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Protecting the environment with Imelia Grace

2013 April 15

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Today I learned how easy it is to help protect the environment no matter how old you are.  I interviewed Imelia Grace, a first grader from Tennessee.  She told me one of her favorite places to play is a nature path near her house.  She has fun experiencing the outdoors by taking her puppy Rogy along with her to explore.  Imelia Grace was a previous winner of the U.S. EPA’s Team ENERGY STAR contest where she placed sticky notes on appliances that said “Unplug Me” reminding her to turn off appliances and light switches when they weren’t in use.  Her family also uses an outdoor clothes line to dry clothes instead of using an energy intensive dryer.  Even as a graduate student, I have learned from Imelia Grace how making small changes at home can make a big difference!

Shelby Egan is a student volunteer in the EPA’s Air and Radiation Division in Region 5, and is currently obtaining her Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She has a passion for protecting natural resources, cities she’s never been to and cooking any recipe by The Pioneer Woman.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

4 Responses leave one →
  1. Mani permalink
    May 8, 2013

    Throughout my Environmental Science class, it platforms the importance in taking steps to save the environment. Most people do not realize that small things make a big difference; the common misconception is that they need to change legislation, or start a grand innovation, or to find a cure for overall environmental health. Imelia Grace is a perfect example to what more people need to embrace. Just a first grader, Imelia how made an impact on the environment. Total energy consumption in the United States steadily increasing because of the growth in technology, like keeping small machines plugged in all day or leaving the lights on when no one is present in the room– simply wasting energy. Energy consumption can be reduced tremendously but society switching to more sustainable living style like making homes that uses less electricity (green roofs). Like Imelia, if people were to take small step toward bettering the environment, then there would be a greater stand toward saving the environment.

  2. Mani permalink
    May 20, 2013

    Throughout my Environmental Science class, it platformed the importance in taking steps to saving the environment. Most people do not realize that small things make a big difference; the common misconception is that they need to change legislation, or start a grand innovation, or find a cure for overall environmental health. Imelia Grace is a perfect example to what more people need to embrace. Just a first grader, Imelia has made an impact on the environment. Total energy consumption in the United States steadily increasing because of the growth in technology, like keeping small machines plugged in all day or leaving the lights on when no one is present in the room– simply wasting energy. Energy consumption can be reduced tremendously by society switching to more sustainable living style like making homes that uses less electricity (green roofs). Like Imelia, if people were to take small step toward bettering the environment, then there would be a greater stand toward saving the environment.

  3. Dylan DePriest permalink
    May 20, 2013

    One big problem that I have found through documentaries is that people today think that they do a lot for the earth, although they practically do absolutely nothing. One amazing example of this is Earth hour, where everyone, at a certain time of day, turn off all of the lights in their house for one hour. In all reality, this does not do anything at all. It might save you a small amount on your electricity bill, but the power plants don’t stop burning fossil fuels because everyone turns their lights off. Therefore, although everyone THINKS that they are doing their part to help the environment, they are doing absolutely nothing. And that’s just the people that actually participate. A good chunk of the population don’t even participate. Just because you flick a switch and sit in the dark on your cell phone for an hour doesn’t mean that you helped with the environment, toxic waste, the carbon in the atmosphere, acid deposition, ozone depletion, landfill leachate leaking into groundwater, surface mining and fertilizer runoff, accelerated erosion, or the depletion of trees from clear cutting forests.

  4. Andrew Roberts permalink
    May 20, 2013

    I definitely have learned that age is irrelevant the impact of a person on promoting environmental health! My twin seven year old sisters are always reminding me to unplug my appliances when not in use and make sure my lights are off. Whenever they catch me brushing my teeth with the water running the whole time they throw a fit! Their big life change towards environmental health stemmed from their first viewing of the movie The Lorax. They can’t stand the though of no trees.

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