5 Simple Ways To Save The World

5 Simple Ways To Save The World

5 easy ways to lessen your load on Mother Earth.

The most important goal of this century, no matter the country and regardless of culture; saving the world from its imminent doom. Without debate, there is nothing more relevant in the year 2016 than personal and communal dedication to raising awareness and involvement in Environmental Sustainability and Conservation. As we continue to harm our only planet with carbon emission, deforestation, and water waste, we push ourselves further and further away from a healthy future. For students here at the University of WI-Milwaukee, we are surrounded by great opportunities to fully immerse yourself in saving Planet Earth and limiting the amount of harm you cause. From small changes in habit to monumental impacts on our environment, it’s never too late to get involved whether you are a green-freak or just learning how to get a start. To help you out, here are a few simple habits anyone can get into to cut back and conserve. (And ultimately save the world!)

1. Get a Reusable Water Bottle!

If you are like me, you always like to have water with you to bring where ever you go. This is a great habit to be in; however, the convenience of plastic water bottles is truthfully terrible for our planet. Try finding a canteen or bottle that you can customize with stickers to cut back on the plastic, and still have water when you need it.

2. Recycle!

Though it seems simple enough, it's sadly not a habit all people have adopted. But it’s just so easy, and impact is incredible. If you do find yourself using plastic, like for a water bottle for example, do the Earth a favor and toss it in the correct bin. The materials can be reused and will not end up in the ground or ocean. Very important.

3. Walk, Bike, Bus!

It all comes back to convenience, doesn't it? Just because you have a car, doesn't mean you no longer have legs. Everything on the East Side is walking distance, and if not, bublr distance! Just google "uwm bublr bikes" to get your free pass! Bublr stationed have popped up all over Milwaukee! In addition, try an always use the bus system when you can, like community car pooling. (Also included in UWM tuition).

4. Shop local!

Buying local products is an often overlooked step in helping to save the world. But think about this; if you drink beer from California, it took more gas to get here than a brew from right here in Milwaukee. In this way, you reduce the emissions you not only use, but "consume" too! This goes for groceries like meat and produce and clothing as well. Farmers markets and Goodwill are great places to start keeping it local.

5. Volunteer!

Reaching out into your own community is perhaps the best and most direct way to truly making an impact. Organizations like Groundwork Milwaukee and Growing Power are always open to volunteer work, and Conservation Club here at UWM is full of opportunities to help out. Projects like gardens, clean ups, and pulls of invasive species are all options when thinking about playing your part in saving the world.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.

Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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To The Generation That Might Not Care, A Green New Deal Is Crucial

Take care of our planet and our future.


The reality of climate change and method to address the issue has been a source of contention in the United States for far too long. While Republicans trail behind Democrats a great deal in the percentage who believe long-term, irreversible climate change is a real problem, an equally if not more important gap to acknowledge is that between generations.

A universally taught science concept in elementary school is the difference between weather and climate. Weather is the day-to-day condition of the atmosphere — rainy, sunny, etc. Climate is the weather of a particular geographic location over a long period of time. The weather in an area may be snowy on a particular January day but might overall have a warm climate (Trump has yet to learn this concept).

The gap between generational support for not only believing in the reality of climate change but if the government should take steps to prevent further harm on our planet is apparent. A few reasons that older generations may not support aggressive climate change policies are that many are not going to see the lasting impact of their harmful actions, may not want to acknowledge that their way of life for a majority of their life was detrimental to the environment, or that they simply do not think it is the government's role to further regulate current practices and lifestyles in the name of the environment (an argument supported by many conservatives).

Data For Progress

The "Green New Deal," proposed earlier this month by Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Edward Markey is mainly a list of ideas and goals rather than a carefully laid-out plan, though aims to eliminate greenhouse emissions through the creation of millions of jobs in the renewable energy industry, moving toward public ownership (a major source of disagreement among Republicans and Democrats), and much more. This plan is a comprehensive overview of many sources of environmental degradation that our nation has not addressed, despite the majority of the nation believing the climate change is a real issue.

There will undoubtedly be a major shift in the operations of many companies due to aggressive climate change policies, which could have been avoided at a drastic level if our nation had chosen to make climate change prevention a priority. Unfortunately, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, global temperatures will rise to an irreversible level in 12 years if the United States and other countries that greatly contribute to rising temperatures do not take action. A sense of urgency has been lacking for far too long is crucial.

Written into the recently proposed Green New Deal is a section detailing how it will attempt to remedy the inequality of those most directly impacted by climate change. Vulnerable communities, particularly communities of color, are not seeing an equitable distribution in disaster funding to prevent damage inflicted by the increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters that have resulted as an increase in rising global temperatures — Which, regardless of your age, should be a glaring flaw in our current system.

I personally doubt that the entirety of the recently proposed Green New Deal will be enacted, however, I believe that anyone who values the quality of human life, clean air, clean water, food sources, for not just those in the United States, but around the world, should be supportive of a Green New Deal.

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