When deciding on what everyday action I could change to improve the environment, I took to the internet to find out my options. I went through multiple lists of steps one can take to be environmentally conscious, and I came across the use of paper on the website for the World Wildlife Fund (for Nature). The consumption and use of paper is a big part of my life. Being a college student; and more importantly, an english major; I go through tons of paper on a daily basis. Whether I am printing out ten page research paper drafts, or taking notes for five classes, the use of paper is pretty prominent in my life. Although it is beneficial for me helps to keep me organized, it is not beneficial for the environment in which I live.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, the use of paper is increasing all around the globe. We use around one million tons of paper every single day. Although paper is biodegradable and can be easily disposed of, it’s how we actually get the material to make the paper that is damaging. As we all know, paper is made from trees. There is a great demand for paper all over the globe, and you know how the supply & demand scheme works out. The more we want it, the more companies will make it and sell it to us. It’s all about profit, but this means to gain profit is hurting our world. Trees are being uprooted, and chopped down. Deforestation is becoming a wide spread phenomenon. Not only are we destroying the homes of millions of animals and in turn causing species to become endangered, we are also creating an atmosphere with a decreasing amount of oxygen. Although we don’t often think about it, we are dependent on these natural forests for our survival. They literally give us the air we breathe.
So this semester, and hopefully for the rest of my life, I have decided to go green (as much as possible.) Instead of taking notes down on paper, I will use an electronic device, whether it be on my phone, iPad, or Macbook. Also, instead of printing out drafts for editing, I will edit on an electronic device, and ask my professors if I can turn in final drafts electronically as well. I hope that my efforts will be at least a small contribution to the salvation and restoration of our environment.
Below is the website for the World Wildlife Fund, which shows ways that you too can help stop deforestation and save the trees.