This IS the most fundamental of questions. We each have our own idea of what “going green” means, and perhaps, a variety of reasons for doing so. But it’s a question worth answering.
If you ever asked yourself this question, or if someone ever asks you “why”, think about the big picture and the reasons we “do what we do”. I’m sure you’ll agree that this is a cause worth fighting for.
- In a nutshell, I believe the “go green” movement is all about the concerns for the depletion and contamination of the earth’s greatest, and most important, natural resources… think about clean water, clean air, clean soil… (not to mention a clean and healthy body). They are directly linked to our well-being and they are in jeopardy.
- When we choose not to recycle, our trash (that reaches landfills) contains harmful chemicals and ingredients that affect the soil, leach into the ground and surface water, and contaminate everything… from the soil that grows our food to the water we drink. This contamination also creates harmful conditions for wildlife and eco-systems.
- When we DO recycle, we save the resources needed to create new products and the energy needed for their production, which prevents excessive CO2 emissions caused by the production process.
- Reducing energy consumption reduces your demand on polluting power plants that create excessive emissions and seriously contribute to global warming.
- Water is essential to our survival and it is NOT renewable. Being conscious of our use (and preventing overuse) of water and seeing that we do all we can to prevent contamination of our fresh water supply simply protects this invaluable resource.
- Buying organic locally-grown foods means avoiding harsh chemicals, supporting agriculture that does not contaminate the soil and food (with pesticides/herbicides and harmful chemicals), and avoiding the emissions created by shipping produce from somewhere across the country or (potentially) another hemisphere entirely. This, in turn, slows deforestation by reducing the demand for producing news crops… therefore saving delicate eco-systems, valuable trees (that hold CO2) and precious wildlife.
- Choosing products that are biodegradable and contain natural ingredients prevents absorption of chemicals into our own bodies and the contamination of resources when they reach landfills and water sources. This includes everything from body products and cosmetics to household cleaners and lawn care chemicals.
- Choosing products made from recycled or sustainable resources does everything from protecting resources, habitats and forests, to preventing more landfill waste, to the reduction of production energy.
- When we choose NOT to use resources, it SAVES resources. Is there really any reason NOT to want to do that?
- People, plants, animals and the environment/eco-systems are all interconnected. We cannot change one without affecting the other and, the way I see it, we are the only “element” in that equation that has the true ability to make a positive change.
Why go green? For me, it’s to do my part in preserving this planet and its resources through each and every choice I make. And to see that I make the healthiest choices possible. I have young children… they’re counting on me.
Why do YOU go green?