Save the Planet

The air, water, earth and trees, are all a part of the environment in which humanity lives. Each of these parts of the planet is necessary in order for humans to survive and thrive. Unfortunately, the daily activities of living, such as driving, cleaning and using electricity, often have a detrimental impact on the environment. For example, according to the Environmental Defense Fund, automobiles in the United States release 314 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that affects the Earth's atmosphere and its oceans. Oceans absorb an average of 22 million tons of carbon dioxide daily, which has begun to affect the chemistry of the water, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory. In addition, according to the most recent data in early 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency reports that Americans generated roughly 250 tons of trash in 2010 alone, which contributes to rising landfills.

Environmentalism can be defined as a movement to improve the environment through actions of the government and ordinary citizens. Certain actions may be as simple as changing household products that are used, while other actions are more difficult to implement and would require large-scale changes. As a result of environmentalism, many people and business are making environmentally friendly, or eco-friendly, changes that affect day-to-day operations. This is often referred to as "going green." In an effort to go green, people are continuously looking for ways to reduce pollution and waste, as well as cut energy costs and usage. One way that people are reducing waste is to reuse and recycle items. In the 2010 study by the EPA, of the 250 tons of garbage, 34 percent was recycled or composted.

Plants

Planet Releaf: Environmental tips from the Roots & Shoots Canada Forest Campaign website. This resource focuses on actions that individuals can take to help the environment, such as using recycled material and planting trees.

The Nature Conservancy: The forest conservation section of the Nature Conservancy's website. Visitors to this site can find a wealth of information about the history of forest conservation, the ways in which it has benefited the United States, and how the concept of conservation is being sold to the rest of the world.

Mongabay: Mongabay is an organization dedicated to using peer-reviewed information sources to educate readers, particularly children, about the environment, particularly rain forests. Children who visit this website can learn about environmental protection and restoration, as well as environmentally friendly consumer lifestyles.

Chicago Botanic Garden Plant Conservation Science Initiative: An organization dedicated to the preservation of plant species around the world. This website offers visitors a wealth of information about the importance of plant life and the threats that imperil the survival of many plant species. Readers can find out tips on conservation and how to contribute to the plant conservation effort.

How to Save Plants - Approaches to Plant Conservation: The Botanical Gardens Conservation International website's section for plant conservation information. This informative resource contains advice on not only plant conservation, but also tips on sustainable living, which enable people to adopt a lifestyle which minimizes their negative impact on the environment.

Plant A Billion Trees: A campaign by The Nature Conservancy to save Brazil's rainforests by working with various organizations to turn every donated dollar into a planted tree. Interested readers can find advice on how to start their own tree planting organization and information about why this project is important.

USDA PLANTS: Threatened and Endangered Plants: An online catalog of threatened and endangered plants, maintained by the United States Department of Agriculture. Visitors can use this resource to search for information on threatened and endangered plant species by state, growth habits, wetland status, and other criteria.

The Guardian: Biodiversity: A news article by The Guardian, discussing the magnitude of the threats facing plant species around the world. Currently up to 20 percent of all plant species face extinction.

Water

Seminole County Environmental Services: A Seminole County article regarding the importance of conserving water. This article includes information about where the water comes from and the dangers of using too much of the water supply.

Eartheasy: 25 Ways to Conserve Water in the Home and Yard: A page on the Eartheasy website that provides tips on water conservation. The page gives 15 tips on water conservation in the home and 10 tips on water conservation in the yard and the garden,

Water Conservation Facts and Tips: The website for the Sunnyslope County Water District. This webpage provides a bulleted list of tips on conserving water. It also includes facts about rainfall and water in general.

One Hundred Ways to Conserve: The Water Use it Wisely website is a website about using water in a wise manner. The linked page includes a list of 100 ways that people can conserve water in and around the home.

Water Conservation - Be Water Smart, Not Water Short: This is on the website for the State of Washington Department of Ecology. The website reviews ways that excess water is used around the home. It also offers ideas and solutions on how water can be conserved at home, in educational environments and farms. Another area that is covered on the page is how water and wastewater utilities can help customers in their conservation efforts.

Conserving Water: This is a page from University of Minnesota. The page explains and discusses Shoreland Best Management Practices (BMPs). This includes discussing why conservation of water is important and how much water is used for different purposes around the home.

Energy

Energy Savers Guide: This resource leads to the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Savers Guide. The guide provides tips on saving both money and energy at home. The page includes links to different sections in the guide as well as a downloadable PDF guide.

Conserve Energy and Money: A resource that discusses how to save money while saving energy. The linked page discusses how to make a wise choice when switching to energy-efficient systems and explains the different types of systems, energy sources and equipment.

