Just What Does It Mean To Go Green?

You probably know that going green is important to conserve and preserve the Earth for both current inhabitants but also future generations. You likely even want to go green, but just what does the concept mean? It’s more than just recycling; going green is far more than putting cans and glass in the nearest recycle bin. Truly embracing the concept of going green means living a lifestyle that is not overly detrimental to nature and is a sustainable path. It’s a combination of minimizing your damage to the environment and making sure resources are leftover for future generations, and it usually comes down to five fundamentals you can exercise daily:

1) Reducing Pollution: When it comes to reducing pollution, you need to focus on how many toxic substances you let loose into the environment on a daily basis. Think about when you use soap, shampoo, or household cleaners. These have substances and chemicals within them that wind up going down drains, through plumbing, and then winding up flowing through rivers on their way to sea where they affect sea life or even get turned into rain that comes back to haunt you with its acidity. Do what you can to minimize this in your home or use natural or biodegradable cleaners.

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2) Conserving available resources: You have to keep in mind that the Earth, while a huge planet, is not growing in size, and its resources are limited. Humanity’s population continues to grow in size, there is increasing development of technology and mass industry that manufactures the things the population needs, consuming those limited resources. Whenever you can, buy things made from sustainable resources like bamboo, and save or fix everything you can.

3) Conservation of energy: Much of the world’s energy still comes from fossil fuels whose supplies are dwindling and polluting. Use energy-efficient appliances when you can, cut down on your electricity use, and drive hybrid vehicles.

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4) Reduction of personal consumption: As the world’s supplies are so limited, it’s senseless to waste them. Also, as the population grows, there are fewer places to dump trash and waste. While going green is more than just recycling, this step is very much about recycling as much as you can, and more than just drink bottles. Donate unwanted furniture and clothes to second-hand stores.

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5) Guarding nature’s balance: Earth’s biodiversity is a treasure that once destroyed can not be recovered. Do not take part in hunting unless there are local limits that protect the sustainability of a species.

If you truly care about the Earth and what is left for future inhabitants of the planet, then you know you have to go green as a lifestyle, and these five ways are how to do it.

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