Aug 262019
What Is Going Green? – How to Improve Your Life

So, What is Going Green? This is a phrase that seems to be popping up everywhere these days.

Our local stores, office places, beauty parlors, clothing stores, coffee shops; you name it. There seems to be a transition to greener living and a healthier lifestyle for us and our planet.

This is because our planet is facing some huge environmental issues that have arisen from our human activity and the industrial revolution.

Here are some concerning issues we are currently facing-

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Overpopulation, resource depletion, natural disasters, wildfires, nuclear issues, intensive farming, animal rights issues, genetically modified food, the meat industry, pollution, toxins, world war, worldwide hunger, droughts, melting polar ice caps and climate change.

These issues are a growing concern because many of them are happening more frequently.

The list goes on…!

 

 

Is climate change real?

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This picture 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!

However, for a long time, it was just viewed as something that hippies believed in or something that had little scientific evidence to back it up.

Evidence suggests that in recent years, climate change is increasing at an alarming rate.

This is no longer the case. People all over the world from different environmental backgrounds and perspectives are being more outspoken with their findings.

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If Climate change is real – why are we not seeing more action?

There is money to be made. Everything always comes down to money.

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Let’s face it – it can be pretty hard to sell people something that grows on trees!

There is big money in war, medicine, and the fuel industry. This is why many policymakers promote or allow for these practices to continue.

Remember this, the action is happening everywhere; it is just harder to see in some places.

 

Ordinary people are waking up

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Ordinary people are beginning to learn about the impact they are having and are taking action. They are deciding that going green is the way forward.

Whether this is because they want to have a more environmentally friendly impact on the planet, want healthier and safer lifestyles, aim to preserve nature’s resources or to build a better future for future generations.

Either way, lots of individuals, companies, policies, cities, countries, and even whole continents are going green.

 

 

There is an environmental movement

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An environmental movement is now in full swing. People are standing up to their governments and policymakers and insisting on change.

Some country’s political leaders are responding better than others. For example, Greece recently (January 2020) recently elected and environmentalist as its first woman president.

Alternatively in the United States, solar power tariffs have a devastating impact on the solar industry and the potential of reducing our carbon footprint. 

 

 

What you can do to help

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Does going green make a difference? Here at About-Going-Green.com, we are certain, “YES!”, going green is making a difference!

We want to help you understand the impact you, as an individual, can have when going green.

If you follow us, you will learn about what is meant by going green and some small, easy to follow choices that will enable you to see how easy it can be.

Remember – you are always a part of the bigger picture. Every small act is significant because each act adds together and has a BIGGER impact.

The more people that join us, the bigger and better the impact will be!

 

Pursuing Green Knowledge & Taking Action

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Learning is the key factor in taking action. Often when people talk, research or discover something about an environmental issue, it resonates with them.

They feel a connection to their home and they aim to become more responsible in their everyday actions.

I believe this is because we are talking about concerns for our health, the health of our family., our home and the life we leave for future generations.

 

 

Our existence depends on it and there is only one Earth!

Yes, some people speculate and chase an idea about moving humanity to another planet, or the moon.

But what good is moving to another planet going to be, if we don’t know how to look after it?

Does our future involve us spreading across the universe, destroying every planet we touch? I hope not.

This may seem drastic, but it could potentially happen.

Instead, we ought to learn about how to look after our environment and preserve life here.

By making some small and simple changes we can become more sustainable and build a better future.

 

Action often leads to further action.

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Talk to your friends, family, and colleagues about the small changes you are making.

The more changes you make and the more you talk about them, the more likely it is that you will have a positive impact on a person you know.

If they then do the same,  they may then have a positive impact on another person.

Let’s make Going Green contagious!!

 

 

Making Environmentally Friendly & Responsible Decisions

You get a sense of achievement when you can make a difference, which in turn leads to happiness. Happiness is often contagious too.

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We all know that our actions are our responsibility. They are choices we make every day.

Let’s start feeling proud of ourselves and the decisions we make on a day to day basis.

Whether it be deciding to take the bus to work instead of driving, throwing leftover green waste into compost instead of the trashcan for landfills, turning off lights as you leave a room…. these decisions directly affect your environment and they do so on many levels.

They affect your environment, your neighborhood, your town, your city, your country, and your planet!

OK, so many people reading this might be thinking “I don’t want to spend lots of money changing to LED light bulbs because it will cost money”.

But did you know that by making this small change now, could save you money in the future?

Can you imagine how much energy would be saved if everybody in your county made this decision? Over three million people are living in the USA right now.

This small decision could result in us cutting back on all sources of power; nuclear power, hydroelectric power and the strip mining of coal.

 

 

Conserving Our Natural Resources

Through understanding ‘what is going green’ we learn how to make environmentally friendly and responsible decisions, we can sustain our planet’s natural resources.

Air, water, soil, minerals, plants, animals and sunlight are all examples of Earth’s natural resources.

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Conservation is the practice of taking care of these resources so that they can support life now and in the future.

We depend on natural resources for our survival. We need food to eat, water to drink, air to breath and resources to build a shelter.

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.

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If our natural resources and not carefully managed, they will get used up. If looked after and used consciously, they will last much longer.

