Earth Month Kids Contest 2013 Winners

Category: Earth Month Kids Contest Published: Saturday, 18 November 2017 Written by Super User


Earth Month Video/Essay Contest, "Focusing our Energy on the Future"

K-5 winners:
Individual Essay, K-5: Nikhita Bontha of Richland, "Big Battery Earth"
Group Essay, K-5: Lore and Thor Walter of West Richland, "Many Ways to Save Energy at Home"
Individual Video, K-5: Ezra Beus of Richland, "Conserving Energy with Essential Oils"

Middle School winners:
Individual Essay, 6-8: Aarti Sahai of Richland, "An Eco-Friendly Day"
Individual Video, 6-8: Shiv Sanan of Richland, "How We Can Conserve Energy in the 21st Century"
Individual Essay, 6-8: Sahai and Tandon Families, "The Fabulous Five on Energy Conservation".

High School winner:
1st Place Individual Essay, 9-12 AND 2013 People''s Choice Award: Sajal Sanan of Hanford High School, "Conserving Energy My Way"

Honorable Mentions were given to Naveena Bontha of Richland for her essay titled, "The Great Green Beauty", and to The Improve Energizers for their video "The Energetic Sleepover".

Cash prizes total $1,000 and are generously donated by community sponsors to the Mid-Columbia Earth Month & Sustainble Energy and Environmental Network.  Check out all the entries below!


Conservation of Energy
By the Fabulous Five



How I Conserve Energy
By Shiv, Grade 7



The Energetic Sleepover
By The Improve Energizers



Conserving Energy with Essential Oils
by Ezra



Big Battery Earth
By Nikhita, 3rd grade

The Earth is like a big battery. It is full of energy, but whenever you use it, you waste a little bit
of energy. Soon, there will be no more energy. To generate energy, we are burning fuels that come from
earth, also called fossil fuels. Burning fossil fuels is very unclean because it produces dangerous gases.
Also, fossil fuels once used cannot be regenerated. That means if we run out of fossil fuels, there are no
more. Luckily, there are other kinds of energy available on earth that can be used to produce electricity.
These are solar energy, wind energy, and hydro energy. There is so much of this energy that we do not
have to worry about running out. In addition, these sources of energy do not produce gases that are bad
for us.

Solar energy comes from the sun. Scientists have built small devices called solar cells which are
able to absorb sun light and make it into electricity. The only problem with solar cells is that they are
very delicate and very expensive to build. Another type of renewable energy is Wind energy. Wind
energy uses windmills that look like big fans. These fans go around as the wind blows and this helps
make electricity. The last kind of energy is Hydro energy. This is the energy that is in the ocean tides as
they move forward and backward. Like wind energy, small windmills are put in the ocean and whenever
a wave strikes the windmill, it is turned into energy.

These are some new ways that scientists are making energy. All of these ways are called green
energy because they do not produce any dangerous gases such as Carbon Dioxide, Methane, and
Nitrous Oxide. These alternate sources of energy will keep the air and water clean and the earth safe for
a very long time. Go Green!


Many Ways to Save Energy At Home
By Lore (2nd grade) and Thor (5th grade)

Try these ways to conserve energy today for a better life tomorrow! We do lots of things
to conserve energy at our house. We use lots of previously used stuff, like used clothing,
toys, books, farm equipment, and buy stuff from the ReStore.

And we grow local. We grow a garden; do aquaponics for fish and vegetables, and ducks
and geese for eggs. We get used egg cartons from our friends and neighbors.

The ducks and geese eat our grass, so we don’t have to use a lawn mower that uses
gasoline. The ducks eat bugs, so we don’t have to use poisons on our plants. The ducks
and geese also naturally fertilize our lawns and gardens so we have drive to a store to get

When we grow our garden we start with used milk jug green houses to start our seeds.
We have replaced some bushes around the house with blueberries and strawberries. We
replace the ugly bushes with pretty ones that we can eat the fruit from.

