Earth Team Action Force (ETAF) is Oakwood Friends School’s environmental club. As our name suggests, we’re taking action against global warming on our campus. According to the EPA, in 2006 the US produced over 251 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW), meaning that each person produced 4.6 pounds of MSW per day - but composting and recycling redirected 82 million tons of that 251 million. This proves the importance of what ETAF does to help our earth and ourselves. Oakwood is a small community, which is even more reason to go green as it should be easier than if we had thousands of people producing thousands of pounds of waste. Despite our size, every bit we can do helps. We’re not only focusing on solid waste, but our carbon footprint as well. According to the U.S. EPA 2006 Emissions Inventory, the CO2 emitted from burning fossil fuels (coal, oil & natural gas) represents over 90% of net U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. This is a big part of why our ecosystem is wasting away, and we believe it is necessary and very urgent that we address this problem by buying carbon credits to offset the amount of carbon we emit, but also by reducing our carbon dioxide output- if there’s less carbon coming out, that’s even less of a problem. The U.S. DOE calculates that buildings consume over 40% of total energy—including 70% of America’s electricity—and account for 38% of carbon emissions in the US. This is a huge amount! We know that we can’t just ignore the amount of carbon our campus is putting out into the atmosphere, and carbon neutrality would be so much better for our world.