April 27, 2012

Green Teens: 47 Things You Can Do for the Environment

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The preteen and teenage years can difficult ones both socially and emotionally. It was during this time of my own life that my environmental senses awakened. I felt at times both desperation and motivation to do something towards changing the pollution and environmental degradation I was learning about, yet the task seemed so large for one child.

47 Things You Can Do for the Environment by Lexi Petronis was written with teens in mind:

There's no doubt about it, our environment is in crisis. Everywhere you go, people are talking about it: how the earth is warming up as a result of too much carbon dioxide in the air and too few trees left to absorb it, how oil-drilling is ruining natural habitats, how trash is overflowing into our waterways, and how chemicals used in various products are making people and wildlife sick. Ugh.

You know the planet is in trouble. The question is: What can you do about it? Go out and buy a brand new $30,000 hybrid car? Persuade all of the health clubs in your town to install low-flow showerheads and toilets? Revamp your entire house to operate on solar heat? Come on -- you know better than anyone that this kind of stuff is hardly a reality for most high school kids. But what's the point of mulling over what you can't do, when there is so much that you can do?

You don't have to run out tomorrow and build a car that runs on vegetable oil, or ship out to South America to save the rain forests. You just have to get informed and start making small changes, one at a time. Decisions to shop, drive, and even party differently can have a huge and positive impact on the health of the earth. That's what 47 Things is about.

In this book, you'll find tons of real things that teens can do to make a difference. Some things are as easy as eating less meat, planning a green date, or learning to shop vintage. Others are more involved, like hosting a green film festival for friends, creating an environmental task force at school, or going on an eco-adventure to gain a deeper love and appreciation for this beautiful spinning rock we call home.

Why teens? you might ask. The answer is simple. You're strong, creative, and motivated. You're doers and dreamers. And you're also the ones who will inherit the planet. If change is going to happen, it has to start with you.

I like the ideas presented in this book, such as carpooling, which teenagers are already pretty good at, and shopping for vintage clothes. I got really into thrifting when I was in high school, and it is a great way to find unique pieces while saving the environment.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review would be positive or negative.

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at April 27, 2012 9:55 AM

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