We can the extra fruit and vegetables that we don’t eat. We have made syrup, jam and
grape juice and pickles. We made dried apples that we put in our oatmeal. We have
planted walnut trees, almond trees, cherry and apple trees and hazelnut bushes. We
don’t have to drive to the store as often because we already have a lot of our food at

We do not use much air-conditioning. We open the windows at night when it is cooler.
Then in the morning we close them and close the window shades. We keep the doors
shut too. This keeps the hot air out, and the cool air in. We learned this from our
grandma. This is how she kept her house cool when she was a kid before they got air-

We recycle at our house. We use jars for storing collections, money, or opened food to keep it fresh. We reuse cans as scoops to feed the ducks & geese. We put our food waste into a compost bin. Composting makes the food waste break down so it can go back in to
the soil.


The Three Musketeers: An Eco-Friendly Day
By Aarti, age 11

Have you ever wondered if you could spend a whole day engaging in eco-friendly
activities while still going about your hectic lifestyle? Well, that’s why I’m here now! In
this essay, I, the feminine triplet musketeer Aarti Sahai, will portray how my fellow brother
musketeers’, Arjun and Akshut Sahai, enjoy an ordinary day and turn into an eco-friendly day.
But since everyone is not perfect, Arjun and Akshut will be giving me a few pointers also. Are
you ready to get green and conserve energy?

Arjun and Akshut can turn even the smallest morning activities into being energy
friendly. Their day starts by waking up and brushing their teeth. Arjun especially loves to brush
his teeth with a clean tooth brush so he rinses it frequently and that can result in water-waste.
What Arjun and any of you fellow “extra clean toothbrush” enthusiasts can do is rinse your
toothbrush with cold water for no more than ten seconds. By doing this energy friendly deed,
you can save water, still have an extra clean toothbrush, and have a fresh minty smile. After
brushing their teeth, Arjun and Akshut take showers. Arjun can be done with his shower and get
dressed faster than you can say a tongue twister ten times. But Akshut, if he could, would stay in
the shower all day and just let the steaming water run down his skin. It might sound pleasant
from a human perspective, but in terms of the environment, it can waste tons of water if
everyone showered like Akshut does. So, to end this potential disaster, take only a five minute
shower and you will still come out, squeaky clean. After brushing their teeth and getting ready
for the day, Arjun and Akshut usually sit down for breakfast. As they are eating, sometimes they
can just hear the T.V. remote calling their names. And, after a few shouts from the T.V., Arjun
and Akshut give in and end up watching a substantial amount of television. But what Arjun and
Akshut could and should do, is carry on healthy conversation with their family members before
tackling the day, instead of getting their brains foggy and tired. Also, having the T.V. on for long
periods of time can result in energy waste. After Arjun and Akshut eat breakfast, sometimes they
go and play videogames. Well, it sounds fun, and most likely it is, but again having electronics
on for long periods of time can result in massive energy waste. The solution to this is, instead of
wasting time in front of your T.V. or gaming console, you could be outside throwing a ball or
engaging in safe physical activities. When Arjun and Akshut are finished with watching T.V.
and playing videogames, they usually have lunch. Sometimes while they are having lunch, they
tend to suffer from severe boredom, so Arjun and Akshut occasionally love to get their IPod’s or
their I Pad’s out and watch videos or just browse the web. But sometimes, they forget to turn
them off, and end up leaving their IPod’s or I Pad’s on for a long period of time. This may seem
harmless initially, but in reality it can waste tons of energy, so always remember to turn off
IPods and I Pads when you are not using them. After Arjun and Akshut are done with their IPods
and I Pads, their mom is usually home so they help her out by doing the laundry. Arjun and
Akshut are great helpers, but occasionally Arjun and Akshut both wash the laundry without a full
load. That is a big mistake because then you will end up washing several small loads of laundry,

which wastes energy. So remember to always have a full load, wash with cold water, and rinse
with cold water. By the time Arjun and Akshut are done with the laundry, they feel very tired so
they just lounge around until dinner time. Sometimes they will feel very cold and tend to
increase the heat on the thermostat so they will be warm. But instead of wasting all that energy,
they could just put on sweatshirts and still be warm and toasty. When dinner time arrives, the
boys usually discuss the events of the day with their family and listen to their family members’
days. After dinner, Arjun and Akshut sometimes take the honor of doing the dishes. But what
most people don’t realize is that most of their dishwashers use hot water to clean their dishes,
and using hot water for only a couple plates can waste energy. So whenever you are doing the
dishes, remember to use cold water to rinse the plates before loading them into the dishwasher.
Always make sure your dishwasher is full when you are using it. So that was Arjun and Akshut’s
ordinary day, and I hope you and the boys have learned how to turn your ordinary day into an
extraordinary day.

