Living in Boulder, Colorado, the most beautiful places I see are all natural; the hills, trees, rocks, yet humans insist on spending money on man made yards.
I understand people want a big beautiful yard and I don’t expect this to change, but I think we can adopt more efficient lawns that are still just as beautiful.
We can minimize water and gas use without sacrificing the looks of our lawns.
Changing lawns to a less resource consuming one can save us money in the long term.
We can store rain water to use to water our lawns instead of using garden hoses.
Robotic lawn mowers run on electricity, not gas, which means much less emissions. Some robotic lawn mowers even run on the grass they cut.
Weather based irrigation systems can help reduce our daily water use.
Efforts are underway to find ways to drastically reduce emissions from lawn care.
No-mow grass is currently being developed.
No-mow grass will be revolutionary and we need more minds thinking of how to produce this on a large scale.
No-mow grass will reduce gas used, water used, and money spent on lawn care.
Maybe people who read this research will be inspired to help create no-mow grass and other solutions.
Gas use should matter to others because it is one of the most energy dense substances on this earth and it can be used to help us explore our earth and our solar system / universe.
Gas can also be used for transporting our bodies for work or for play.
Gas helps us create memories and income, we shouldn’t use it for keeping grass at a max height.
We need to preserve all vital resources and not waste them on non-vital things.
The amount of fuel we spill while refilling our lawn equipment each year is more than the amount of oil spilled by exxon mobile each year.
Americans use over 2 billion gallons of gas year to maintain lawns. We could use those 2 billion gallons to do much greater good, we could send spaceships to other planets to look for habitable places.
Lawn maintenance causes 5% of mobile pollution in the U.S.
New EPA regulated lawn care tools only slightly reduce emissions.
The majority of people in our country believe in climate change, but they expect big companies to make the difference and reduce emissions but in reality people waste tons of resources and cause lots of emissions, and this can be fixed.
Lawn mower and lawn care tools production and transportation also creates lots of emissions.
A lawn mower emits 11 times more pollution than a car for 1 hour of operation.
People who care about our planet will feel guilty about contributing tons of pollution just to keep their grass at 4 inches tall.
By creating CO2, we are slowly ensuring a shorter lifespan of our only habitable planet.
CO2 must be produced in some capacity, products, services, transport, heating and cooling, but we shouldn’t all say we care about climate change then not act when an opportunity comes up where we can reduce the climate change catalyst (CO2).
CO2 emissions are one of the greatest problem ever caused by humans.
Most people are not aware of how much energy it takes to maintain a lawn nor are they aware of the amount of water needed by lawns.
Each person uses about 80-100 gallons of water per day. This means anywhere from 24 to 60 gallons of water is used each day on lawns.
No one can justify how we use 30-60% water coming into our homes on our lawns. Why?
People who care about our planet should think twice before programming their sprinklers to go off daily to keep their yards a shade greener than without human fed water.
Water is by far humans most vital resource; we need it to survive.
It takes lots of energy to clean water and transport it to our homes so we shouldn’t feed it to our lawns in such great capacity.
I am interested in this topic because there are few other people that are.
I can bring awareness of the gas & water used on lawns and the emissions because of it.
My paper may be able to change how people design their next house or first house, since they wont have to tear up their yard to install an efficient lawn.
Lawn care is expensive and we can reduce this expense.
Our planet is the only one we know of that can harbor human life, so we shouldn’t spend our resources in stupid ways. Other people are searching for other planets inside and outside of our solar system that contains water while we feed it to our lawns.
People should care because it is their time and money but everyone’s planet.
People don’t realize how much they waste on their yards.
We could spend money our money that we save developing businesses, products, or services that help people get water who currently have no drinking water access besides walking several miles with a bucket.
We could simplify our lives and have more time to do whatever it is that we love, not complain about chores.