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Journal Writing Project: Spring Means Green, Usually

By Ashley Bue

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

By Ashley Bue

With spring comes warmer weather, blooming flowers, and green grass, usually. It is already April and snow still covers the ground but do not despair, spring can still come in a different form. Spring can be anything you make it. This year choose to go green. Start plants in your house for a garden, reduce our energy, and buying locally are all ways to make your spring green.

Probably the simplest way to feel spring is actually here is to see green plants growing. All growing plants take is a little sun light, water, dirt, and of course, seeds. With a little bit of tender love and care those small seeds will grow into large plants. Once they are large enough to be planted in your garden, these plants will provide delicious vegetables for your family this summer and fall. Along with seeing plants grow, your family can reduce their use of energy by hanging your clothes outside to dry and shutting of the television. Hanging clothes outside can be a fun and easy way to reduce your energy use. As a young child it was always mine and my mom’s project to hang up the clothes outside to dry on the warm spring and summer days. This simple project reduced our energy use and it got me outside away from the television. Children can sit in front of the television for hours and still not be bored so instead take your children on a walk through the park or go on a bike ride on the trail. Finally, while you have your children outside and enjoying the fresh air stop at some of the local businesses or farmer’s markets. By stopping at these businesses or markets, you are supporting the local economy and reducing your pollution by not driving the long distance to get the products you need. These are just a few ideas for ways to develop your green habits this spring.

Spring has come so let’s make it a memorable and green one. There is no time to waste this spring; each day that passes is a missed opportunity.

Ashley Bue is a senior at Lanesboro High School. She is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its fourteenth year.

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