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CRW1 Unit 5 Environment

April 28, 2016

The question for this week is as follows:


If a product, service, or behavior is designed not to do harm to the environment, we say it is ‘environmentally friendly’. Do you think you are environmentally friendly? Why or why not?


Please comment by Sunday.


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  1. Anonymous permalink
    April 28, 2016 9:29 pm

    I’m sure that I am kind of environmentally friendly guy. I have tried to protect environment since I was high school student. For instance, I never use the elevator even when I go up the stairs to high rise building. Using stair can prevent waste of electric energy. Although I have my car, I prefer taking mass transportation like subway to using my car. It can prevent air-pollution by reducing amount of CO2. On top of these habits, I have lots of trivial habits which is good for environment. And I believe these trivial habits would save the earth from lots of pollution. Actually, I really hates most people. Because I think only human beings destroy the environment, even though we can’t live without it. There are, of course, exceptions but especially young people never think about saving environment. They just pursuit their own interests and convenience. That’s why I don’t like hanging out or going out with young people. I really hope that all human beings try to save the earth someday or other.

    • Chicken permalink
      April 29, 2016 7:37 pm

      It is amazing you do not use elevator and go up the stairs… That is very hard to me.

    • proftodd permalink*
      April 30, 2016 11:56 am

      “Actually, I really hates most people.”

      This reminds me of a Mark Twain quote: “The more I know about people, the more I like my dog.”

  2. Chicken permalink
    April 29, 2016 11:47 pm

    In my experience, I’m the person that tries to preserve our environment. First, I am very sensitive to recycle a trash. When I was child, my parents teach me to recycle the trash and why recycling is important to our environment. After that, I should always take care of my trash and try not to throw away the garbage on the roadside. Second, I have to put off the lights if I should not use it. I don’t want to waste electricity because our country has lack of electricity and electric bill soared if I don’t put off the switch. So I told my family and friends to put off the switch when they should not use it. If not, I should annoy and turn off the switch myself. Lastly, I am very good person who is able to use environment-friendly products. Those products are very helpful to our life and environment. So I don’t want to use plastic products because plastics are not recycling and this can come out endocrine-disrupting chemicals that are very harmful to our health. Also I don’t always eat cup ramen because this cup is very bad to our environment and our health. That is why I’m the one of the environmentally friendly people.

    • proftodd permalink*
      April 30, 2016 11:59 am

      I agree. You seem like an environmentally friendly person.

    • Lucy7 permalink
      May 1, 2016 12:42 pm

      I also think that putting off the lights when we don’t use it is really important. I think you are an super environmentally friendly person 🙂

  3. John Snow permalink
    April 29, 2016 11:51 pm

    I think I’m not a environmentally friendly man. Usually, I’m not interested in environment. Because including me, many people are short-sighted. Problems from environmental pollution are proceed slowly.So that problems not stick out to people. Some people told me some scientists said that global warming result from natural phenomenon not environment pollution. And sometimes my behaviors are harmful to environment.
    For example, even though I can use stairs, I use elevator to go up upper floor. And I don’t use recycled product obstinately. In addition, Even if I take public transport everyday, I prefer car to public transport. But I always separate garbage. Having said that, I’m still not good at the protection of environment. I think I need to change my thinking about environment for present and our descendant. I want to contribute to solve environmental pollution a little.

  4. mydogiscuteasteddybear permalink
    April 30, 2016 12:43 am

    I remember a phrase what National Geography program showed. It said “Human needs Nature, but Nature don’t”. The behavior we have been doing towards the nature makes our conscience guilty.
    Recently, there are lots of show that shows nature’s sickness which makes people realize and encourage to act environmentally friendly. I don’t know if there is a standard about environmentally friendly, but I think I’m trying to be friendly to environment. Such as, always separating trash in right bin to recycle. This became duty of mine, since I’ve been doing it from middle school. When I go out, I always turn all the lights off. I always use public transportation, typically subway, to commute to school. Trying to turn off the tap while brushing my teeth or washing my face during the time I don’t need water. I usually use tumbler to drink water or tea, instead of buying drinks in disposable cups.
    Now that I’m writing down, I feel like I’m not doing a lot or big things that is environmentally friendly. But I will continue doing these small actions, because I believe even if it’s small action, it does help the nature. If not only me but a large number of people do one of these actions, it will be a big action in the outcome. Since we are living with all different kinds of species, we should take responsibilities and act environmentally friendly!

    • proftodd permalink*
      April 30, 2016 12:40 pm

      “Human needs Nature, but Nature don’t”. This quote is apt.

