Baby Steps to a more Sustainable Lifestyle

There have always been two sides to whether climate change is real. Some believe in it, others don’t. Those who do believe in it try and make conscious decisions on how whether or not it will affect the environment. On the other side though, they don’t try to fix small problems at all. Surprising enough though, the environmental concerns about the environment concern the poor the most. Environmental conservation is a luxury that the poor cannot afford, relating back to the reading of Yes, Taking Sides Environmental Degradation. The poor lives closer to factories which causes effects on health. The reason the poor live close to these factories is because the housing is cheaper by them. They are forced into unsustainable practices, because right now living sustainable is more expensive.

As I came across RILA and went to the sustainability tag, I read through some articles and really learned a lot when it was talking about sustainability and the environment. It talks about how RILA works with lawmakers that range from state, federal and local to teach them how they can make the citizens more sustainable and put laws out there. RILA tries to get companies to be more ethical in factories which is something that is important for me with child labors. In one of my articles, I had read it says that children work 10+ hours a day to only make one dollar, which is truly sad that underdeveloped countries to allow their children to work under such hard conditions without there being a law behind that.

In these past few years, I have been trying to live more sustainably and use multi-use items. Like drinking my water out of a reusable metal water bottle rather than drinking hundreds of plastic water bottles that just end up in landfills. And using metal straws to help save the ocean and marine life that lives in it. As stated in the Post Disposable Design Challenge, there is predicted to be more plastic in the ocean than fish by the year 2050. By using metal straws and reusable water bottles, we can reverse this effect.

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