As you may know YAP! is doing a lot of work to bring the issue of sustainability to the forefront. Since YAP! is all about education (See YAP! celebrates Black History), we want to begin to build up your knowledge about what sustainability is and begin to give you some facts…and of course- Through Hip Hop! Watch as we use segments from our upcoming sustainability track to help guide you toward your education!
Yo yo yo! We are the Youth Ambassador Program! & long story short, we tryna save the world! Its a big mission, but every little bit counts! Help us save us, & by saving us your also saving yourself. & this is how we gon do it..! Go!
So what is sustainability? According to the EPA, sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations. Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have, the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment. (from http://www.epa.gov/sustainability/basicinfo.htm)
Verse 1: The apocalypse prophesied by 2pacs lips/ we needa prevent this event, reduce our prints/ take ya carbon foot shoe sizes two sizes down/ then put it in a new hybrid & ride around, ima clown?/ why u rashin? Im talkin bout rations/ them new Jordans isn’t important even by fractional standards/ and its sad that we call recycling ghetto/ its time to green up, ready set gooooo
Ok…so we constantly hear how we are supposed to reduce our “carbon prints” but WHAT ARE THEY? According to gogreen.org “carbon footprint” is a phrase that green living enthusiasts are familiar with. A carbon footprint is the term used to describe the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that a household, individual or company causes. Essentially by doing certain things during your day you are contributing to emissions and leaving a sort of ecological footprint behind saying you were on Earth. There are calculators to help you determine your footprint and ways that you can redeem yourself for the footprint you leave behind. Here are a few things to know about carbon footprints before you begin making amends.
Reducing Your Footprint is Easy
Luckily, reducing your carbon footprint is easy. By using less electricity, walking to work, participating in car pools and using reusable containers you can cut down your carbon footprint considerably. You can continue to reduce your footprint by making green living choices in your lifestyle.
Carbon Footprint Calculators
Carbon footprint calculators are designed to give you a general idea of the possible footprint you or your household is leaving on the planet. They are not concrete numbers. They are simply estimation tools to help you determine where the emissions are coming from and how to reduce those emissions.
What is Offsetting?
Individuals may purchase what is called a carbon offset. This offset is usually a purchase to help a green organization like ecological activist groups, wind power station and solar power development. These offset amounts are determined by the calculated emissions amount you or your household sets off during a calendar year. The idea is that a company offering wind power or other ecological benefit will be able to offset hundreds of thousands of tons of emissions instead of just the few emissions you can offset as an individual.
What Contributes to a Carbon Footprint?
A carbon footprint can be left behind in a variety of ways. The most common ways are high energy usage, airline travel, gas usage and worldwide consumer usage. In essence, anything that causes the use of gas, energy or power from a non-renewable source is a contributing factor to a carbon footprint.
Ok….So do you feel a little more knowledgeable? Does it now seem like an easier task to join us in saving the world? We hope so! We are very committed to this path and, as you can see, also using our music to help educate and commit YOU. There will be more articles on this topic to come. In the meantime know that the final track is almost complete. So stay tuned and remember to “Keep It Sustainable!”