      I was always excited to read National Geographic when I was a kid. Before the Internet, it was the best way to escape and feel adventure. Unfortunately, NatGeo was in a poor financial situation and was sold to Rupert Murdoch, one of the most powerful men in the world. Mr. Murdoch owns FOX ‘news’ and he is also a climate change denialist. People who love NatGEo worry he will dumb-down and/or distort the science, as well as misinform the public. I hope not, but money tends to have a corrupting affect on whatever it touches, including science.

      • mydogiscuteasteddybear permalink
        May 1, 2016 9:27 pm

        Thank you:)
        Wow.. This is a new thing to hear. I think it really could affect lot of poeple or children to think in a wrong way, if Pupert Murdoch tend to show distortion of science. I think it has a possibility of brainwashing mass media.

    • May 1, 2016 12:48 pm

      I agree. Natrional Geographic makes us be cautious about environmnet well. Also, the sentence you quote is so appropriate to encourage people to think about environment.

      • mydogiscuteasteddybear permalink
        May 1, 2016 9:23 pm

        Thank you 🙂

  5. Saigonriver permalink
    April 30, 2016 4:47 pm

    It’s shame to confess about this but I am really careless person. It seems it is the time for us to protect environment doing something that is helpful to the environment. Because world is gradually getting worse for instance like global warming, sea level rising due to the melting of glaciers. However still, these things are not seems too obvious to me. Even though those are serious problems, Didn’t affect my life yet. I don’t suffer from anything because of these environmental problem. Also, things to do to save environment, which is recommended, is so subtle and trivial behaivor of our daily life, like saving water, use little bit of shampoo or so. So everytime I think about it, I wonder if these things would be helpful. These are the reason why I probably don’t take these problems too seriously

    • proftodd permalink*
      April 30, 2016 7:17 pm

      You are not alone. I think people in general are quite selfish; it seems to be our nature. And I think that most people do not worry about slow-moving threats, especially if they do not cause direct immediate effects.

  6. juyong permalink
    April 30, 2016 5:16 pm

    I think I am not environmentally friend but not totally. I have been doing my best to recycle trashes as possible, but I often felt tiresome to classify all of them. What matters to me is that I shouldn’t throw them away outside without garbage bag. If I don’t have enough time, I don’t separate trashes. And I usually take public transports like a subway or bus but it doesn’t mean I consider environment when I take them. I just uses them I don’t have a car. Actually, I know how important environment is but I don’t feel seriousness of pollution. Because I have been adjusting to an affluent society where waters, electricity, city gases are provided sufficiently, especially in Korea. Also I think individual efforts to protect environment are very restricted. A role of a government and corporations is core of solving pollution of environment. Even if citizens are trying to recycle trashes and open a campaign, corporations chop down trees and release noxious materials to the air, their efforts would be useless. I think my generation would not experience a serious lack of energy but next generation would be affected. Therefore, all of social members including me, corporations, government should be worried together how to reduce pollution.

    • proftodd permalink*
      April 30, 2016 7:24 pm

      “I think my generation would not experience a serious lack of energy”

      Unfortunately, your generation will most likely suffer serious negative effects from climate change. Conservative estimates from respectable scientists (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) predict an environmental calamity within 30 years if we do not start changing our ways, especially CO2 release. You’ll just be middle aged.

      • juyong permalink
        May 2, 2016 9:41 pm

        Yes, I have to consider how to preserve enviroment personally!

  7. rose04 permalink
    April 30, 2016 8:52 pm

    If we want to live on a planet with clean water, fresh air and a diversity of plants and animals. Being environmentally friendly simply means having a lifestyle that is better for the environment. It’s all about taking small steps towards mother earth so as to make this planet a better place for our communities and generations to come. A good way would be to start with conserving water, driving less and walking more, consuming less energy, buying recycled products, eating locally grown vegetables, creating less waste, planting more trees and many more.
    First, I would like to share my personal habits because I am not sure if I am environment friendly or not. actually, I am kind of person I like to take shower every day morning to start a good day so I know that is kind of waste of water but what I am doing is trying to take short showers to not use a lot of water. Also, I am trying to not leave water running while I am brushing my teeth. Also, I used to conserve electricity at home, how? In winter, Instead of heating the house to make it warm I use three blankets. Whenever I want to watch movie I close all the light of the home I think that the light of my laptop is enough to see. Also, in summer, I didn’t prefer to use air conditioning, first because is making me feeling sick and feeling lazy second, I like natural air and refresh so I used to open all windows. Third, because I believe that air condition has many bad effects on the environment. For shopping or moving from home to other places I used to check first how much that place is far. If it takes me from 30 minute to 1 h by walk then I choose to walk , if more then I use public transportation, but there is some places that I need to use my car then I am oblige to use it but it happens rarely. Also, I am kind of person I like too much to plant plants so my decision on the future when I will have my own house I will make the big space for the garden. I will plant fruit trees and flowers because I love fruits and flowers, then it will be benefit for me and for the environment.
    I like to eat fresh food that’s why I used to cook most of time and to not feel boring I used to learn to cook different kind of food that we can find it in supermarket but not fresh. On the other hand, as much I try to protect the environment as much I still doing many mistakes, as I like to clean my home most of time I am using many kind of chemical products. I still have problem with waste I can’t make it less and I don’t know why. Also I am trying to do recycling but it just works sometimes. Even though, I still had these bad habits, I will try as much as I can to help the environment, to can we have better life.

