The environment is an essential part of human living. This already means it must be preserved if human lives will continue to experience the kind of serenity that it requires for continuous development and growth. However, it has become clear that there is an enemy that needs to be combated, the enemy being emissions and consequentially climate change. To do this, a way has been presented and that way is going green.
According to the Middletown Thrall Library states that going green is, “to pursue knowledge and practices that can lead to more environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible decisions and lifestyles, which protect the environment and preserve its natural resources for current and future generations.”
Given this definition, it is notable that the responsibility of going green does not rest only on corporate organisations and governments; it lies on every one of us. Being an occupant of the planet, earth poses a responsibility on us all towards living and thinking sustainably in our interactions with the environment.
So, why go green?
As stated earlier, going green is ultimately for the good of the environment and those that live in it. It is quite applicable in our daily activities which can be from the simple things we can do for and in our environment like proper treatment of chemical products, recycling of plastics and many other little but helpful efforts.
According to the United States Department of Energy, $20 billion can be saved up if buildings were green. In a report by the U.S Green Building Council, it is stated that buildings are responsible for approximately 40% of CO2 emissions coming from energy-related activities and are a source to be reckoned with when sustainability is in view. This means that if we will reduce the amount of (the sometimes) unnecessary lightning in our homes, cut back on the operation of inefficient appliances and adopt more “pro-sustainability” practices, we will be doing ourselves both economic and environmentally friendly goodness.
Energy efficiency can be achieved in homes and other facilities which is a major way to a green economy. That is, fixing or replacing those inefficient appliances or finding ways to recycle the water that is used in the home. Also, a green home makes the air quality better and therefore healthier for people to live in.
Also, it is no tale that organic products make for a healthy environment and a healthy environment makes a healthy person. Considering the sustainable development goals, if the SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure will be achieved, we will need to have healthy people working in our industries and this cannot be attained without the SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production. Science makes it clear that the lower number of synthetic chemical-based products one uses, the lower the number of toxins the human race inhales.
Without an iota of doubt, it is very important for everyone living on earth to engage in the “green revolution.” This will not just be advantageous for the present generation but the ones to come.