Rebecca Fridae’s Eco Health class covered a wide range of topics related to environmental issues. For one of their projects, students wrote letters to the editor. Here are the last of their submissions.
People in the United States of America use electricity for heating houses, lighting rooms in houses, and so much more. We waste that electricity daily. We did some research and found that with old fashioned light bulbs in a house, all the electricity that goes to the light bulb does not get used, instead only about 10 percent is turned into light and the rest is turned into heat. The United States has the third largest energy market in the world.
Here are some other facts we found. It takes 49 cents worth of energy to charge an iPhone 7. It takes 49 times as much energy to charge a desktop computer and 72 times as much energy to power a flat screen television.
The microwave is the one appliance that uses the most energy. We should be careful to use it thoughtfully. K through 12 schools spend more than six billion dollars a year on electricity. That’s more money than we spent buying textbooks and computers COMBINED. When you plug something into a wall outlet like a charger or a power strip and leave, it still burns electricity.
We thought of some ways to stop wasting electricity. You might want to unplug electric things when you aren’t using them, because it will save on your electric bill. If you leave tvs on just for background noise you use more energy than if you just turned on your radio. Keep your heat at 65 degrees and your air conditioner at 80 degrees. Turn off lights when you aren’t using them.
If we all pay attention to not wasting electricity, not only will we be saving money, but we will help the earth. Don’t you think that’s a good thing to do?
Pesticide in your backyard
Our Eco-health class at the Middle School is talking about how we could make our town a better place. One thing that is a big problem is that we need to stop putting so many pesticides in our backyard. Lots of animals and insects are dying or are endangered, because we put too much pesticide in our backyard.
Insects, especially bees, are dying off because instead of collecting pollen from the flowers in our backyards, they collect pesticides which can cause bees to die. Not only are the bees dying because of pesticides but also birds, butterflies, and frogs. Even dogs and cats are endangered by poisons! If bees die out all over the world, we won’t have many fruits like peaches or plums.
We know big farms use pesticides and herbicides too, but we kids can’t change that until we are older, but maybe we can change things in our own backyards. Things you can do to help is if you choose to put pesticides on your plants, make sure to read the label before you use it. Pay very close attention to the “environmental hazard” section.
Another thing you can do is if it’s going to rain or if it is raining do NOT put pesticides because then pesticides can get to lakes, water in drains, and streams. The last thing you can do is NOT USE PESTICIDES.
We can also help bees by planting our own gardens with flowers that bees love. Not only is it pretty, but it is helpful, too.
Kimberly Garcia and Jacqueline Gonzalez