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An Easy Way to Help…

Most people I talk to these days say they can’t even watch the news or look at pictures of the Gulf of Mexico’s ravaged shores and waters.  Well, I’m not here to tell you that you must.  I will, instead, share what teens can do to help.  Even if you don’t have the cash to donate or the time to travel to the Gulf to volunteer, there is one BIG thing you can do to help from home:

(Photo by Matt Neimi)

Abandon Fossil Fuels

If we being to chose alternatives to fossil fuels, we will depend less on the oil industry, thus lessening the need to drill for oil anywhere.

A good place to start is to change how you travel.  Taking the bus, biking, or walking is a planet-friendly way to start.

Bike Pittsburgh offers tons of advice and ideas for cycling.  Pittsburgh is getting more bike friendly every year, and you can help make that progress by hopping on your bike, strapping on a helmet, and taking off!

Port Authority is your one-stop link to getting around Pittsburgh, with route maps and time schedules.  I must confess riding the bus is my favorite way to get around town.  The people watching is excellent, and when you get tired of that (or feel like you are staring) you can read, listen to music, and do your homework!

Walk!  It’s healthy.  It might be the slowest way to get around, but you get more time to take in the city and it’s sights.  You can even win prizes, just for getting where you need to go on foot, from Ready, Set, Walk.

Google Transit and Google Maps – Google is at it again, making your trips easier.  Google Transit is another way to find out public transportation on your route. And when you search for directions on Google Maps, they now offer driving, walking, and cycling routes!

The library is always a great place to get more info, so stop by and we can load you up with resources on traveling in health, style, and green chicness.

And of course, if you are able to donate or volunteer, here is some info on how to do so wisely:

Donate to Charity

As with the Haiti Earthquake, several hoax charities have popped up to take advantage of this tragedy.  To avoid a scam, check out this list of charities that meet the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance’s Standards for Charity Accountability.

Volunteer

The White House website has links to volunteer opportunities in 4 different Gulf states.

Holly

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