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Words Matter: A Lazy Girl's Guide to Fighting Climate Change

By Avery Bowen

I am lazy. This has always been a very simple fact about my life. While I want to make a difference in the world and do lots of incredible things, I want to do this in the shortest amount of time and in a way that takes the least amount of effort and time. Something that has been on my mind recently has been climate change. With Earth’s temperature rising at unprecedented rates, everyone seems to be looking for ways to help keep the temperature down. I, too, want to help fight the global battle. However, as I said, I want to do as much as possible while doing as little as possible. I am sure many of you feel the same way, which is why I have comprised a lazy person’s list of ways to fight climate change. Nounidlers, rejoice!

1) Take shorter showers! Every minute you spend in the shower uses up roughly 2.5 gallons of water (Jonah Schein, EPA WaterSense). Just shaving two minutes off your shower saves enough water to last a person for two weeks. I find the best way to cut time off your showers is to put on a song and only allow yourself to shower for the duration of the song.

2) Use reusable products! There are so many single use products that you use in your everyday life that you can exchange for a reusable product. These things include…

-Reusable snack bags for zip-lock bags

-Period underwear for pads

-Menstrual cups for tampons

-Makeup towels for makeup wipes

-Reusable water bottles for plastic water bottles

3) Start composting! It may seem hard to get started, but once you start collecting your food, you will realize how much is going to waste that can be given back to your soil. Learn how to make your own compost station here.

4) Purchase products from sustainable companies who are working to make a difference! Find a list of the most sustainable companies here.

5) Change up your ride to school! Carpooling is a great way to make your commute a bit greener; plus, what could be more fun than driving to school with a car packed with your best buds?

6) Call your representatives! Let them know that climate change is an issue that is important to you. These conversations are quick and easy and can be done during a commercial break of your favorite show. Find the number for your representative here.

7) Attend a march! Youth Climate Strikes are happening all over the country as well as all over the world and are a great way to spend a free day.

8) Educate yourself and others! Knowledge is our greatest weapon against adversity. Keep yourself up to date with the news surrounding climate change and make sure the people close to you are updated as well.

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