Most schools today don’t make the greenest choices, but what are those green choices anyway?
Some examples would be using compost and facilitating non-idling rules. Composting is when organic matter has been decomposed and recycling as a fertilizer and soil amendment. An Idling vehicle is one whose engine is running when it is parked or not in use. Now how do we go from there?
The trend of receptacle recycling has been set up in some schools. The receptacle recycling includes three bins: recycle, trash, and compost (the RTC). The students in these few schools are able to separate their lunch once finished. Composting is not very hard to set up. It creates fertilized soil that you can garden and reduces our need for landfills. Did you know 800,000 tons of food scraps were disposed in Georgia in 2004? This means those materials were left in a landfill to burn, which would increase CO2 levels in the air. Decomposing using the RTC would help to avoid such an unhealthy environment. This trend that has started in a few schools will hopefully expand as a trend across the nation. If we had RTC in DeKalb School of Arts and Woodstock High School, we would be making a huge impact on the Earth from Georgia.
In most high schools, there are student drivers. At our high schools, we have noticed that these drivers sit in their cars until the bell is about to ring. There is nothing wrong with relaxing in the car, but there’s a lot wrong with relaxing in the car while it’s running. This is called idling. Idling releases CO2 into the Earth’s atmosphere causing the Earth’s temperature to rise dramatically. According to CNN and other news agencies, 2.5 MILLION people on our planet die every year from air pollution caused by factors such as idling.
If we all come together to stop idling and start composting and recycling we can save 2.5 million people’s lives. And all we have to do is turn off our cars for a little bit and collect our food waste for plants!