    • proftodd permalink*
      May 1, 2016 10:33 pm

      You seem to do well, especially compared to others. Cheers.

  8. Jukebox permalink
    May 1, 2016 3:01 am

    Actually, I am not interested in protecting the environment, but I think I am environmentally friendly. First of all, when I eat food, I never leave it. Although the food don’t taste good, I usually try to eat them all. This kind of behavior can reduce food waste. Second, I always separate trash before throwing away it. I formed this kind of good habit when I was in the Army. When I was in there, I always separate even tiny trash, such as a small piece of paper. If I do like this, more trashes could be recycled, so it is also environmentally friendly. Lastly, I usually walk or use public transport, instead of using a car. I can drive a car so, I sometimes use my car to go somewhere which is far away. However, I rarely use my car for going to near places, so it could reduce air pollution. For these reasons, I think I am an economical person, and environmentally friendly. I will try to behave like this continually.

    • Chicken permalink
      May 1, 2016 6:18 pm

      Eating all dishes is very good for your health too if this ingredients include vitamin, protein, and so on.

  9. Lucy7 permalink
    May 1, 2016 12:39 pm

    I think that I have tried to become an eco-friendly person after taking a course about climate change when I was a sophomore. By taking the course, I can learn how human have affected nature negatively and the result when we continue destroying nature. The most shocking information is that if all countries in the world don’t reduce the emission of carbon dioxide, the half of Earth becomes submerged by 2030. Thus, I have made an effort not to destroy nature. For instance, I have tried not to take a car or bus but to walk, which is good not only for nature but also for my health. I also usually encourage my friends and family to go to walk and have them realize the importance of protecting nature. Moreover, my parents have made me form a habit not to utilize paper cups, wooden-chopsticks, and other products. Therefore, I always bring my tumbler in order not to produce much waste. In addition, since I live in 4th floor in a dormitory, I don’t utilize an elevator and try to go up and down the stairs. Consequently, even though efforts by individuals to protect nature are not sufficient, I believe that without individuals’ efforts the world cannot resolve a problem about the nature of Earth.

  10. Chicken permalink
    May 1, 2016 6:21 pm

    I also taked the course about climate change. This course make us to effort not to destroy nature. It’s very good course I think.

    • Eve21 permalink
      May 1, 2016 7:41 pm

      I also think that taking those courses help. We need to have information even if we do not feel it immediately.

  11. Eve21 permalink
    May 1, 2016 7:39 pm

    Frankly speaking I think I am not environmentally friendly. I am not doing in with intention, but I think that many acts I carry are not favorable to the environment that much. For instance, I have a really long hair, and it takes much time to wash it. I use more shampoo and water compared to others who have shorter hair than me. If I cut my hair, the problem can be solved, but unfortunately I am not thinking of that. So, in order to have some intention to save the planet, I always try to walk if possible, and commute by public transportation daily. I try not to leave any food when I am eating out, and at home. Also, we recycle regularly. These can make me as ‘intentional eco-friendly’ person, but I still think that I am not that environmentally friendly. I would have to try more to become one of them.

    • juyong permalink
      May 2, 2016 9:39 pm

      I also agree with you. I know how important conservation of environment is, but it is not easy for me to make good habits for enviroment . In your case, how about using eco-freindly shapmoo?It is common in any markets.

