Earth Day 2008 – What did you do that was green?
Many people wonder why they should even think about going green. Here are a few reasons why you might consider it:
According to the U.S. and World population clocks, as of April 23 there are more than 303 million Americans, and over 6.6 billion people world wide. We are one of the most destructive species on the planet and there are more of us each day. We need to start taking care of our planet or it will not be here to take care of us.
Global warming is a major problem. According to facts from An Inconvenient Truth,
The number of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes has almost doubled in the last 30 years.
The flow of ice from glaciers in Greenland has more than doubled over the past decade.
At least 279 species of plants and animals are responding to global warming by moving closer to the poles.
If the warming continues, Deaths from global warming will double in just 25 years — to 300,000 people a year.
When you help heal the earth, you help heal yourself. You take care of things around you and you start taking better care of your own internal ecology. By consuming less, reusing materials, and taking time to be careful of not introducing more toxins into the environment, you are taking care of your environment and taking care of yourself at the same time.
How to start Going Green
Taking Care Outside in the Environment
- Reduce – less takeout, fewer packaged meals, stop buying bottled water, fewer car rides, use your bicycle instead or walk
- Reuse – your own plastic shopping bags, or carry reusable cloth bags for shopping
- Recycle – Reuse plastic bags, print on both sides of paper, recycle it when you don’t need it any more
Taking Care Inside at Home
- Reduce – use of chemicals in cleaners – those just go down the drain
- Reuse – packages – store foods in reusable glass jars instead of plastic containers
- Recycle – all paper, plastics, metals and glass that you don’t need
Taking Care of Your Body – Inside and Out
- Reduce – use of chemical-laden beauty products – go natural instead and use ones that have ingredients that you can read – organic, biodegradable ingredients are better for you and the environment
- Eat sustainably – eat more plant foods, less animal products. The farming of animals takes the greatest toll on our environment. Eating more greens makes you more sustainable as well – you’ll be healthier.
- Eat consciously – organic is good for the environment and your body. Organic means fewer pesticides used on plants – less pollution in the environment. Fewer pesticides in you can mean fewer allergies, less illness.
- Eat locally – less fuel to get to your table means fewer greenhouse gas emissions