Welcome to my 'What Is Going Green' post!
First of all, I must congratulate you for taking the time to research GOING GREEN.
As a qualified teacher, I am passionate about education and the impact it can have on bettering our future. It is down to us individuals to do our research and make small changes to the way we live our lives.
These small changes are easy to make and can have a big impact on our health, the health of our family, and our environment. This website is designed for everyday people looking to make these changes. Here you will learn a legitimate way to GO GREEN!
Let me be completely transparent with you, I am not here to pitch or sell anything to you. I am here to reveal and to assist you on your journey of going green!
Why Go Green?
This is a phrase that seems to be popping up everywhere these days; our local stores, beauty parlors, clothing stores, coffee shops, and work environments.
There seems to be a transition towards a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle. This is because our planet is facing some drastic environmental issues that have arisen from our human activity and the industrial revolution.
Some concerning issues we are currently facing include overpopulation, resource depletion, natural disasters, wildfires, nuclear issues, intensive farming, genetically modified food, pollution, world war, worldwide hunger, droughts, extinction, and melting of the polar ice caps.
These issues are a growing concern because the frequency of natural disasters is on the increase and many have been directly linked to human activity and climate change.
The one positive aspect here is the fact that we can potentially slow this down which will provide us with more time to make the crucial changes needed for a hopeful future. We must GO GREEN.
I found it surprising that GOING GREEN can have positive effects on your personal health. If you are not willing to make a few small changes for the benefit of future generations - at the very least do it for yourself.
Choosing green alternatives can reduce your exposure to toxins and chemicals. Many toxins and chemicals increase the chances of illness and disease.
Is Climate Change Real?
The picture below is photoshopped, but don't let that fool you into thinking its all a joke. The simple answer is, yes. Climate change is very real and serious.
For a long time, it was just viewed as something that free-thinking people believed in or it was an idea that had little scientific evidence to back it up. But this just isn't true. There is so much evidence now that looking the other way just isn't an option.
So what is climate change? What is the evidence?
Climate Change Evidence...
You do not need to dig deep to find research about how the environment is changing. Every organization that is rooted in this field has published articles, blogs, research findings, and news articles about the latest developments.
- National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA)
- United Nations Environment Program
- British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
- National Geographic
- World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
- The Royal Society
- Technology, Education & Design (TED)
- The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine (NASEM)
- Tree Hugger
- Extinction Rebellion
What Is Going Green?
Going green means making changes to live in a way that is environmentally friendly and sustainable. These actions aim to minimize the impact you have on the environment from inhabiting it.
These actions help maintain the natural ecological balance in the environment, preserving its resources and systems. Besides, these changes will improve your health and the health of others.
The three basic principles to going green and they are:
- Reducing pollution
- Conserving natural resources
- Protecting the balance of nature
Thee are many areas in your life that you can achieve these principles:
Pollution is a substance in our environment that has poisonous and harmful effects. This happens when they enter the environment faster than they are removed.
When most people think of pollution they think pollution in the air. However, there are several categories. They are commonly categorized by their environment, for example, air pollution, water pollution, and land pollution.
Every type of pollution has negative effects on the environment and wildlife, plus it often impacts human health and well-being. Reducing our pollution plays an important role in going green.
To reduce pollution, consider our impact on the different categories of pollution. How do I contribute to air, water, and land pollution? How can I reduce my pollution?
Conserving Natural Resources...
Examples of our Earth's natural resources consist of air, water, soil, minerals, plants, animals, and sunlight. We depend on natural resources for our survival.
Some of these resources can be generated quickly e.g. growing small plants. Others take longer e.g. growing big trees. Sadly, some resources are nonrenewable, such as fossil fuels. This means that they can not be replaced. Once they are gone, they are gone.
If our natural resources and not carefully managed, they will be used up. If looked after and used consciously, they will last much longer. Conservation is the practice of taking care of these resources so that they can support life.
The number of people on the planet is always increasing. In the last two centuries, the population has grown at an alarming rate. Every single person needs access to the planet's resources and when there are billions of people using them, they get used up quickly.
By using our resources wisely, we can conserve them for future generations. Reduce, reuse, and recycle! These are actions we can all take daily to conserve our natural resources.
Unfortunately, many of the products we use today and made from unsustainable resources. The food we eat, the products we use, the clothes we wear, the cleaning products we spray, the power in our homes, and the vehicles we drive.
However, there are sustainable products available to us. Sustainable products have been developed without the depletion of natural resources. Because of sustainable development, conservation and development can coexist in harmony.
Protecting the Balance of Nature...
