There is a growing awareness on the importance of going green.
It’s a good thing, because that awareness will help preserve the planet and ensure that future generations will still have a comfortable place to live in.
We’ve all seen how climate change has affected the world—from increasing frequency of natural disasters to deteriorating natural resources, which most of us heavily depend on. And if humans continue to use up the Earth’s resources, there won’t be much left for our children to use. If we exert the effort to go green, our planet and the future generation will thank us for it.
“Going green” solves a huge part of the problem. But what changes can you make to your lifestyle to help contribute? What does it mean to “go green”?
Make smarter food choices
This is likely the simplest way to go green. Every day we make choices on what we eat, where we purchase our food, and how we prepare it. Simply be conscious when you choose the foods you serve to your family. Go local and organic. By buying local produce, you’re not just helping the local economy, but you also increase the likelihood that your food is free from chemicals and preservatives.
Eating organic foods also reduces the emissions caused by the processing and transportation of foods from their sources to your local store.
Energy has done our lives a lot of good. It helps us watch television, cook dinner, take a warm bath, communicate with our loved ones, and have nearly unlimited options to choose from at the grocery store. But producing energy and putting it to use has tremendous effects on the environment. Electricity comes from power plants, engines burn gasoline and release carbon dioxide. Each one is a major source of air pollution in the country.
Coal mining, a common source of energy, also produces harmful chemicals like carbon and sulfur dioxide. Today, ‘clean coal technology” is being developed to eliminate the production of these harmful materials and lessen the amount of coal burned.
Did you know that we can prevent one pound of carbon dioxide every hour from getting into the atmosphere by using a renewable energy source?
Going green means also getting energy from alternative sources like wind and the sun. Search for local providers of alternative energy. You can also have solar panels or other solar powered energy sources installed at your home. Many of these products come with tax benefits. And there are numerous providers of energy efficient appliances both local and online, like EnergyEarth.
At the same time, using less energy in your daily lifestyle can also help you be more “green”. Easy changes like unplugging appliances when not in use, switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs, and lowering your thermostat in the winter (or raising it in the summer) can all add up if you make the decision now to change how you use energy every day.
Water is non-renewable. Our planet could be on the brink of clean water shortage if we keep up with our wasteful habits. Conserve water by using water-saving appliances. Simple changes like taking shorter showers and install low-flow shower heads. We all can easily do that. Another helpful tip? Avoid bottled water. It reduces the emissions caused by the production and transport of plastic bottles.
Reduce, reuse, and recycle
It may be a tired saying from when you were a kid, but “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” is no less important now than it was 20 years ago. Because we’ve mostly ignored it, and energy usage has continued to go up, the three R’s are now more important than ever. Remember – your trash doesn’t just disappear. We must reuse as much as possible. Items that can’t be reused typically go to landfills or sewers, where they sit for decades or more.
We must all reduce the items we use and consume to minimize harmful wastes. Reusing and recycling things will also lessen the waste materials and prevent new raw materials from being used, like trees.
Recycling can free up our landfills and prevent flooding. As a matter of fact, 64 million tons of waste are kept from clogging landfills due to recycling more than a decade ago.
Everything we do has an impact on the planet. So we have to be careful of every single thing we do. Little steps can save the planet from total destruction. Things like using more energy-efficient appliances are a good start. Combine those with green practices and we can be sure that we’re leaving the future generation with a planet that’s still rich in resources.