    • Jubbit permalink
      May 3, 2016 12:20 am

      Yes.. it is hard to imagine to cut hair just for environment. Even though your hair makes more shampoo consumption, I hope wouldn’t feel guilty about that;)

  12. Amy permalink
    May 1, 2016 7:39 pm

    Sometimes, I tried to be environmentally friendly, but I ‘m not environmentally friendly person. When I was young, my mom and teacher taught me to protect environment. So I tried to save environment in daily life like avoiding using plastic bags, turning off all electronics that I don’t use. I still remain those habits until now, but sometimes, I don’t care about environment. When I feel tiresome, I break my rules easily. I use plastic bags, turn on electronics and drive car to nearby places. I rationalized myself at all those times and do not think seriously about that. Sometimes, I thought ‘Many people have no thinking about using harmful things to environment and they don’t care about environment. I’m just a person! Is there positive effect if I try to remain environmentally friendly habit?’ With this thinking, I’m gradually breaking my habits. Moreover, I don’t buy environmentally friendly products because those are expensive than other things. I checked my things, but there are just several environmentally friendly things. This topic remain me to regret my behavior. I just thought about environmentally friendly habits and I didn’t think about my things. Moreover, I break my rules easily because of feeling tiresome. So, I decide to be environmentally friendly person more than before.

  13. The flaming lips permalink
    May 1, 2016 10:29 pm

    I try to be environmentally friendly sometimes, but most of the times I don’t think i am environmentally friendly. I would just use plastic bags for my snacks and soda bought from convenient store rather than stuff them in my own bag, and would buy a packed lunch rather than pack one before I leave home or go to a restaurant to eat. plastic bags and packed lunches produces much plastics that are hard to reuse or eliminate. the reason I use these products being not environmentally friendly is because the price and convenience I think. plastic bags are so cheap that you might forget that it has a price, and are very convenient to carry. packed lunches are also very cheap than the food served in restaurant even they are similar in quality. and, if you consider the time that need for the food to be served, packed lunches are much cheaper and convenient than restaurant food.
    because these environmentally-unfriendly products are generally cheap and convenient, many times I just mindlessly use these products not thinking about the environment. sometimes I remember that these products will be harmful to environment, but I justify my behavior thinking that my time and money is more valuable than the time to think and consider the environmentally friendly options like carrying my own shopping bag and go to a restaurant to eat. but I’m thinking that I should stop these environmentally unfriendly behaviors because I’ve been realizing how much these things destroy the environment

  14. ghrksk123 permalink
    May 2, 2016 10:18 am

    I think I am not. Because in everyday life, I really don’t care about the environment. i have an air conditional in my own room and use it feeling no guilty. Also i eat too much meat despite of caw, pig or chiken makes CO2 which is unnecessorily a lot. And i use elevator though it tooks less than 5 floor in multi midea building.
    These kind of unconscious habits would lead air or land pollution, green hose effects, killing animals. so i don’t think i am a good person for environment.

    • May 3, 2016 12:28 am

      Let’s make an effort to change our habit from now, together.

  15. MINA permalink
    May 2, 2016 12:57 pm

    I think I’m a environmentally-friendly person. There are several reasons why I’m eco-friendly. First, I really hate waste. So, I usually eat the food without leaving, and I like to use recycled paper, using both sides of paper. Also, I hate turning on the air-conditioner or heater. They make me dizzy and are not good for the environment. I want to live in a house which is operated by natural power like Sun, or Wind…I’ve been really worried about the polar bear from childhood. I cried a lot, watching the documentary ‘Artic Tears.’ I wanted to know large and small ways to help polar bears. Therefore I try to be eco-friendly person everyday and I want to donate to environmental organizations.

    • juyong permalink
      May 2, 2016 9:33 pm

      That sounds great. I also watched another series of “tear of Amazon” before. It made me feel a seriousness of enviromental pollution especially for primitive tribes.

  16. Elephant permalink
    May 2, 2016 10:20 pm

    In my opinion, nobody can live without harming environment. At least in 21 century. So i can say i’m not a environmentally-friendly man.
    Just as born, i started to harm the environment. A disposble diaper, that i used when i was infant might not decomposed yet. A huge amount of trees must be cut offed to make books that i have studied. A vehicles that i take to go to school surely caused a air pollution. Even i’m harming environmnet at this moment writing my homework by using eletricity that requires generation of electric power from power plant.
    So i think i can not be environmentally friendly person which means not to harm the environmnet, Instead i will try to be a less environmentally harmful person. With some small efforts that i can do in my life

  17. jelly permalink
    May 2, 2016 10:50 pm

    I think I am environmentally-unfriendly person rather than environmentally-friendly. In my daily life, it is easy to catch out the behaviors that I pollute the environment. It is because of my habit. I usually don’t like to walk. But it is not because that I can lazy. Since I broke my leg three years sago, walking long distance is too much for me. So I usually ride a car. We all know that vehicles are the main cause of air pollution. Eventually I am accomplice of it.
    In fact,being environmentally-friendly person is quite hard in today’s society. Most thing we use ruin the environment. For example refrigerator, air-conditioner, and shampoo. So it is also hard for me to be an environmentally-unfriendly person.

