How have you all been? How time flies as we have unknowingly reached the final week of the first semester of school. To sum things up, my previous blog posts have been addressing the different green initiatives implemented in our home country, with one or two tangent posts regarding recycling on a more personal level. Hence for this final post, let us delve into the importance of going green.
WHY GO GREEN?
There are many reasons why we should go green. However, I personally feel that the main reason to go green is to counterbalance the greenhouse gases that are emitted into the environment by anthropogenic activities and to help to keep a sustainable earth for each and everyone (including you and me) on the planet. After all, as my professor, Dr. Coleman likes to quote, “Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents – it was loaned to you by your children.” Hence it is only right for the future generations to enjoy earth as what we have now, if not better.
With global warming and climate change being a hot topic of discussion these days, we are constantly bombarded with the concept of “green” living as well as attempting to work together to slow down these environmental impacts, with terms such as “carbon footprint” and “energy efficiency” coined on what seems to be an everyday reminder. Therefore, with such prominent reminders from various platforms such as education and the media of how bad our Earth is degrading, some things need to be done NOW if not it will really be too late to do so in the future.
HOW TO GO GREEN?
Some might say going green is troublesome. Although I do not deny that it requires some changes to personal bad habits, once you get the hang of it, it’s really easy. Also, there is a lot of misconception that going green can be expensive but that’s not true. There are simpler and cheaper ways to go green and here are 6 ways for beginners:
- Use a reusable tumbler/ water bottle instead of disposables
- Pay your bills online instead of receiving letters in your mailbox (it’s hassle-free too!)
- Read your news online instead of subscribing to newspapers
- Shop for eco-friendly products (shopaholics can go green too)
- Clean your refrigerator coils regularly (when dust accumulates there, it makes the fridge work harder by consuming more energy)
- Use a handkerchief instead of tissue papers
Regardless of our age or social status, there are different ways that we can all contribute towards going green. Whether our actions are big or small, our actions today will determine the future for all life on earth.
Last but not least, with exams just around the corner, I wish you, my readers, all the best and may you all have a great holiday ahead but don’t forget to continue protecting our earth!
For the last time,
Kuchiya, K. (2016, March 11). 21 Simple, Cheap and Effective Ways to Go Green at Home. Retrieved from Clean Up Home : https://cleanuphome.com/21-simple-cheap-and-effective-ways-to-go-green-at-home/