researching my plant more to make sure I am grouping them correctly.

Like any typical plant, mom would, right? Grouping plants also make it easier to care for them. This way, you know what they need or how much water they need to survive and thrive.

Until next week my pals!

G.

Hey! My name is Grace and I am just a college student, trying to figure out life one blog post at a time :)

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