By reducing our waste and using our resources wisely, we can conserve them for future generations.

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.

Sustainable development is when we use resources and ensure that we have resources for the future.

Conservation and development can coexist in harmony. As mentioned earlier, there are numerous resources that we need to conserve to live sustainable.

 

 

Protecting Your Personal Health & Safety

The most surprising thing I have found about going green in the positive effects it can have on your health.

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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.

Going green can have a huge and positive impact on your health.

Aspects of your health to consider can include diet, exercise, medicine, beauty products, personal care products, clothing and cleaning products.

Choosing green alternatives can reduce your exposure to toxins and chemicals. Many toxins and chemicals increase the chances of illness and disease.

 

 

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

We can work together for a greener future. We all have a responsibility and owe it to our future generations.

It will not only benefit you but future generations. It is therefore important to teach young children good habits too.

Let’s all join in with going green!

 

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What Is Going Green? The Final Verdict!

Climate change is unfortunately real. The time to act is now!

People all over the world are taking action, with or without the support of their political leaders.

We can all do our part to help build healthier lives for us and future generations.

There is lots of information available, you just have to know where to look for it.

Going green is about making small changes that will have a big impact.

Click here to receive my free ebook – ‘How to Take the First Step: Understanding of Impact’.

 

A Few Final Thoughts

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All the best,

Eco_Catherine

ecocatherine@about-going-green.com

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Reader Comments

  1. I love this post . Very informative and I like the the way that you say when resources are gone that’s it there’s no getting them back. It really makes you think.

    1. Yes, I grew up thinking this was common knowledge because I was lucky to have it covered in my school curriculum. But for many people, information like this wasn’t made accessible to them growing up. I hope we can reach them.
      Thank you for stopping by!

  2. This was a great post on going green. It made me reflect on how I need to change my thinking and daily routine so my foot prints are sustainable. With all the fires in the Amazonas and the smog in the cities – we all have to change our behavior.

    1. I am pleased that you were able to take something from this Arthur. We have a lot to be thankful for in life and it is our responsibility to take care of the environment so that others can enjoy it in the future. Hope to hear from you again and all the very best.

  3. That image you painted of humanity destroying every planet it touches is chilling. Thank you for pointing the way toward a better future. One LED lightbulb at a time. We can do it!

    1. Hello Wendy, it may well be a chilling thought. From the way I see it, we will all benefit from having a better understanding of our behavious and the impact such behaviors have on the planet. LED light bulbs are a great idea and I am in fact planning on writing an article about that exact topic in the near future. All the best and thank you for stopping by.

  4. Yes this is the need of the hour, small steps from every individual on this planet can definitely help us and our planet. The other day I read it’s been more than 2 weeks Amazon Rainforest which people say is “lungs” of the world is on fire. Such horrific incidents can cause serious repercussions on our natural habitat.

    I hope this post reaches out to more people and let’s start taking action before it is too late.

  5. Your article attracted me because I live in Africa where climate change is affecting our lives a lot. So I always seize the opportunity to read up on it.

    That image with the fire burning is so powerful, it sends the message across.

    Pursuing green revolution is the thing. It’s something like reversing the wrong. And that calls for responsible decisions, as you said.

    We have to conserve our natural resources in order to protect personal health and safety.

    Thanks for giving me more knowledge about something I care so much about.

    1. Hello Akoli Penoukou,

      Thank you so much for your contribution. Yes, Africa has been hit very hard recently and I am pleased to hear that you are doing what you can in terms of reading and research. The old saying is true – knowledge is power!

      You are more than welcome, I am pleased to hear you enjoyed reading it.
      All the best and please, stay safe!

  6. Great article! I’m quite “green oriented” when it comes to daily electricity usage and waste management, but there’s still a lot to improve on other aspects in life that could be “greener”. Thanks !

    1. Hello Angelique,
      I am pleased that you are already taking these steps. The difference a small few changes can make is phenomenal.
      Keep up the good work and watch this space for more ideas of small things you can do to live a greener lifestyle.

  7. I think that most of our problems stem from the fact that humans think they ‘own’ the earth and some people think they are entitled to gain economically from all of the resources that she supplies to us for free.
    We don’t own the planet, and we are in fact just one species that is sharing it with many other diverse forms of life. If we can remember that: For millions of years we have evolved to live in harmony with ALL life and the beautiful earth herself, and our survival is dependent upon the health of the whole eco-system, then we will wake up and begin to take care of ALL life and the planet.
    It’s sad to imagine that, through ignorance, we may make this planet uninhabitable for us and other species and then we will want to move to other planets and repeat the cycle!!!!!
    What will it take for people to wake up?
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. I am in complete agreement with you. I do not believe we are worthy of moving to another planet at this moment in time. I feel that we need to demonstrate our ability to look after and protect the one we are on first, before potentially moving to another. Thank you for reading.

  8. Hey Catherine,

    I’m a big fan of your blog, because what you write about truly speaks to me. I have a fashion blog and I very recently started to make it about sustainability in fashion and the bad effects it has on the environment. It is urgent that we change our behavior to a more sustainable way, otherwise there will be no planet soon.
    I look forward to your next article!