  18. Jubbit permalink
    May 3, 2016 12:14 am

    I do not consider myself as environmental friendly person because I don’t keep environment in mind most of the time. To be an environmental friendly person, it is necessary to think and take action that is helpful to environment. Those who are environmental friendly may be concerned about how nature has been damaged and in order to preserve it, they might put some limits for themselves to not to damage nature in any other way. For example, they do not buy new material but reuse it. Another example can be that they avoid themselves to use too much electricity or water. On the other hand, I tend to not care too much about my behavior toward the nature. I do not realize the influence that I can give to environment. To speak honestly, I do regard myself, an small existence in whole world, has no great effect to environment. Maybe this kind of value makes me not to care about environment at all. I believe I don’t do any significant damage nor benefit to environment after all. This is why I think I am not a environmental friendly person.

  19. May 3, 2016 12:23 am

    Maybe I am not environmentally friendly. I confess that I am very selfish man. I know very well that we should protect our planet from many kinds of pollution. However, honestly, I haven’t done any effort to protect environment such as, even recycling. It is somehow tiresome for me everytime. Also I smoke almost everyday. Sometimes, I throw away the cigarette butt anywhere, even though there is trash can near by me. Because It is also tiresome for me, and unfortunately, it might become one of my habit. I think that I need to regret my past, and make effort to change my bad habit just from now. I am very shame on me. I really hope that this essay become a turning point of my complacent past.

  20. Daniel permalink
    May 3, 2016 1:41 am

    I think, I am environmentally friendly person. In daily lives, I don’t like the use of disposable products. for example, wooden chopsticks paper cup plastic spoon.
    In fact, The reason of my behavior is that the economic benefits rather than environmentally friendly benefit. However, This behavior may contribute to reducing the indiscriminate use of disposable products. Also when I wash my hair I use a little shampoo. This habit is reduces the environmental pollution but also reduces the unpleasant feeling due to the residue the shampoo.
    moreover, The use of detergent to clean the dishes can also cause additional water pollution. So I usally use Rice Water, when I wash dishes.
    As a result, I was involuntarily acting in an environmentally friendly

  21. Yolo permalink
    May 3, 2016 7:48 am

    I cannot think myself as a person who cares a lot about environment, which means I am not that ‘environmentally friendly’. I tend to look down on environment problems and do things to satisfy my needs. For example, i use more amount of shampoo than others while having a shower, or sometimes throw wastes wherever I want. These things are done without enough consideration about the environment I live in. Actually even if people intend not to, we are harming environment in some kind of ways. People cannot live without harming the environment. Facing this kind of situation, I think what we should do is not to be environmentally friendly, but to be less environmentally unfriendly. We have to admit that harming environment can’t be stopped but should know that there are ways to minimize the destruction of environment. It is time for us to do what we have to do.

  22. Polar bear permalink
    May 3, 2016 10:39 am

    I want to become a environment friendly man. Always, I would try to save the Earth as I separate trash. However, I sometimes didn’t environment friendly act. It is because I lived in a Yeong-Tong where is near the college town by myself. It is difficult to care about the environment. I can not help used disposable products. For example, when I ate chicken and beer with my friends in my house, I had foods with wooden chopsticks and paper cups. Absolutely, it is a method which destroy the environment. I know it is a bad habit. However, I do because of convenient to have meals.
    The world is facing environment problems. You didn’t recognize though, it is a very serious issue that is concerned with a lot of person. What does this means? It means that we have to save the environment. How can we save the Earth?
    It is so trifle. Before throwing away our trash, we have to separate it.
    Remember, it’s the little things that make a difference.
    From now on, why don’t you recycle your trash?

  23. Noah permalink
    May 3, 2016 11:19 am

    I blush to admit it, but I am actually not environment friendly man. I already know how serious problem it is, and I know how to deal with it (not exactly but pretty sure). I often watch to video clip that is connect with environment problem. I often realize that glaciers are melting, some species are extincting, the earth is becoming hot considering “wow, It is really bad, but those are not happen in here yet” through the video. However, trying to protect environment is unexpectedly tough. There are few things to do as a normal person. I suggest we should raise the alarm about environment problem and we should do something step by step. Not like me; bystander.

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