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Many people hear “climate change” and think “what’s the point?” So here are a few… four to be exact.
You may have heard about climate change, but do you know what actually causes it? The “greenhouse effect” is when gases get trapped inside the earth’s atmosphere and get heated by the sun. This increases the earth’s temperature & is what causes the climate to change.

Why you should be concerned

Climate change doesn’t just going from hot to cold (or vice versa), it also affects:

The oceans— because of climate change, the earths temperature is overheating which causes glaciers in places that should be cold to melt which affects the animals that live there.

The weather— because of climate change, the weather is sporadic and there are more natural disasters.

Our food sources— because of climate change, the land that is needed for crops are dryer than usual. Causing less food production.

Our overall health— because of climate change and the greenhouse effect, there is more pollution, or “smog” in the air. This can affect our lungs, causing asthma and other illnesses.

Click here to watch this short video on climate change and the greenhouse effect.  

How you can help make a difference (from your very own dorm room)

  • Sharing your mini-fridge with your roommate, so that there’s less energy being used. Consider getting the MicroChill® or Large Refrigerator — that way everyone’s food fits comfortably!
  • Unplug any appliances when you’re not using them, such as coffee maker, phone chargers or lamps. Remember: microwaves should stay plugged in directly into the wall, not into power strips because it can overpower and cause a fire!
  • Conserve energy by using your AC/heater, or lights less often. You can also consider purchasing a drying rack to avoid using the school dryer after you wash your clothes. 
  • Recycle! Recycle! Recycle! Paper, plastics and cardboard are all acceptable items to recycle, just remember to always rinse out/remove food from anything you’re about to recycle. If you’re unsure of what is recyclable in NYC, check out this list. Need a recycling bin? Click here
  • Conserve water by taking shorter showers or investing in a water filter & filling up a water pitcher (which you can keep cold in your fridge), instead of buying packs of water bottles. You can also keep a reusable water bottle with you for when you’re on the go!
  • Recycle decorations, furniture, school supplies, etc. This reduces the gas emissions from manufacturers making and transferring products. Next time you need “new” items, try getting hand me downs from friends/family members, or going to second hand stores!

YES— it takes a few extra steps to do these things, and it might seem like an inconvenience in your day. But, it’s a long-term investment. One in which you won’t immediately see, but the next generation might. It only takes just a few extra minutes in your day to give back to the earth. Remember, there is no “Planet B.”

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Making the transition from home to college comes with plenty of new changes. Before the school year began, you might have heard that your next four years of school will consist of instant ramen noodles and Hot Pockets, but that’s not completely true. Living in a dorm room doesn’t necessarily mean suffering through all the instant, frozen and cafeteria food you’ve had this past semester; it’s time now to get creative.

Here are 5 awesome meals you can make right in your dorm room:

  • Eggs in a Mug

They weren’t lying when they said breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Instead of waiting in line at the cafeteria for an omelet, just make it yourself! This super easy recipe allows you to cook an awesome breakfast in a coffee mug. Cute AND delicious. This recipe comes from Spoon University, but feel free to throw in whatever goodies you want!

  • Mug Muffins

Kirbie’s Cravings discovered an awesome (and delicious) way to make blueberry muffins in your dorm room microwave! Check out the recipe here!

  • Tuna Wraps (Mediterranean Style)

Avoid the Freshman 15 by choosing to stray from the instant foods and whip up some healthy and tasty tuna wraps! All of the ingredients can be stored in your mini-fridge and made in a timely fashion. Check out A Pinch of Healthy’s recipe for a Mediterranean-styled tuna wrap.

  • Mug Mac & Cheese

Can’t get enough of mug recipes? Us either. This version of Mug Mac & Cheese uses real ingredients instead of what you’ll find in a box. See for yourself!

  • Iron-Style Grilled Cheese

This innovative way to make grilled cheese in your dorm is definitely a favorite. Who knew an iron could be used for more than keeping your clothes wrinkle-free? On those cold winter nights, you can get the comfort of a homemade grilled cheese without having to go home for it. Cute DIY Project nailed this one. Learn how to make it here.

Have awesome dorm room recipes of your own? Reach out to us on Faebook or Twitter and let us know!