    1. Hi Kate,
      I am pleased to hear that you are also taking your time to educate others on the importance of sustainability. The fashion industry is shockingly destructive. Because of this, nearly all of my clothes have been purchased 2nd hand. Thrift shopping is great. Buying from sustainable sources could be an option for me too.
      Thank you for reading!

  9. I’m glad that I landed on your page. This is such an informative article and good for everyone to know, why they should go green.
    You’re right with the sentence “learning is the key factor in taking action”, we should look after our planet more.

    Thank you for sharing this information, I’m looking forward to reading your next eco post.

    1. Hello Anh-Tu,

      I am very pleased that you stopped by to read and then left a message. Knowledge sure is power!
      I would be delighted if you stopped by again. Be sure to let me know if there is anything I can help you with.

      Have a green day!

  10. Hi Catherine

    Thank you for this awesome website. I believe that 99% of people do care and want to make a difference, they just do not know how – your site is perfect to meet the need of knowledge. When folk know the alternatives, I am convinced that they will go for them.

    Blessings
    Louise

    1. Hello Louise,

      I hope you are right. think how much of a difference we could be made if 99% did feel that way.
      Thank you for your kind and supportive words. I hope to see you again soon!

  11. I don’t think we are all made out to be Pioneers. So I attack the problem of our overuse, made for (to throw away) products one step at a time.

    If I am trying to reverse the damage that is being done to me by taking and finding out what used to be good for us, then I am helping the entire planet.

    I grew up in the 50 in a small town, we had a place in the back yard that my father burned the trash, it didn’t go to the city dump. We had glass containers that were recycled. We actually had a garbage can and a garbage truck came and picked it up. We didn’t send stuff like throw away diapers in the city dump. We had cloth diapers and learned to wash them.

    Your post made me think about all this stuff. What happened? How do we reverse the throw away society. Anyway this is a very large project that everyone needs to do just one thing. I live solely on solar power. No dishwasher, No clothes dryer I have a clothes line. I do not see a lot of people going back to living this way.

    I used to believe that the hippies that lived this way were crazy.

    It was a good article, made me think.

    1. Hello Bonnie,

      It sounds like you have had interesting journey. I love hearing about the size of the town that you grew up in. My family also used to burn trash but they now know about the impact this too can have on our atmosphere. The best this we can do here is to avoid buying products with too much wrapping. I try to write to my local stores every now and then to remind them of how harmful this can be. Some stores are now taking steps towards less plastic packaging and this is wonderful to see.

      Yes, I am definitely with the “not so crazy anymore” hippies. That made me smile, thank you!

  12. This is such a wonderful post which has a useful application for all humanity. In order to know more of the sort, kindly continue your research and keep us fed with your noble action.
    Genetically modified food in one of the worst things for human intake. So, I would encourage you to come up with more articles in the area.

    Thank you so much for sharing this information.
    Looking forward to reading your next post.

    Cheers!

    1. Hi there Phomrong Hongsha,

      Thank you so much for your kind words. It fills me with joy to know that you have enjoyed reading my post and I certainly will continue to write. Writing an article on genetically modified food is a brilliant idea. I already have one in motion about organic food (the solution) but would be a great idea to start with where a lot of people are in their diet. Thank you for the suggestion.

      All the best.

  13. Everybody talks about us humans destroying the nature and all these negative aspects.

    While it’s all true, we tend to close our eyes for the good things that we actually do for the environment. More and more people, big organizations, companies, heck even countries (Singapore) are going green.

    I used to have a whole semester of lectures, only about ecology, and how to improve our environment.

    And frankly that’s how you make a whole country go green – house by house, office by office, building by building.

    But first of all, people need to have the right mindset. Thanks to this post, we are a bit closer to a better world.

    1. Hello Teodor,

      I couldn’t agree more with you about closing our eyes to the positives. I believe that society has trained us to focus on the negatives because that is how consumerism works – we have to believe we need something in order for us to buy it.

      You are right – we all have a responsibility to do our part. Every small action helps and is part of a much bigger picture.

      Thank you for reading.

  14. Hi EcoCatherine!

    This article is absolutely beautiful and I couldn’t agree more! Keep going forward with your journey, there are small changes happening everywhere. Hopefully we will be able to look back in a few years and see the improvement for ourselves and our future.
    All the best!

    1. Hi there Krissy,

      I really hope that you are right. I have a tendency to think that we may be starting too late. I have to remind myself to stay positive and think about all the good changes that are happening around the world in terms of green living.

      Thank you for stopping by!

  15. This is very inspiring, sometimes it feels like just little me can’t really do much but this post has given me a sense of empowerment.
    I feel like I really could make a difference so thank you!! And thank you for spreading this message, the world need more people like you in it! 🙂

  16. I believe that going green is a much better idea than going on Mars or Moon again. So many resources have been wasted that can be put into greater use and clean up our home. This article was enlightening! Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work.

    1. Hi Evan,

      This comment made me chuckle, so thank you. There really isn’t much up there in terms of resources is there? I think we need to learn to look after what we have before we start polluting the rest of the solar system!

      Take care.

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