Published on March 5th, 2012 | by Guest Contributor2
2012 The Year Of Going Green
For many generations men and women have littered our planet with waste, and aggressively depleted earth’s natural resources. In recent years, public thought on environmental concerns has begun to shift. There is a major trend amongst both developed and developing nations that promotes what is known as ‘going green’. Green practices reduce an individual or company’s negative footprint on the environment, and decrease the amount of earth’s diminishing resources used to produce needed products or services.
Why We Must Take Action
Our landfills simply cannot contain the huge amount of waste we pour into them each year. If we do not switch to using biodegradable materials soon, we will soon run out of designated waste lands to dispose of our trash.
Our global famine levels are horrendous. Green agriculture is essential to empowering the poor in developing nations to grow their own food in an affordable manner. We must take action to ensure that global starvation comes to an end.
Our ozone layer is depleting because of the toxins we pump into the atmosphere on a daily basis. Many believe that this has caused Global Warming, which throws off the earth’s natural weather system and threatens to cause epic natural disasters such as floods and famines. The only way to stop this ozone deterioration is to proactively reduce the amount of harmful chemicals we release into the environment.
We have lived carelessly for far too long, and we must take action during 2012 if we hope to have a safe planet for our children, and our children’s children, to enjoy in the future. If we do not go green, the future is bleak. We cannot expect to sustain our current levels of waste and pollution without devastating results. The time is now; action on the part of every citizen is imperative.
The Benefits of Going Green
Going green in 2012 will enhance your life in myriad ways. Here are a few of the most basic benefits you can expect to enjoy for living responsibly:
1. Save money – Simple changes, like switching to CFL or LED lights instead of incandescent lights, can save up to 90% of the energy previously expended to light any given room. This directly translates into lower electricity bills. Recycling your bottles instead of throwing them into the garbage can also beef up your budget, as you can redeem these items for cash at local redemption sites.
2. Gain health – Purchasing local produce that has not been genetically engineered or smothered in harmful pesticides is not only good for the environment, it is also good for your immune system. Eating grass-fed beef instead of consuming cows that were raised on feed farms will reduce your chances of disease, and will increase the health benefits of the red meat you consume. Green eating practices benefit both you, and the planet.
3. Safeguard the future – Do you really want your children growing up on a planet where they have to wear suits to protect themselves from harmful UV rays, because the earth’s protective ozone layer is gone? Do you want them living in fear of a Tsunami or draught that comes as the result of global warming? Of course, your answer is bound to be a resounding no. Going green provides the exceptional benefit of peace of mind, knowing that you are doing everything possible to ensure the safety and well-being of future generations.
2012 is the Year of Going Green. Join the movement, and make a difference for future generations.