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Student Makes Effort to Live Sustainably

: Union Square Clock. Image Retrieved From: The New York Times
Union Square Clock. Image Retrieved From: The New York Times


In late September, Metronome changed their Union Square time clock to something less traditional. 

They decided on something more eco-conscious that would count down the time we have left before something detrimental happens to the earth. The piece is meant to be displayed until the end of Climate Week, but the artists wish for it to be displayed longer.

The artists behind the idea are Gan Gloan and Andrew Boyed, who according to the New York Times, got their numbers from a research lab in Berlin that is dedicated to measuring climate change. The idea for the clock was to bring attention to the little time we have to do something about climate change. 

Can our individual recycling and living a more sustainable lifestyle really help halt climate change? When asked if one person’s recycling can make a difference, Senior Aryn Otero says, “Yes, even one person makes a difference. On average Americans generate 4.3 pounds of trash per day.” 

Otero has purchased reusable plastic bags and paper towels, as well as making changes to her clothing consumption. She believed that by doing this she is playing her own part in helping save the earth. 

When asked about how her thoughts on sustainability, Otero stressed the perks of living sustainably in the long run. She says, “Living sustainably might be a little more expensive, but a couple extra dollars for your reusable products that will last you for a while ends up being cheaper in the long run.” 

But according to the Guardian, most of the carbon emissions transmitted in the atmosphere are from fossil fuel companies. This would mean that people would have to live more sustainably when it comes to driving their cars, using the heater in the winter as well as make other major life adjustments. 

Otero believes that if one person can move toward living a more sustainable life, then more will follow. She also stresses the fact that “one person cannot offset the carbon footprint of the entire country.”

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