Arjun and Akshut also gave me some fabulous tips on ways to conserve energy! Arjun
and Akshut have told me sometimes when it is hot outside I like to read books on the patio. But
when the heat gets to me, I often get a small electric fan outside to provide cooling. Arjun and
Akshut said that I should plant a tree in the sunniest side of our house so that way I can read
my books and save energy while doing it. Another thing Arjun and Akshut told me was that
sometimes I have the lights on for no reason. They said that I should only have the lights on
when I need to because that saves energy. The final recommendation Arjun and Akshut told me
is that sometimes when I leave the house, I leave my computer on. The boys said that I should
always turn my computer off, even if I’m only going to be gone for a few minutes, because it
saves our universe’s most prized possession, energy!

In conclusion, I hope you have learned a number of ways on how to make your house
energy efficient because I know Arjun, Akshut, and I have. Remember to conserve water and
energy by using less. That means shorter toothbrush rinse times, shorter showers, and full loads
in the washing machine and dishwasher. It also means to take time to enjoy your family by
watching less T.V. and playing fewer videogames. Remember to turn off computers, I Pads
and IPods, and unnecessary lights when not in use. If we all take one step at a time towards
conserving energy, this earth will be so much more eco-friendly. On behalf of my fellow
musketeers, Arjun and Akshut Sahai, “This is the Three Musketeers signing out!”


Washington- The Great Green Beauty
By Naveena 8th grade

Can you imagine a world where the sky is permanently a black color? Where cars are banned
due to their emissions? Where the only way to breathe is to use a breathing apparatus? This may sound
like a bad science fiction plot. But in reality this could be our future in 10 to 15 years due to global
warming. Global warming is the gradual increase of the Earth’s temperature. This summer alone twenty-
one states have reached 118 degrees, and 49 states have reached 100 degrees. Washington was the
only state that did not reach 100 degrees, its highest being 89 degrees. I don’t believe in coincidences,
and I believe that there were certain factors which came into play.

Washington gets a lot of its electricity from hydroelectric sources. When the electricity
is provided by the water, we are not burning fossil fuels. The burning of the fossil fuels puts out
greenhouse gases such as Carbon Dioxide, Methane, Nitrous Oxide, and Hydroflurocarbons. These gases
form a layer in the atmosphere which reflects the sun’s rays, making it hotter. Usually, the sun’s rays
are bounced onto the earth and then they are bounced back into the atmosphere. The greenhouse
gases reflect and trap the sun’s rays, which make its atmosphere hotter and hotter. Luckily, because
Washington is using hydroelectric sources to get electricity, we are not putting out greenhouse gases,
which do not form a layer in the atmosphere, and our temperatures are still reasonable.

Washington also has a lot of greenery. It is a very fertile state, meaning that we have
many plants and trees which are able to grow here. Plants are an important part of the Carbon cycle.
The plants need carbon dioxide for photosynthesis, which is their way of feeding themselves. Using
carbon dioxide and light, they are able to feed themselves, and put out clean oxygen as a byproduct.
The plants are able to take the carbon dioxide out of the air, and use it. This would maintain the balance
in nature- We put out carbon dioxide, the plants take the carbon dioxide and put out oxygen, and we
then use the oxygen and put out carbon dioxide, which keeps the cycle in balance. But after the
Industrial revolution in the 1970`s, we started putting out tons of carbon dioxide. The average vehicle
alone puts out around 5 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year! With this much carbon dioxide in the air,
the cycle was completely knocked out of balance. The plants remove the carbon dioxide very slowly, and
we are putting it out by the minute with all our activities. Not only to the plants absorb the carbon
dioxide, the oceans also absorb the carbon dioxide, making the oceans more acidic, and unlivable for the
flora and the fauna. Currently, our atmosphere is home to about 33.8 gigatons of carbon dioxide. These
emissions life in our atmosphere, and reflect the sun’s rays back onto the Earth, making it very hot.
Scientists predict that in the next 50 years, the temperatures will raise 2 to 11 degrees Fahrenheit. The
consequences of this warming are drastic. Scientists originally predicted that the oceans would rise 7 to
23 inches. But a new estimate factoring in the melting of the polar ice caps shows that the oceans could
rise 3 to 4 feet by 2050. Many coastal cities and islands would be under water such as parts of California,
Florida, New York, etc. In order to damage our future even more, people are cutting down forests and
other parts of greenery for the industry. Not only are we putting out emissions, in this process we are
also taking down natures strategy to remove emissions

