Your Green Life: "Green New Year"

By KBJR News 1

August 4, 2010 Updated Nov 23, 2013 at 2:48 PM CDT

January first is a day full of pledges that people make hoping to better their lives in the New Year.

Northlanders opened up about some of the changes they hope will improve their lives and surroundings as meteorologist Shannon Murphy explains in, "Your Green Life."

The New Year gives people hope for a new start.

"Just basically focus on me to get myself for next year... you know what I'm saying?" asked Reco.

"To make lots of money and become famous," stated John.

"To grow up and graduate and have a brand new life," said Ormella.

But the most common resolution for 2009 is people wanting to improve their health.

"My New Year's resolution is to quit smoking," said Tony.

"Try to quit smoking," said Jon.

"Quit smoking," said Amber.

"Quit smoking and lose some weight," said Rob.

"And to stop smoking cigarettes," said Eric.

This year, I am challenging you to also improve the health of the environment we live in, but it seems as though the Northland already has a head start.

The first tip: B.Y.O.B. Bring your own bag.

"Instead of using plastic or paper bags, use the bags that they have at the stores to continuously carry things around," said Kellie.

"They are only like a dollar or so. You are putting a dollar toward the environment for something that's environmentally friendly," added Reco.

Tip number two: take advantage of public transit.

"Right now I am taking the bus a lot, since I don't have any other form of transportation. But, it helps the environment," said Matthew.

"I want to start using the buses more instead of having my mom drop me off and stuff.... We can save energy and gas money," said Tobias.

And the last tip: simply think about the waste you can eliminate from your life.

"I normally use the water out of the tap," said Kellie.

"Recycle as much as they possibly can, reuse... don't abuse...we are on mother earth.. Hurray!" exclaimed John.

"Give a hoot, don't pollute," said Marty.

"I am just to saying to everybody... start caring about the environment because it's the only one we got. The only one earth we got. We got to start caring," said Richard.

And the final message to you all.

"Have a Happy New Years!" said Janice.

And keep it green.

In Duluth, meteorologist Shannon Murphy, the Northland's NewsCenter.

Another easy green tip for the New Year... vacation close to home in 2009. Consider day trips or weekend excursions nearby.