Living green makes sense : Go Green
A Jolly Devi
Every year, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) honours World Environment Day on June 5 to raise awareness about environmental issues. This day is celebrated to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet earth. The first World Environment Day was celebrated in 1973. Since then it is hosted every year all over the world.
Eco-friendly living has been embraced by our generation and we all know that we can each take small steps towards saving the environment for future generations. The most positive thing that one can do is GO GREEN and THINK GREEN and take care of the environment in every way that one can.
Think and Be Green
Be mindful and be sensitive to the natural environment and advocate the 3 Rs of environmental protection. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Reduce: Your consumption, your waste, your energy consumption, your oil consumption and pollution.
Reuse: Plastic containers can become food storage, paper can become wrapping paper. The waste in which to reuse things is unlimited. All you need is to be creative- Reuse envelopes, designate a box for scrap paper and use it for printing all drafts or unofficial documents. Reuse plastic bags or better get a reusable canvas bags.
Recycle: While buying any type of product, see the labels-post consumer recycled content. Production of recycled paper uses only half the water and ¾ of the energy than new paper, every ton recycled saves almost 400 gallons (1816 litres) of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space and seventeen trees. Recycle those catalogues and newspapers rather than throwing them away and you just may save a forest for future generations to enjoy.
Thinking green means being aware of our interconnectedness with the world and reflecting on the unintended damage we cause nature in the daily course of our lives. Thinking green leads to acting green taking corrective action to make environmental responsibility a reality. Every person is the right person to act. Every moment is the right moment to begin.
Green living is a simple way to give or provide a better future and ensures that the next generation inherits more than carbon footprints (a measure of your impact on the environment in terms of the amount of green house gases produced, measured in units of carbon dioxide).
Make the green choice
Life is often so busy and stressful that consumers tend to choose products that are convenient without giving much thought to preservation of health and environment. Perhaps green living is not the complicated and time-consuming affair that it seems to be. Going green is easy to do and like most things that are good for you begins with a change in mindset. Jute bags and paper bags are thus regaining popularity. This alternative may not be as cheap as its plastic counterpart, but the price paid will still be cheap compared with the cost of saving the environment.
Go green at home
Installing solar lighting sources reduces the amount of harmful emissions released into the atmosphere during the production of electricity. Purchasing energy efficient appliances is another way to reduce harmful emissions and it pays off in a several ways. (To be contd)