Go Green. Be Seen. 

I see trees of green, red roses too. I see them bloom, for me and you. And I think to myself, what a wonderful world. 

I see skies of blue, And clouds of white. The bright blessed day, The dark sacred night. And I think to myself, what a wonderful world. 

The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky, are also on the faces, of people going by. I see friends shaking hands, saying, “How do you do?”. They’re really saying, “I love you”. 

I hear babies cry, I watch them grow. They’ll learn much more, than I’ll ever know. 

And I think to myself, what a wonderful world. Yes, I think to myself, what a wonderful world. Oh yeah.

Louis Armstrong. He saw the bigger picture. The bigger picture that is this whole wide world we live in. He saw its beauty, majesty and importance. Sometimes it’s even the little things that make us think of this great place we get to call home. A home that misses out on a little tender love and care from time to time. We are all guilty of taking a longer shower than we need to, or forgetting to turn the lights off. We can so easily get caught up in the moment that we forget to see the bigger picture. Now ask yourself, what have I been doing that contributes to sustaining our planet? Maybe it’s sorting your garbage and recycling or biking to class. These are all great starts. But here are some more green tips to consider implementing in your day to day life.

1. Consider taking  the stairs when you can. Using the stairs instead of the elevator even one time s day will help you maintain a healthier lifestyle, but will also greatly reduce a building’s energy consumption.

2. Turn the lights out when leaving a room. This small and simple act will help reduce your ecological footprint, contributing to a healthier planet. If 1000 of Western’s staff members unnecessarily left the lights on in their offices for 2 hours each work day, this would consume 86,000 kWh of electricity each year. This is enough electricity to power three average Canadian homes for an entire year! It would also release the same amount of emissions as eleven cars do in one year!

3. Buy and eat locally. This helps to support local farmers and also reduce the green house gas emissions that would have been produced transporting these fruits and veggies to the big name grocery stores. Check out Western’s Farmers’ Market from 9am – 2pm on Tuesdays in the green space beside McIntosh Gallery across from the Social Science Building. How much more local could this get?!

If you’re brave enough, calculate your carbon footprint and see the impact you are having in this planet. http://www.myfootprint.org/ 

Even further, calculate your water footprint here. http://www.waterfootprint.org/?page=cal/waterfootprintcalculator_indv 

Lastly, check out Sustainability at Western. This is how I learned of most of the things I talked about in this blog post and provided me with a lot of insight. sustainability.uwo.ca

Together, we can make a difference. Are you up for the challenge?

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