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“As an ecologist, I ask political candidates if they will fully fund parks going forward? And also see if they're strategic about the placement of green spaces in regard to animal conservation.”
Jamie + Stephen
“We know that the chemicals we put in the earth today have adverse consequences decades later. We should invest the time to study these chemicals... now.”
“An 'environmentalist' is someone who protects and nurtures the environment. I try my best for the environment, so I suppose I am one.”
Cia + Melissa
“We agree: environmental protection definitely requires collective change, but that starts with individual action. What’s most important are community-driven efforts.”
“Working on a college campus, I see students making sure there’s no littering. Together they create a culture that protects the environment. People take heed, and then change their behavior as a group.”
“Because I am new to the US, I’m curious about the use of air-conditioning. Could we rely less on AC to save electricity?”
“‘We need the courage to stand up to entities that are more focused on short-term profits than on sustainability. We practice being an environmentalist by doing the right things, such as water conservation, supporting sustainable agriculture, and using sustainable energy. And by supporting businesses that demonstrate they are socially and environmentally sound, like the local co-op."
“To be green, I make sure to turn off unneeded lights we have on in the house, and replace regular light bulbs with CFLs – we’re super diligent about that!”
“An 'environmentalist' recognizes the inter-connectedness of all beings with the earth. One who recognizes that we wouldn’t be here - and that we won't last - if the earth doesn’t survive. I strive to be one every day."
“One of the ways I save energy is - depending on the season - I lower the heat or air-conditioning use when I’m not home. There’s no need to heat or cool my house when there’s no one there."
“When it comes to chemical regulation, I feel that as consumers we have a right to know what we’re buying and how it’s affecting us, our pets, and the environment.”
“For protecting the environment, it’s important to stay current with credible information from a variety of sources. Gathering ideas on what actions an individual can take – like eating local, recycling, growing your own vegetables in an environmentally friendly way – helps collective change."
“I feel frustrated. Not just as a researcher but also, and even more so, as a mom. It’s hard to explain to my young kids why I won’t allow them to consume foods and drinks containing dangerous chemicals when their friends are.”
"I ride my bike. Everywhere. Every day."
"If every person makes small, easy behavior changes, the impact is significant on a collective level. That said, government policies that affect collective behavior (for example, minimum vehicle MPG requirements or carbon offset credits) are also important.”
"To reduce my invidual consumption of crucial natural resources, I live in a co-op. Together, we share and trade what we need."
“An 'environmentalist' is someone who’s concerned about preserving our world for future generations. I’ve been recycling for over 20 years and am always finding ways to preserve the environment.”
“Changing course in support of our environment will take all of us. I can do my part by asking myself what little changes I can make to shrink my footprint, and putting those ideas into action.”
“I identify as an 'environmentalist' because to me it means building a relationship with nature. I cultivate relationships with edible and medicinal plants, the stones, the water. I spend time just being in and with nature, listening and observing."
“For me, individual action is key. Like showing my daughter how to recycle plastic bottles instead of throwing them away. Passing knowledge onto others is very important for protecting the environment.”
“Chemical regulation is vital. I personally contracted allergic dermatitis from chemicals that have been tested alone, but not tested when used in many household products – everything from deodorant to dish washing detergent.”
“I’m scared of what the lack of chemical testing and regulation do to me, to my friends, and to my community. Not to mention, to the soil and the plants!”
“This year, I'm asking candidates running for office: 'What actions are you taking to reduce future pollution?'”
“We should explore more possibilities of solar energy. It’s one of our most abundant resources, and it’s easily captured.”
“I conserve energy by riding my bicycle around town everywhere I go – no matter what the weather is, and how silly it is to be on a bicycle!”
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