Opinion

Small changes, big results in reducing footprint

An editorial from The Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Turn the lights off when leaving a room. Plant a tree. Take shorter showers. Carpool to work.

These are just a few ways people can reduce their carbon footprint.

Today, people around the globe are uniting their efforts to help lead the next generation toward a greener lifestyle that will benefit the world for many generations to come. The theme for Earth Day 2015 is “It’s Our Turn to Lead.”

Today marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, and more than 1 billion people in 192 countries will participate in some kind of activity to commemorate the day, which organizers describe as the “largest civic observance in the world.”

Marion County might just be one community in a whole world full of those committed to change, but even a few simple changes are steps in the right direction. Families can encourage each other to make changes at home. Students, teachers and administrators can make changes at school. Business leaders can also increase awareness, all in a united effort to create a greener footprint.

The Times West Virginian is just one of several local businesses working toward a smaller footprint. This very newsprint used is made of 30-some percent recycled content, and the rest is virgin pulp. In addition, the newspaper has its own in-house recycling process to make sure that an adequate supply of recycled newsprint is available.

Plus, the newspaper pays attention to the newspaper racks and the amount of leftover copies so it is not creating waste by printing too much product. The office uses 100 percent soy based ink, as opposed to petroleum-based products, and the cleaners used as solvents on the press are more eco-friendly as well…

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