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4 Ways to Remember Your Reusable Bags

March 22, 2012

Go ahead, admit it to yourself, remembering your reusable bag before you go grocery shopping is a difficult task.  Often, when you remember that you have a reusable bag to use, you’re already packing plastic bags with the items you just purchased.  If this happens to you more than once or twice a week, you need to create better ways to remember your reusable bag.  Below are four ways to remember your reusable bag!

 1) Write on a sheet of paper “Don’t Forget Your Reusable Bag” in bold print!  Attach this to your fridge or a place in your house where you’ll be reminded to bring your bag before you go shopping.  This acts as a ‘ prompt,” providing visual reinforcement to aide in changing your “behavior!”Image


2) If you know you’re going shopping at some point in the day, set an alarm on your cell phone that reminds you to bring your reusable bag with you.  This requires you to go shopping at a certain time and setting your alarm prior to your shopping departure. 

 3) Buy multiple reusable bags to store in your house, car, and backpack.  The more reusable bags you have at your convenience, the more likely you are to use reusable bags!  Most online purchasing sites sell reusable bags in sets of 4 for an affordable price.  If you’re anything like me and love professional football, NFL reusable bags are in style!  Support your team and the environment!  Image


4) Get a tattoo!  If you’re that forgetful of using reusable bags, get a tattoo on your hand that reminds you to always use your reusable bags!  


The Quiet Tsunami

March 20, 2012

“If you don’t know, now ya know,” Biggie Smalls once said. Now, if you don’t know that CO2 emissions are increasingly warming our planet, now you know. Last week, Justin Gillis published an article in the New York Times titled “Rising Sea Level Seen as Threat to Coastal U.S.” It’s unfortunate that an issue such as rising sea level still remains a political issue of little salience. However, if scientists like Dr. Ken Miller of the Rutgers Geological Sciences department are warning us that by 2100 New Jersey might see sea level rise to a level worth worrying about, shouldn’t we act now?

It is difficult to precisely gauge scientific data to the “tee” when it comes to predicting the exact year for a disaster to occur. Scientists say the Yellowstone volcano is estimated to erupt now, but now can be 50,000 years down the road. This makes people hesitant to act about environmental issues. Even worse it makes people totally indifferent to science. This causes an article like the one I mention to easily be pushed in the “back pages.” If we wait long enough to act, we’ll be sideswiped by a quiet tsunami.

Most scientists agree that by 2100, many of the United States coastal regions will see a sea level rise of almost 1 meter. Although 2100 appears to be a long time away, it is not. The time to act is now. Unfortunately, awareness and individual environmental sacrifices will not be enough to change this problem. Policy that addresses this problem is the only solution.  Yes, it is terrifying that politicians are the only people who can prevent sea level rise.  However, I urge New Jersey citizens to write to your senators, Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez asking them to begin a dialogue about sea level rise!