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Spring Mills Elementary Caption Contest Winners!

Congratulations to Jacob S. and to Zakary K. for coming up with the winning captions for this Earth Day cartoon! Such smart and funny thinking from these up and coming writers and cartoonists!

Blizzards (not the Dairy Queen kind)

You may be thinking to yourself during these recent snow events and record cold temps we’ve been having – “global warming? No way.”

Not so fast. The way I understand it, Michio Kaku, author of “Physics of the Future” explains what’s happening. In a nutshell, as global warming creates more heat it causes more moist air which causes more precipitation. This means more random fluxuations in the weather. In turn, record amounts of snow and storms.

Blizzards. Brought to you by Mother Nature, not the Dairy Queen.

Here’s one simple way to help decrease our contribution of global warming. Move your thermostat down 2° in winter and up 2° in summer. With this one simple adjustment you could save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. So even if it’s hard to imagine global warming is real in these arctic-like temperatures, let’s help Mother Nature out anyway. Maybe she’ll take it easier on us in the future.

Retaining Water

I remember hearing somewhere that in order to save the environment that Jennifer Aniston brushes her teeth in the shower. So, I set out to see if it was true. Yup. Sure enough she does just that. At the Live Earth Concert in ’07 she announced “I take a three-minute shower. I even brush-wash-brush my teeth while I shower. Every two minutes in the shower uses as much water as a person in Africa uses for everything in their life for a whole day.” Point taken.

I’m thinking that in some cases it’s good to retain water.

I’m probably not going to start brushing my teeth in the shower but I am going to shut the tap off while brushing my teeth. According to the EPA the average bathroom faucet flows up to a rate of 2 gallons a minute, and if you shut off the tap while brushing your teeth in the morning and at bedtime you’ll save 8 gallons of water a day. That’s 240 gallons a month – well you get the idea.  I’m thinking that in some cases it’s good to retain water.