Back in my high school days, I was a very active member of the Alliance for Climate Education (http://www.acespace.org/), national non-profit organization dedicated to educating high school students about climate change and motivating them to do something about it. Ever since I began college I have still been following them and taking inspiration from their actions. One of their campaigns that will always resonate with me is their DOT campaign. A DOT is a pledge to “Do One Thing” to help the environment. Whether it is using a reusable water bottle or unplugging electronics, whatever you choose to do will contribute to the greater good of sustainability. Together out DOTs can make a huge difference!
My DOT is to abstain from using the plastic forks/spoons/knives I usually get when I get to-go during my lunch breaks and use my own reusable and portable spork.
According to a study done by the EPA, in 2009 the United States generated 13 million tons of plastics waste from containers and packaging, and 7 million tons of nondurable plastic waste. Only 7 percent was recovered for recycling. Furthermore, when plastics break down, they don’t biodegrade; they photodegrade. This means the materials break down to smaller toxic fragments which contaminate soil, waterways, and animals upon digestion and lead to an increase in carbon dioxide and methane content in the atmosphere.
What’s your DOT? Take a pledge by clicking on our “Get Started!” tab and share your DOT with the community!