Why Is My Footprint So Big?
Reducing my Carbon Footprint
By Lior Shemesh of Danvers
Discussion 3 was my first time at Torah Hub for Teens and it was an experience to remember. At Temple Ahavat Achim, I had a chance to learn about Eco-Judaism and reducing my carbon footprint with my closest friends who I worked with at Habitat For Humanity during spring break. I recently became interested in recycling and reusing, and learning more about how to improve my carbon footprint was really helpful. After hearing about how the new temple in Gloucester is “green-improved,” we watched an amazing video called The Story of Stu that showed how our country and the world uses and wastes.
It is crazy to think that each step of manufacturing takes up so much energy and creates toxic waste.
After watching the insightful video about mother Earth and what we can do to protect it, we went on a scavenger hunt. We were able to talk about the improvements made in the new temple. You can tell from looking at the new building that it is green. e amount of windows that light up the building instead of lights being used at all times during the day makes a huge difference. The lights are compact fluorescent and movement- activated, so they are only on when there is movement in the room which helps save loads on energy. The building also has a cool new insulation, a spray- on foamy, white material that keeps the heat in and the cool out in the winter, and in the summer does the opposite.
Having only a small amount of time at the Torah Hub, NSTI’s Executive Director Adam Smith took four teens including me to Friendly’s to recap, discuss our opinions on the program and to mingle. SMARTY YAiSH’s Youth Director Darren Benedick came along as did the guest speaker of the program, Getzel Davis, who we were able to get to know a little better. He is a rabbinic student at Hebrew College in Newton and is really inspired to help the world become a greener place.
Lior Shemesh was a 2012 Torah Hub Participant.