Why not spice up your next car ride or bus trip? In this game you get to be on the lookout for things that are good for our environment or that can help reduce global warming.
You can use our handy-dandy bingo card generator to make sure that everyone gets his or her own unique card. Throw it in a plastic sleeve and mark it with a dry-erase marker and you’ve got yourself a reusable game! Want to know why we picked the things that appear on your card? Scroll down to learn more about each item in the game.
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Click on a tile to learn about how each item affects the environment.
Bike lanes encourage people to ride bikes. Riding bikes, unlike driving cars, does not add planet-warming greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.
For every person on a bus, it’s one less car on the road. Cars and the gas they burn add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, which contribute to global warming.
Professional car washes use less water than if you wash a car yourself. If everyone in the U.S. who washes their car themselves took just one visit to the car wash we could save nearly 8.7 billion gallons of water.
If you are going to drive, why not take more than just yourself? The more people you cram in your car the less other cars need to be on the road.
Electric driers use a lot of energy—energy that likely comes from burning fossil fuels that release greenhouse gases. It doesn’t use any energy to just throw your clothes on a clothesline and wait for them to dry!
All that paper to make those disposable coffee cups has to come from somewhere. Those trees that were cut to make the cup could be sucking greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Use a reusable mug when you can!
Riding a bike is a great way to cut back on pollution. Sure, it might be a little bit more work, but it doesn't release any harmful greenhouse gases into the air. Plus it keeps you fit and is fun too!
Diesel gas is more efficient than regular unleaded gas, so diesel cars can get better mileage than regular cars. This can mean fewer greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere.
Electric cars are great because they don’t use gasoline. Burning fossil fuels adds greenhouse gases to the environment and can cause our planet to warm.
Buying local food is good for the environment because it requires little or no transportation to get to you. It doesn’t get much more local than food from a nearby farm!
Food from a farmer's market comes from nearby. Buying close food means less energy is required to transport it, which means less gas is burned to get the food to you.
Crops, like other plants, remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases cause our planet to warm.
The plants in gardens help remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. They also can produce locally-grown food. Locally-grown food is good because it doesn’t require a lot of gas to transport.
Hybrid cars use both gas and electricity. Because they use electricity, they burn less gas and are better for the environment.
Why not walk? It might take a bit longer, but you are also helping the Earth out by not driving. Driving releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, which contributes to global warming.
For every person raking leaves by hand, that is one less person using a leaf blower. Leaf blowers use lots of energy and can release greenhouse gases and pollution into the atmosphere.
Trash is an eyesore and it can be harmful to animals and damage natural ecosystems. Properly disposing of it is a great way to help the environment.
Parks are great habitats for animals and plants. They also protect land from other developments—like factories, houses, or roads—that can release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and cause it to warm.
By putting something in a recycling bin, you are cutting back on trash that would end up in a landfill and on the energy used to make something from scratch.
Recycling centers turn old things into material for new things. Recycling means less pollution and less fuel burned to make the energy needed to produce new things.
Rivers provide habitats for animals and plants and help vegetation grow. Vegetation can remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.
Solar power is anything (solar panels, for example) that uses energy from the sun to create electricity. Solar power is great for the environment because it doesn’t burn gas.
No matter how you look at it, throwing clothes and other goods away can be very wasteful. You can cut back on waste and energy by donating clothes and other goods to a thrift store.
Trains transport lots of people and goods. If all those people drove cars, or all those goods were trucked, then they would be releasing a lot more planet-warming greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
Trees are great because they remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases can cause our planet to warm.
A tree nursery is great because planting and growing trees removes greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.
Wind power is any type of power that comes from wind—anything from massive wind-turbines to small windmills. Wind power is great for the environment because it doesn’t burn gas.
Yard sales happen when people sell all the old things they don’t need anymore. This cuts back on trash and also promotes recycling.