As time has passed, the world has changed as people have developed technologies for convenient lives. However, the results have not always been advantageous. Many productions that are for comfortable living are perpetually using natural resources, which are limited. For example, cars use gasoline and cause air pollution.
Earth Day, an annual event observed this past week that was created in 1970 and inspired by an oil spill the previous year in Santa Barbara, aims to motivate people in the world to save the Earth. Many people plant trees and take public transportation, while students join activities like making Earth Day posters to promote environmentalism.
Yet, people must protect the Earth in their daily lives – not only on Earth Day. Earth Day should remind people that little contributions made every day can change the world. Students at Cheshire Academy in Connecticut are making small changes to accomplish just that.
“Because I’ve heard that the environment is getting worse since I was little, I want to help protect the Earth. Last year, I drew a poster for the Earth Day so that many people can be interested in saving the Earth,” said JeongHoon Lee, a junior at Cheshire Academy, to JSR.
Lee continued, “I often separate trash before I throw it away and unplug electronics that I do not use.”
“I recently got interested in ecology and the environment while I was studying biology,” said David Zhang, another junior.
“I learned that the Earth has a global warming problem, which makes the world hotter, so I decided to change my habits,” Zhang told JSR. “For example, I am a person who likes to take shower with hot water for long time, but these days I wash quickly with lukewarm water because factors like [heating] water and the usage of a large amount of water and products like shampoo damage the Earth.”
Tom Zhai, a sophomore, told JSR, “It is difficult to practice, but I am using soaps that are made with natural materials.”