Living in a Green World

Illustration: Ozone depletion map

Courtesy NASA

Scientists around the globe agree that we all must do our share to take care of our planet. This means making changes to our daily lives to reduce global warming and reducing the use of chemicals that deplete the Earth's protective ozone layer.

Green is a term that many people use to talk about taking care of the planet and not overusing the resources that we all share. If you want to make a difference, the best way to start is to follow these three principles:

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

Reduce means to use less of everything: less energy, less paper, less gas, and less water. It means to ride a bike or drive a hybrid car, and to turn off the water when you are brushing your teeth.

Reuse means to find new uses for your old products. Turn a pair of jeans into a cool purse, or use broken flower pots and create mosaic for a table or photo frame. Use newspapers to make papier mache art for a friend.

Recycle means to take your used products like cans, bottles, plastics, and paper and donate them to groups that turn them into new products.