As environmental problems arise and the clear effects it has had on humanity are reflected, we still manage to somehow ignore the cause. You can have Michael Jordan promote air quality while the production of the bottled water he used in the commercial produced more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide. I believe a key aspect in order to promote urban sustainability is to understand it. It is then our duty to efficiently educate our peers.
As a regular commuter, I take advantage of the city’s transportation through CTA if not, I occasionally ride my bike to my destinations. I find this an easy task given it is affordable and of course resourceful. Something I am also grateful for is my contribution to my community’s recent engagement in “urban revitalization” through our variety of vegetable gardens.
During my first day this semester, I noticed categorized disposal bins around the UIC campus. However, I more than often do not give much thought when throwing away trash. This is much due to a sudden rush to get somewhere or in most cases plain ignorance. Another unsustainable habit I have yet to fix is my heavy water consumption. How is that unsustainable you may ask? I have a filter at home and use it regularly, but when I am not at home I find myself constantly purchasing water bottles, a major impact on someone else’s community. The average American used 167 disposable water bottles, but only recycled 38. In reality, even if you recycle the U.S’s recycling rate for plastic is only 23%, that equals to about 38 billion water bottles. Imagine that, a landfill of water bottles just stacking up in a beach, or someone’s backyard. Change starts with us, our city.
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