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Americans Should Consume Fewer of The Global Resources

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I think that we as Americans consume more resources. Our natural resources are needed for survival. These natural resources include water, sunlight, minerals, land and animals. Everything we use daily is from natural resources. I think that the American way of life can be up for negotiation. It doesn’t’ mean we have to give up everything but simply making changes to daily living could help. We need to enjoy our life but also learn to conserve in better ways to help the future of our environmentI believe the governments should use more renewable resources of energy. The use of solar power and wind power can help to reduce the use of fossil fuels. Making more fuel efficient cars would also help eliminate the use of fossil fuels and emission of pollution. Purchasing locally grown food can reduce the use of fossil fuels needed to transport the goods. You can use energy efficient light bulbs with energy-efficient modes.

Water is also a consumption issue, fixing plumbing fixtures that leak; turn off the water when you brush your teeth and water lawns at night. Look for products that use less packaging and buy reusable items over disposable items. Bring your own silvware and cups to work. Donate unwanted things you could reduce waste and also help others. Stricter laws need to be placed to preserve the nature. Over fishing and poaching threatens endangered species and disrupts natural environments and ecosystems.

I can definitely make changes in my life to reduce my footprint and help conserve the environment. I wish I could take public transportation for work but unfortunate for me it is not an option at this point and time in my career. I do travel often during the week and sometimes have to travel to two places in one day. Purchasing a more energy efficient car in the future would not affect the quality of my life but this is something that I would have to do in the future when I have enough money saved. I rent and do not own a house in the future that is my goal. I already take measures of unplugging unused appliances. The only appliances in my apartment that ecofriendly are my refrigerator and microwave. These are the appliances that I purchased but the oven and dishwasher were purchased by my landlords and are not energy efficient. I have never used the dishwasher and sounds a little weird but I don’t know how to. I have read that it reduces the use of water more than hand washing.

I do purchase as much as locally grown produce as I can. I did grow a small herb garden and small peppers on my fire escape this year. I would love to grow my own garden or have a small green house but I will not be able to do that until I own my home. I do recycle religiously and do not produce as much garbage as my neighbors. My friends and I like to craft with bottles so I do save and reuse many jars and wine bottles. I donate clothes often, I believe another change I can make is to donate older electronics, I never really thought about that before until reading the material for this essay. I do have a couple of reusable bags that I use when I shop but not often. I always take the plastic bags and did not realize how bad they are.

This is change that I can make, I just have to get more reusable bags and bring them with me when I shop. I never overbuy when I food shop, I just get the essentials that I need for that time and use everything so it doesn’t spoil. I know it is not much that I can change but hopefully would help reduce my footprint a little bit. We should all start using our resources wisely to maintain our resources and environment.

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