How To Help Our Home

How To Help Our Home

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It’s no secret that the temperatures on Earth have been rising for some time now. Some people had the mildest winter they’ve experienced in their lifetimes, and others didn’t really have a “winter” at all. This has become such an issue that important figures are starting to call attention to it. 2016 presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, says that global warming is the planet's biggest threat right now. Famous and well-respected actor, Leonardo Dicaprio, emphasized in his Oscar winning speech how we all need to educate ourselves on the betterment of the environment. They do not speak of this issue for fun; they speak of it because it is becoming a dangerous and overwhelming concern. Not only does the environment receive direct harm, but also animals and humans do as well. We all can do our part even if it’s small, it still makes the difference we need to see.

1. Don’t litter. This is the most obvious and easy way to help our planet. Simply don’t litter. There will be a trashcan within your reach by the end of the day, I promise you. Be patient and be smart.

2. Recycle! Glass, plastic, paper, and more! Technology these days have allowed for so much reuse of resources, we’re stupid if we don’t take advantage of it. Almost every where you go, you have the option to recycle, so if you know something can be saved and reused please throw it in the recycling bin. Letting things go to waste is pointless.

3. Take shorter showers. Did you know that America uses five times more fresh water than any other country on the planet? Although we may not realize it, accessible fresh water is becoming an issue to many, and it isn’t right of us to take advantage of our shower time while others are looking for a glass to drink to stay alive. After four minutes you are clean enough…. get out.

4. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. This is one I just started doing and it’s as easy as it sounds! Many of us leave the water running the entire time we brush our teeth and it is simply a waste of clean water. Turn off the faucet until you need it again.

5. Use both sides of the paper when you print! Not only will it take up less room in your binder, but also it will take up less energy on Earth.

6. Stop buying bottled water. 90 percent of water bottles aren’t recycled. Using a reusable water bottle is a lifesaver. You save plastic and also get a creative and durable source to hold whatever you may be drinking.

7. Do as much as you can online or with technology. Now-a-days, you can almost do anything on a computer. There is online banking, online bill pay, online shopping, and so much more. None of this involves physical mail, which means saving paper!

8. Get reusable grocery bags. Yes, I know, they aren’t the most attractive bags to walk around holding, but it’s for your groceries…who cares! Millions of plastic grocery bags are used and thrown away within the same day. If you get reusable ones you can cut this number down by half!

9. Change your light bulbs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs save much more energy than regular ones. It’s a cheap and easy switch to do next time you have three minutes of down time.

10. Share! As I said earlier, one person can make the difference, and if that one person shares their knowledge to others, the difference can become a phenomenon. Whatever you know about the well being of Earth and how to protect it and its inhabitants you should relay to others. They, too, can help save our very own home.

















Cover Image Credit: http://calrotaract.org/2009/04/apr-25-berkeley-earth-day-civic-center-park-berkeley/

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?

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Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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