What does going green mean?
Chances are, you’ve heard “going green” being bandied about quite a lot lately. Perhaps you’ve overheard a work colleague, or your parents mentioning it and you are wondering what does it actually mean and how can you get involved?
Going green is a gradual process for most people because it means implementing certain lifestyle changes that are designed to help you live in a more Eco-friendly way. You’ve become more environmentally aware and wish to change your lifestyle and behaviors to reduce the amount of waste and pollution you generate. You wish to protect the environment because the planet was here first.
Living a green lifestyle doesn’t mean huge drastic changes. Small and easy to manage changes to begin with makes all the difference. The smallest change with the biggest impact is of course recycling. Your local council has likely given you different bags and boxes for recycling, so be sure to use them. It takes moments to place a piece of plastic in its assigned recycle bag rather than the bin.
In England we generate about 177 million tonnes of waste every year. Waste sent to landfill produces methane which is a powerful greenhouse gas. While generally it is not directly harmful to humans, it is highly explosive and can cause death by asphyxiation. Methane can displace oxygen which is needed for breathing.
As well as recycling, you can do all the other little things you hear about:
• Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth and showering instead of taking a bath can save bucket loads of water.
• Switching lights off when you leave the room/when they are not necessary.
• Getting around by foot where possible instead of using your car.
• Planting a vegetable garden instead of using water hogging grass.
• Purchasing organic and chemical products where possible.
While sometimes doing all of the above seems overwhelming and time consuming, you can just practice and implement one thing at a time rather than tackling everything at once.
Instead of driving your kids to the park, try getting there on foot. Make it fun by encouraging them to hop, skip and jump (carefully!) along the way. Having to journey home the same way means there will be big appetites and whatever is placed in front of them will be demolished and there will be no food wastage either. Bonus!
Going Green doesn’t sound too bad now does it?
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