April 11, 2012
By David Lewis | Ranger Reporter
“Going green” is a topic often discussed as the price of fuel continues to rise.
This year, April 27 marks Arbor Day, a national holiday that encourages and reminds all to care for the trees and to do whatever possible to take care of the environment.
“I guess it is pretty important when you really think about it,” said Amarillo College student Ashleigh Stevens. “We’re so accustomed to our fast-paced lives that we just forget sometimes how important it is to take care of the environment.”
Arbor Day is celebrated at different times all over the world. The day promotes the planting of trees and awareness of the welfare of the environment.
Not only does it teach the importance of caring for trees, but it helps many to understand the changes they can make to help the environment.
“I guess there are a few things I could change that would be more beneficial to the environment,” said AC student Jared Ross.
Ross said people could change little habits each day that not only would help the environment but mankind as well.
Changes in routine such as riding a bike for short distances instead of using a car not only can save people large amounts of money but also provide exercise that can be helpful to people in the long run.
Recycling is another method that many find to be productive in helping the environment. Benefits of recycling include prevention of wasted materials, reduction of energy usage and reduction of air and water pollution. Most products or materials consisting of paper, glass, plastic and metal can be recycled.
“I guess I could be better at recycling,” said AC student Kelsi Moore. “I’ve never really worried about it too much, but I guess it’s probably not that hard, really.”
Whether it be recycling, riding a bike, disposing of trash in the proper containers or even just the planting of a flower or tree, there are many different ways of “going green.”
Many may not realize the changes they can make or may not even have thought about the welfare of the environment in the past.
Perhaps this year during Arbor Day the words of the well-known Lorax will be better understood: “Yes, I am the Lorax who speaks for the trees, which you seem to be chopping as fast as you please.”