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Table Talk: What We Can Do To Help The Environment

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Each week, The Huffington Post presents a compelling topic to spark discussion at your dinner table.

Last week, the earth hit an environmental milestone that has climate scientists very concerned. One of the things that the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Mauna Loa Observatory is responsible for is measuring the amount of carbon dioxide in the planet’s atmosphere. Its researchers in Hawaii found that we’ve passed the threshold of 400 parts per million — the highest carbon dioxide concentration in millions of years. It’s not just a number — this represents big changes for our environment. At the rate we’re going, the earth’s temperature could continue to rise, leading to more extreme weather and plants and animals going extinct.

But even in the face of all of this scary news, there are ways we can help to make our planet healthier. Simple things like walking or taking public transportation, being careful not to sit in a running car, eating less meat and buying groceries at the neighborhood farmers’ market are all ways to lend a hand — and everyone in the family can participate (get your parents involved!). Use social media to share articles about climate change (including this one!) and keep the conversation active. Tonight, let’s talk about what we can do to make an impact.

Questions for discussion:

* What have you learned about climate change at school?

* Does the news that we have surpassed the 400 ppm threshold scare you?

* What can people — including your family — do to make their lives more green?

 

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