G is for… Go Green
‘Go Green’ is the buzzword of our times. Go Green is the mantra that is used everywhere, right from fashion, food, technology, health, travel… Go Green means changing one’s lifestyle for the safety and benefit of the environment.
Because of globalization, the world is becoming smaller and smaller and the lives of people (plants, animals and ecosystems) are linked with each other. Toys made in China can affect the quality of life in Europe, pesticides used in Bolivia can affect the health of people in US and and greenhouse gas emissions from Australia can affect a diminishing rainforest in Brazil.
While it is easy to say that it is not impacting me right now, but it does. Everything that we do every day has an impact on the planet, which can be good or bad.
No action is too small. Even if everyone made a few small changes in their lifestyles, it all adds up to help our environment. Each one of us can do something to help conserve and make our planet and it’s environment more friendly for us and our future generations.
Here are some simple things we can do to Go Green:
- Laptops require fewer materials to make and although they may seem expensive, they use up to 90% less energy than desktop computers.
- When using cooling systems, minimise the area being cooled. Close doors to areas not being used.
- Fixing even a tiny leak in a toilet cistern might save 36 litres of water every day.
- Reduce waste by avoiding one-piece disposable razors. Choose a quality razor with a disposable blade instead.
- Driving at 60 km/hour in third gear uses about 25% more fuel than driving at the same speed in fifth gear.
- Some of the advantages of using public transport is that you can work on a laptop, read or meditate while travel.
- Cycling reduces the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and the most common form of diabetes.
- Cut back on the use of disposable products. If the styrofoam cups used in Australia each year were placed end to end, they would circle the world ten times.
- Eat seasonal, local, organic foods — you can enjoy fresher, tastier foods and improve your personal health.
- Cook food which has ‘quick and easy’ recipes or which is a ‘meal in minutes’. This one is my favorite for a lot of reasons.
Experts say that it takes 21 days to form a new habit- that’s only 3 weeks to a healthier living. By practising the 3 Rs : Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, we can leave a green footprint on our Earth.
What are the Green choices you have made in your life?
For some more food for thought on this subject, do read Vidya’s post : Going Green
Reference : 1001 Easy Ways for Earth Wise Living & Images : Google Images