COLUMN: Environmental responsibility is easier than finding a new planet

Thursday, April 21, 2011 | 11:34 a.m. CDT
The LOL's are Alison Jung, Jordan Wyner and Zoey Larsen

Editor's note: This team-written column is one in a series of five about Earth Day, all written from a different life perspective.

Dear fellow Earthlings:


We won't judge you for the clothes on your back or the thoughts in your head, but do something stupid and we'll let you know.

Ali, Zoey and Jordan are editors at Vox Magazine in Columbia and senior journalism students at MU.

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Ever heard the saying there's no place like home? Well, it's true. There isn't another Earth. Once we've polluted and destroyed this one, we're done.

It's time to get smart, people.

Take all the cardboard in your life, for example. Boxes from food, packages, six-packs and shopping all add up. How hard is it to just put them on the curb for recycling rather than expending all the extra energy to make them fit in your trashcan? Being green can actually save you time and effort. Just saying.

Parties are great, but buying five cases of Natty and throwing all 120 cans in the trash afterward is not. Here's a term: social responsibility. One person's reluctance to care about the planet we live on affects all 7 billion of us. It affects every generation after us, too. Wise up.

The world is not an ashtray. Driving along with no place to put your nub of a cigarette? Your planning skills need to improve immediately. Don't throw that burning stick of death out your window and into the path of my vehicle. That's just stupid.

Take it from us, people. This world is the only home we have, at least until we build a space station or some other futuristic nonsensical home. So let's keep it clean, keep it green and keep it in one piece for all future (and let's hope less stupid) generations to come.

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