It is our job to fix the mistakes that our ancestors made. As a great philosopher once said- “It is
the little things in life that make all the difference.”Go out. Plant a tree. Take the bus. Play outside. Turn
the lights off. These are all small things we can do to reduce our carbon footprint. Everybody can play a
part in reducing our carbon emissions. We can do this together! Let`s go GREEN.


Conserving Energy My Way
By Sajal, 9th grade

When you hear the words, “conserve energy” the first thing that usually pops up is turning off
the lights, riding bikes, and using less water. The thing is, there are hundreds of simple ways to conserve
energy rather than just taking the bus or showering within a couple of minutes. Simple ways to save
energy could be to turn the thermostat down, plant trees, and use hand towels instead of paper ones.
Other interesting ways to save energy are to use safety plugs in unused outlets so outside air doesn’t
leak into your home. With all these different ways to save energy, where does a person begin? Well,
start off by unplugging your phone charger when your phone is completely charged or using cold water
when washing clothes instead of warm. There are so many ways to save our energy!

Personally, my family and I conserve energy in simple, yet meaningful ways. When we wake up,
we open all of our blinds instead of turning the lights on. To add to that, we also don’t turn on our lights
until it is no longer bright enough outside. We have changed all of our light bulbs to fluorescents to save
energy. One cool energy saving item we have is our electrical output box that has an official seal of
energy-saving! Also, my brother and I like to use solar powered calculators instead of calculators that
require batteries. Batteries are one of those items that can very well be recycled but really never are.
Statistics show that the average household uses about 1.2 pounds of sealed cell batteries a year. The
problem is that many of these end up in our landfills. The average cost to recycle them is about $2.00 a
household yet only a small percentage are collected for recycling. 200,000 tons of batteries are used a
year, so if people switched to solar powered items, think about how much energy we would save!

As a little kid, I’ve always thought of conserving energy by using apple juice instead of gasoline
to power cars. Although battery powered cars have been invented, I’ve always thought of what resource
we abundantly have on this Earth that could power a car. So why not power a car with water? We know
water can produce electricity already, so could scientists come up with a way to use that hydroelectricity
to power automobiles? If we could use water instead of gasoline we would not only be saving the
environment, but also save a lot of energy. When gasoline is burned, it releases greenhouse gasses.
Although cars over the generations have lowered the amount of emission released, it still has not been
completely stopped. Using water would discard that problem. Also, water is a much cheaper alternative
that oil that has to be imported from other countries.

Saving energy doesn’t have to be worldwide though, you can even start saving at local scales
such as at school. All around school, energy is wasted. Computers are always running even when they
are not used, school bathroom lights are also continuously on. Another big waste of energy at school is
the amount of lighting used in each classroom. The positive outlook to these problems is that they can
easily be fixed. Computers can be turned off when they are not being used and only turned on if a class
is going to be using them. Bathroom lights also don’t need to be on the whole school day, most of the

time certain bathrooms are only used once! Sense activated lights can be very beneficial to bathrooms
in this case. That way, light is only used when necessary and not the whole day. Also, when you walk
into a classroom there are about 20 light panels. Although each section can be turned on by different
switches, it’s still useless to have so many. Most teachers only need to use a section or so of light so it
would help a lot to reduce the amount in classrooms. It’s understandable that students and teachers
need light to read and write but the amount of light is excessive! Plus there are many large windows
built in classes to allow natural light into the classrooms.

If I could change how Iused energy we could make a HUGE difference. Just by simply starting at
home you can advance locally, and then even globally! Even changing tiny things that surround us can
save so much energy. The future of energy conservation is growing, and by contributing to that by taking
baby steps we could soon be living in an environmentally safe planet!

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