Consumer Tips to Save Energy and Money: The California Energy Commission Consumer Energy Center. This page provides a number of energy-saving tips for the summer, winter, schools and for cars.

Flex Your Power Energy Saving Tips: A page on the Flex Your Power website. The page gives readers tips on how they can reduce their energy usage without spend much if any money. Free tips include everyday steps that can be taken to reduce usage while low-cost tips include inexpensive purchases that can help reduce the cost of energy usage.

Energy Conservation Plan: The Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Conservation Plan page. This page offers a brief discussion about energy conservation and its benefits. Includes links to a number of different tools, such as policy and planning, regulatory, technical, financial, and other tools.

Types of Renewable Energy: A page on the Renewable Energyworld.com website. This page gives a brief explanation of renewable energy and its difference from traditional non-renewable sources. The page also provides examples of different types of renewable energy sources, such as the sun and ocean energy for example.

Tips

Environmental Tips: All Eco Tips: This resource provides environmental tips for reducing waste. Part of the tips on this page are given in a series of steps. Readers of this page will find tips on reducing food waste, creating a safe, non-toxic home and eliminating waste at work and in the yard. Tips on the conservation of energy and water are also given.

Environmentally Friendly Green Tips: This resource is a page from the Union Plus website. It provides useful tips for people who want to lead a more green lifestyle.

Areas covered on this page include, green jobs, how to save gas, home improvements, recycling and what homeowners should never buy.

Washington Township Environmental Commission: This resource lists environmental tips from Washington Township. The tips include ways that people can reduce waste and save energy on a daily basis. These tips include ways to reduce to eco-friendly around the home and in the car.

Going Green: Environmental Tips for Your Family: This resource covers eco-friendly tips from the Family Education website. The page does this by providing links to articles about green living. Sections to linked topics include environmental activities for kids, organic gardening, raising environment-friendly kids, household environmental tips, and featured green tips.

Environmental Tips: This resource is a page from MassRecycle. It provides environmental tips in several areas, such as shopping and gift giving. Viewers of this page will also find helpful environmental tips that apply to the home, office and school.

EarthShare Green Tips: EarthShare is a non-profit organization that supports the environmental cause and efforts. This web page includes links to eco-friendly tips for the fall, winter, spring and summer.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection: Tip of the Week: The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's web page for environment-friendly tips. The eco-friendly tips on this page cover how to go green in general, in the home, in the office and while traveling.

Water Conservation For Kids: Tips for children to teach them about water conservation. This resource is hosted and maintained by the government of the state of Utah.

Bert & Phil's Water Busters: A web-based computer game hosted by the government of the city of Seattle, Washington. It is a water conservation simulator that is designed to be both fun and informative.

Kids Going Green

Clearwater Marine Aquarium's Kid Zone: The website for the home of Winter, a rescued dolphin and favorite attraction at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Children who visit the Kid Zone will find information about Winter's Dolphin Tale Adventure, and resources about how to get involved in protecting the environment.

National Geographic: Kids: The children's outreach section of National Geographic Magazine. Young readers will find interesting attractions such as Zipper's Green Tips, which is dedicated to teaching children how to get involved in protecting the environment. Advice on recycling and reducing waste are among the many informative subjects addressed here.

Stratford, Naturally: Environmental Tips for Kids: The City of Stratford, Ontario's water conservation website for kids. Children will find tips on how to prevent the wasteful usage of water, presented in a kid-friendly format. Visitors will also find additional resources that address issues concerning air pollution and energy conservation.

Energy Star: Kids: The United States Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency's kid-friendly educational resource portal. Contains fun facts, information on global warming, and a wealth of tips on how children can get involved in conserving energy.

TVA Kids: A kid-friendly website hosted by Tennessee Valley Authority. Children will find information about how to conserve electricity and water, including how to deal with energy vampires, and educational pages about solar energy. Kids can also learn about LED lighting and green building construction by visiting this website.

Kids Saving Energy: The United States Department of Energy's conservation portal for kids. Contains educational material about energy conservation and renewable energy. Children will also find entertaining quizzes and web-based games to help them learn about these subjects, and there is also a section for teachers and parents.

Brain Pop Jr.: Rainforests: A movie about rainforests, aimed at adults who want to educate children about the subject of environmentalism. This resource is both educational and it also instructs parents on how to present the material to kids.

Species in the Rainforest: Thinkquest's rainforest biodiversity education portal. Visitors to this website will find information about the many species in the world's rainforests, as well as species that are endangered. Readers can also learn about what can be done to protect the rainforests from further losses by human actions.

Free Rice: This information portal is a United Nations World Food Programme project to fight world hunger. Visitors can help by playing a vocabulary game in which each correct answer will be rewarded by a donation of rice to poor people around the world.