Earth's natural systems have a state of equilibrium. This is when all-natural life can co-exist together. There is a balance that enables this to happen. If one element is disturbed there is a knock-on effect to other elements and the balance is lost.
Maintaining the balance of nature on Earth involves protecting the relationship between Earth and its ecosystem. The atmosphere and weather are the components we need to protect.
Climate change is happening so the balance of nature has been disturbed and we need to take measures to return it to its state of equilibrium. We must tackle climate change.
Who Is Going Green?
Change is taking place all over the world. From everyday people, celebrities, policymakers, and world leaders. Here are some celebrity examples who are GOING GREEN:
- Leonardo Dicaprio
- Pierce Brosnan
- Brad Pitt
- Gisele Bundchen
- Cate Blanchett
- Edward Norton
- Al Gore
- Jamie Oliver
- Maroon 5
- Dave Matthews Band
- Daryl Hannah
- BBC David Attenborough
- Stephen Fry
- Greta Thunberg
Ordinary people are beginning to learn about climate change, the consequences we are facing, and are taking action. They are deciding that going green is the ONLY way forward.
Whether this is because they want to live a healthier life, have a positive impact on the planet, or build a safer future for their families; going green will support this.
Either way, lots of individuals, companies, policies, cities, countries, continents, and world leaders are going green.
But is this enough? Can we make a difference?
Can We Make a Difference?
Does all of this sound a little overwhelming? Does it make you feel that one person will hardly make a difference?
STOP RIGHT NOW... YOU CAN HELP!!
We have all the knowledge and research we need, now it is a case of acting upon it. You can make informed decisions about how to change some of your daily actions in a way that reduces your impact on the environment.
Be a part of the generation who saves the future!
Yes, we need more changes in our societies and from our world leaders because these changes will have big lasting impacts. However, individuals play a crucial role in making these changes take place.
If you follow me, you will learn about what is meant by going green, small and easy changes you can make that will enable you to see how easy it can be.
Remember - you are a part of a much bigger picture. Every green decision you make is significant because each act adds together and has a BIGGER impact.
The more people that join us in learning About Going Green, the bigger and better the impact we will have on climate change.
Are you familiar with the term 'knowledge is power'? There is a reason why people say this. When a person peruses knowledge, they equip themselves with the information they need to make the most effective actions.
I have found that when people talk, research, or discover something about an environmental issue, it resonates deeply with them. They feel a connection to the planet and aim to become more responsible.
I believe this is because we are talking about concerns for our health, the health of our loved ones, the environment where we live and the life we leave for future generations.
Environmental knowledge has a direct emotional impact on us because climate change has a direct impact on our lives and our safety. Let us learn for a better future!
Make Small Changes...
Our actions are our nobody's responsibility but our own. They are the choices we make every day. Making bad decisions can lead to feelings of guilt and depression. Whereas good decisions can make us feel proud and motivated. Let's start feeling good about ourselves and the decisions we make on a day to day basis.
Whether it be remembering to turn off lights as you leave a room or switching to a more environmentally diet - the changes we make to our daily living have an impact on our environment. These choices can affect your body, home environment, neighborhood, town, city, country, economy, and our planet!
OK, so many people reading this might be thinking "I don't want to spend money changing to LED light bulbs because it will cost me the money". But did you know that by making this small change now, you are investing in your future? Changing lightbulbs to LEDs can be expensive but it will save you money in the longterm.
Every GO GREEN decision has a positive impact on our environment and your health. How? The health of the planet has a direct impact on our planet. On top of that, many green alternatives have a direct impact on our health too!
Be a Positive Influence...
We are natural teachers and share are the latest habits with the people we know and care about. Could you imagine the impact this could have?
What if you were to share this website with two people you know and care about today? What if those two people were to do the same the very next day? What if those four people were to do the same the day after that and so on.
Can you imagine how many people this information was to reach if we were to do this? To share this page with somebody you love and care about, please use the social icons on the left-hand side of this page.
Talk to your friends, family, and colleagues about your discoveries and how they have encouraged and empowered you to live a healthier life.
The more knowledge you discover, the more changes you make and the more you talk to family and friends, the more likely it is that:
- They will hold you to your goals;
- You will have a positive impact on them;
- They will share it with somebody else.
Let's make Going Green contagious!!
What Is Going Green? The Final Verdict!
A variety of reliable sources from around the world have proven that the evidence for climate change is indeed real and taking place. The consequences will be disastrous unless we GO GREEN.
Living sustainably will have positive effects on our health, the health of our environment and will support future life on earth. Going green involves reducing our pollution, preserving the world's resources, an