Student urges dimming lights for brighter future Reply

Illustration by Amanda Bennett

Illustration by Amanda Bennett

Levi Flood – 1851 Staff

A fellow student walked into my Environmental 101 class on the first day and was
surprised to see the lights were not on. “Why in the world is it so dark in here?” she blurted out to the class.

Going green is more than a passing fad. It is a way of life that people choose to adopt in an effort to preserve the environment. Professor Aaron Toffler is one of these people.

A casual observer of his class will notice the lights in his room are always off and the window shades are always open. A self-professed tree-hugger, Toffler attempts to be very conscious of how his every action in life affects the world around him, from energy consumption to waste production to water use.
“We all can do a multitude of little things in our lives to minimize our impacts on the
planet. It is not enough anymore to point our fingers at big corporations or other organizations and ask that they solve the problem. The problem is ours to solve,” said Toffler.

The average cost of lighting a room for each class that meets at Lasell is about $10
per semester. That may not sound like much, until you consider that’s $10 spent by each of the hundreds of classes that meet each semester, and that figure assumes the lights are only on for the three hours each class meets each week.

Now consider the amount of money and energy that could be saved if every teacher on campus took the same approach as Toffler. This is just one example of a way Lasell could become more environmentally friendly.

Every day hundreds of students heedlessly dump their waste into the trash
receptacles, often times ignoring the recycling and compost bins just inches
away. And these are but a few examples of the thousands of ways that we
are destroying our surroundings with our actions.

So for those who have not yet had the pleasure, take the Environmental 101 class. Learn how every action you take affects the world around you. And if you can’t do that, try just turning the lights off, shutting off the water while you brush your teeth, or throwing that banana peel into the compost instead of the trash. I’ll thank you and my two children will, too.

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