10 Ways To Help The Planet Even If The United States Isn't Following The Paris Agreement

10 Ways To Help The Planet Even If The United States Isn't Following The Paris Agreement

We must do our part before it's too late.

On June 1, 2017, many individuals were left extremely disappointed by President Donald Trump's decision to back out of the Paris Agreement. For those of you who don't know, the Paris Agreement was created to deal with the impact of climate change. The non-binding agreement was signed by more than 190 countries. The United States is now one of three countries that aren't participating, alongside Syria and Nicaragua. As American citizens, we unfortunately don't have a say in Trump's decisions made involving the future of our environment. However, as individuals we do have the power to make conscious decisions towards the fight against climate change. Instead of harping over social media about how upsetting Trump's decision to opt out of the agreement was, we must actively work toward a brighter future. Although they might be extremely obvious, these easy, everyday decisions are crucial to doing our part for the betterment of our environment.

1. Eat less meat

The resources used to produce meat directly impacts the environment. Choosing to avoid meat for just a few meals out of the week is a simple way to help, especially when 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions are from meat and dairy production.

2. Fix your lights

A big misconception is that simply turning off the lights in a room when you leave is the only way to help the environment. Switch to compact fluorescent or LED lights instead.

3. Hang-dry your clothes

Clothes shrink in the dryer anyway. Hanging your clothes to dry is an easy way to conserve energy.

4. Re-think the way you travel

Not only are plane tickets expensive, they're a big contributor to climate pollution. Avoid wasting as much fuel by choosing to take a bus or a train.

5. Recycle

It's the most obvious way to help the environment. If your apartment complex doesn't recycle, see if they will start if enough people ask!

6. Use energy efficient appliances

A huge misconception is that these appliances are extremely expensive, but really they will lower your electric bill.

7. Eat naturally

Eating organically and naturally is now the new craze and it's a good thing that everyone is doing it. The factories used to produce processed food require a lot of energy.

8. Use a towel instead of a paper towel

This sounds so simple, but it is such an easy way to avoid the waste of paper towels.

9. Drive less

It's an easy way to avoid wasting energy. Carpool, walk or ride a bike. Gas for your car is expensive anyway.

10. Get a programmable thermostat

Another misconception is that it will be expensive to get one installed. It saves energy, therefore it saves you money.

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45 Things Day Care Workers Say All Too Often

Toddlers are pretty much tiny, drunk people.

Being the keeper of tiny humans can be a very interesting job. You are constantly breaking up arguments, cleaning up messes, trying to keep them safe, and telling them not to do things that are well, sometimes pretty weird. They do and say the strangest things that'll make you wonder what is really going on in their little heads.

1. "No no no, don't do *something crashes to the floor* ....that."

2. "Bubbles in your mouths every body!"

3. "No, we don't eat our friend's snack."

4. "Hands to yourself."

5. "Get off of the table before you hurt yourself."

6. "Why do we even give them spoons?"

7. "We don't put toys in our mouths"

8. "Did you wash your hands?"

9. "Where do we run? Where are we right now?"

10. "Where are your shoes?"

11. "We don't talk like that here."

12. "Go tell them you're sorry"

13. "Get your finger out of your nose"

14. "Inside voices please!"

15. "Every one find a buddy."

16. "Ew ew ew, some body get me a tissue!"

17. "How did your shoes untie already? I just tied them five minutes ago."

18. "We do nice with our hands."

19. "Oh god, it's spaghetti day."

20. "Please, do not put noodles in your hair."

21. "Hold hands until we are on the play ground!"

22. "5 little monkeys jumping on the bed, one fell off and bumped his head..."

23. "Do you have to poop?"

24. "Well you should at least try."

25. "Why didn't you go to the potty before we went outside."

26. "If I hear "Let it go" one more time..."

27. "Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity dog.."

28. "Mommy and Daddy will come back, I promise."

29. "No, no biting!"

30. "She had it first, you'll just have to wait until she's done."

31. "Ew, why are you dipping everything in applesauce?"

32. "Now, are you going to eat the vegetable with the ranch or just the ranch?"

33. "Then why did you say you weren't eating snack?"

34. "Put your arms back in your sleeves."

35. *Five minutes before closing* "Where are your parents??"

36. "I finally got him to sleep, everyone be quiet."

37. *You see one eye open* "Oh no..."

38. "Wow, all your kids are still sleeping!?" (We wish we said this more often)

39. "Don't eat that, it was on the floor!"

40. "Glue the google eyes on here." *puts the eyes anywhere but there*

41. "Stop fighting over who's going to turn off the lights, you'll get a turn tomorrow."

42. "Don't shove so much food in your mouth at once, you'll choke!"

43. "Chew and swallow your food before you get up."

45. "Don't touch anything until we wash your hands!"

As weird as these small people are, they are some of the sweetest beings on the planet. And although they drive you crazy, at the end of the day, they make you love your job.

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To My Dogs As I Leave For Australia

Don't worry, I will always come back.

Anyone who goes away to school and leaves their dogs behind knows that the struggle is real. All you ever want to do is see their face and cuddle them, but the problem is that they need to stay at home. Every time I leave for Pittsburgh, or any trip for that matter, I have to leave my dogs, Thyme and Penny behind. This time, I’m about to leave for Australia so here’s a letter to my two favorite girls.

First of all, I need you to know that leaving you is extremely difficult because I can’t explain to you why I need to leave. It’s hard to watch your little faces and expressions grow more and more worried as more boxes and bags get packed each day. I can see how confused you are while I pack up, and I know that you know that I’m going somewhere, without you. I want you to know that I love you more than anything, and I will always come back.

Secondly, how are you doing? Have you been good girls? Have you chewed any cool toys? Did Mom give you any treats? Did she get you any new fancy toys? Did you get to go on any fun trips?

Finally, I miss you both so much! I talk about you all the time and everyone who knows me, knows about both of you. I have pictures of you everywhere, and of course you’re my phone’s background photo. All my friends love you, and think you’re the most beautiful two labs ever, even the ones who haven’t met you yet.

While I’m gone, take care of our family. Make sure you bark really good and protect them from any squirrels and deer in the yard. Take care of our Banjo, even though he thinks he’s a dog, we all know he’s a cat. Make sure you always jump on Mom, Dad, and John when they get home and most importantly, don’t worry because your summer will still be awesome, even without me. Dad will take you to the pond, on hikes, and on errands, and Mom will sit out in the garden with you. Try not to knock over their morning coffee ladies, they work so hard for us. Also, don't traumatize Splotch, and try not to bust into the pantry, it always makes you sick.

While you’re enjoying your summer, keep in mind that I’ll be back in a few months, and you can look forward to the day I’m back and you can skip out on your crates for a night. We’ll cuddle and sleep in my room (ps. We’ll keep it a secret from Dad). When I’m back, don’t forget to share my bed with me! We’ll snuggle, take Snapchat videos, and watch our favorite shows all night long.I can’t wait to see you again. I love you!


Your favourite big sister, Annie.

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