What can you do to protect the environment?Although environmental problems can seem overwhelming, there is hope if everyone gets involved in protecting our natural resources. Here’s what you can do: CONSUME LESS ENERGY. Climates are changing and ocean levels are rising because of ____. This growing problem is due to increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as a result of the burning of oil, coal, and gas. In order to save electricity, use ____ lightbulbs, and turn the air-conditioning down or off when possible. To conserve gas or oil, turn down the heat by 2oF (1oC). you’ll also cut 10 percent off your bill! DON’T USE YOUR CAR IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO, because cars consume energy and also cause ____. So instead of driving everywhere, use public transportation. Or ride a bicycle –you’ll get good exercise and help improve your city’s air quality. AVOID TOXIC CLEANING PRODUCTS. Look for ____ brands, even if they’re more expensive. This helps cut down on the ____ that contaminate our rivers and oceans and are generally harmful to the environment. RECYCLE ALL OF YOUR GARBAGE. Recycle newspapers, magazines, batteries, and all packaging such as cartons, bottles, cans, and plastics so that they don’t end up in ____. Packaging that is not ____ can take years to decompose. And recycling paper, glass, plastic, and metal saves energy. CONSERVE WATER. Even though 1.2 billion people in the world lack safe drinking water, people in developed countries use 15 bathtubs full of water a day! You can cut your ____ in half by taking showers instead of baths. And water your lawn only once a week. Some people water lawns daily in spite of water shortages and ____ warnings. USE ____ ENERGY. Most of the energy we use today comes from coal, oil, and gas. But these will not last forever, and burning them is slowly harming the atmosphere. We need to look for other ways of supplying energy. Solar power is a way of using the sun’s energy as heat or to make electricity.




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