In our growing world and rapidly developing society, we are faced with an increasingly urgent problem: how can we feed 7 billion mouths and counting? How do we do so without permanently damaging our environment through reckless use of water, pesticides, and monocultures? Something we can do is actually beneficial for both us and our environment.
The answer is for us to eat locally grown, healthy food. How does that help alleviate our problem? First off, transporting food takes vast amounts of energy through keeping the food at a suitable temperature over thousands of miles, and consumes fuel through this transport. When our food is grown down the road or merely has to be moved a few miles to our grocery store, we know it’s more safe and fresh to eat. Additionally, it gives local farmers a chance to grow their own strains and types of crops, promoting biodiversity amongst crop populations.
Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods, with a focus on vegetables, fruits and nuts. The efficiency of growing plants for consumption far exceeds the efficiency it takes to raise livestock, such as cattle and pigs. These animals require a lot of food and space, while also contributing to large portions of methane emissions—a notoriously dangerous greenhouse gas—through their droppings.
This does not mean to stop eating meats altogether—it still brings nutrition! However, I urge everyone to at least attempt to cut back on eating meats. When we eat healthier, we not only vastly reduce the amount of energy needed to get our food to the table, but also lessen methane emissions while increasing efficiency of total food grown! What steps have you taken to eat healthier for yourself and the environment?
Remember the movie Avatar? The one about the strange planet with the beautiful views and glowing trees?
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Donkeys and the internet go together like peanut butter and jelly. No? You’ll think differently after reading this.
The semi-nomadic sheepherders in rural Turkey could really go for some connectivity, especially when they’re on an isolated trip with their sheep. The answer to this conundrum? Solar panel-carrying donkeys.
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Boston’s the first to have them: smart benches. Because why just not make a smart seat when you can?
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We’ve talked about a bunch of different gadgets that light the way for people who live in places where electricity isn’t always dependable, but this one was too cool for us to pass by.
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My class and I are doing a mini-project on which is the best energy resource. My partner and I ended up choosing hydropower. For the people who don’t know what that means, hydropower is, “electricity produced from machines that are run by moving water“.
Hydropower has a lot of benefits: it is a more environmentally friendly source of energy in comparison to fossil fuel, it is a very reliable and stable source of energy, and it has high efficiency and low operational and maintenance costs.
Though there are some setbacks, we believe hydropower is the best way to collect energy, and it doesn’t pollute the air with fuels!
This super-road just might be the answer to a lot of our problems. The Brusaw couple started up their Solar Roadways company to bring a solar powered road to the streets. The solar panels that make up the road produce and store energy and are strong enough to take on the weight of heavy traffic.
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In the developing world, you’re at a time press to get all your work done before the sun goes down. And everyone knows that’s not easy or even an option at times. So what do you do when you’ve got chores to do and a family to care for but no light?
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Light pollution may sound pretty unimportant compared to actual pollution—does it really matter that we can’t see the stars?
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