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Climate for Action: Save Some Money…and the Planet

2009 June 23

image of the inside of a library with tables, chairs and shelves of booksIn almost every neighborhood there are local libraries and these libraries provide a great wealth of information. They provide books on many different subjects and also supply daily newspapers, magazines, movies and CDs—everything you could possibly need to keep you up to date. And, the best part about all the information you can get at a library is that it is all free to borrow.

The next time you want to purchase a popular book or CD, go to your local library and chances are they will have it and will lend it out to you for no cost. Borrowing books, CDs, movies and papers is a great way to save money. Borrowing these items could also help protect the environment in a big way. You can save a lot of resources by reusing items instead of purchasing them. By reusing books and CDs at a library, you can save energy, water, trees and metals, etc. thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Libraries are one place we can all go to borrow items for no cost. Can you think of any other places? Please let us know so we can all help reduce the amount of resources we use!

Michelle Gugger graduated from Rutgers University in 2008. She is currently spending a year of service at EPA’s Region 3 Office in Philadelphia, PA as an AmeriCorps VISTA.

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18 Responses leave one →
  1. DENNES permalink
    June 23, 2009

    I LIKE THIS!!!!!

  2. Ron permalink
    June 23, 2009

    I also have a bunch of books that you can borrow. Lets create an online libary for locals

  3. Gold Coins permalink
    June 24, 2009

    The idea is great, i just hope that our local library will serve it to us too. I think the society will be informed and will soon be mobilizing the fight for mother earth.


  4. Johnny R. permalink
    June 24, 2009

    How many libraries provide information about the science of family planning to bring the human population into balance with the Earth’s ability to support it?

  5. Stevie permalink
    June 24, 2009

    Instead of giving books that you really don’t want anymore to the goodwill or whatnot, donate them to your local library. They’ll love you forever if you do!

  6. Michelle permalink
    June 25, 2009

    That would be a great idea! You can also consider donating books to local schools and community centers.

  7. Michelle permalink
    June 25, 2009

    I’m glad, find a list of your local libraries at

  8. Michelle permalink
    June 25, 2009

    If you can’t find what you are looking for at the library – explore the web. For example, I know and can offer a lot of free resources.

  9. Michelle permalink
    June 25, 2009

    Yes – this is a very cool way to support your local library. You would make many booklovers happy too.

  10. Michelle permalink
    June 25, 2009

    You may find this information at your local library. I would check out resources at the Office of Population Affairs

  11. George permalink
    June 25, 2009

    If you are interested in what books are offered at which libraries, check out, an index of thousands of library collections from around the world.

  12. Cathy permalink
    August 7, 2009

    Why I don’t think this before! Yes, this indeed give us a good way to save big money rather than creating a costly mini-libiray in our home, why making use of this free local libraries.

    Thank for sharing this helpful tips!

    Cathy from Make Money Online

  13. Esaul D permalink
    September 8, 2009

    Please, save this mother earth by donate $1/year to any government in the tropical area to help their plantation programs.


  14. Zac permalink
    February 6, 2010

    Great article, thanks a million for sharing!


  15. Daphne Spurlock permalink
    February 17, 2010

    Love your article, thanks for the tips on how to save money by using your local libiray. I never thought to look for the books that I would buy at the book store at my local libiray!

    Be Blessed
    Daphne Spurlock

  16. July 28, 2010

    Great article,

  17. SteveD permalink
    August 1, 2010

    My question is 10 years from now what will libraries look like? I love having libraries physically near me, but will the internet and the resources available there be the replacement? I think we have to re-structure to provide the services that a library provides in line with the future literature available on the internet. So to provide the services such as helping people search and find the information they are looking for.


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    September 15, 2010

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