Livin’ Green- But What Does it Mean?

As many of you know, this past month was home to CRI’s LivinGreen Challenge, where students made a pledge to live environmentally conscious for either 10, 20, or 30 full days. Their motives were one in the same- to prove to themselves that they can reduce their carbon footprint and do right by our planet.

The goal of LivinGreen was to show participants how their behaviors were negatively affecting our environment and offer alternative ways to live that will begin to reverse those negativities. So on the agenda for these participants was a full month of reducing, reusing, and recycling. Some carpooled, rode bikes, began using reusable bags and water bottles, bought BRITA filters, and even planted their own gardens as a way to replenish the earth.

Now that the challenge is over, I am left thinking, “What did it mean?”

>Yes, the challenge helped reduce Georgia Southern’s footprint on the environment, but it is the lessons learned by participants that is the real benefit. The challenge instilled a lifetime of livin’ green habits that will hopefully trickle down from student to student. It served as a stepping stone for students to begin taking the green habits they acquired during the challenge and integrate them into their lifestyle.

The challenge also meant a call for students to think about how their actions are effecting the environment. “Do I really need to drive there, or is it close enough to walk?” or “Should I throw away this plastic bottle, or take the effort to either reuse it or walk it to the recycling bin?” are the types of questions we need to ask ourselves every day.

Now even if you did not participate in the LivinGreen Challenge, I encourage all of you to create a personal challenge against yourself to live green. Maybe you will challenge yourself to walk to campus instead of driving. Or maybe the challenge will be to buy a BRITA filter instead of a 24-pack of Deer Spring on your next Wal-Mart trip. Or maybe you’ll challenge yourself to join a student organization devoted to our earth, such as SAGE or Keep Bulloch Beautiful.

However you choose to challenge yourself, just remember that even one small change will help. And even if we ponder what this LivinGreen Challenge meant, more importantly we need to think about what the environment means to us and how to protect it.

Before I sign off, I would just like to congratulate Jenn Velie, Rashidat Amanda Bakar, and Chris Megler for winning the LivinGreen Challenge this year. Jenn won a LivinGreen home package, Rashidat won a kindle, and Chris won a bike!

CRI Till You Die!
-Michelle

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