At a time in history when it’s most important for people to start going green, it’s also the toughest time to afford the expenses of making that transition.
But economic hardships haven’t stopped many consumers from buying organic, replacing their cars with hybrids, and finding sustainable ways to lessen their impact on the environment.
People everywhere are making sacrifices in order to help reduce their carbon footprint, from getting cool roofing with solar panels to riding their bikes to work. Here are three reasons you should consider doing the same:
- In the long run you will save money. By carpooling, not wasting resources, making your home more energy efficient, cutting back on cosmetics, and drinking filtered not bottled water, you will save hundreds, perhaps thousands of dollars in the long run. A lot of it is common sense. Sustainable energy use will save you money in virtually every walk of your life, from saving money on electrical bills by shoring up leaks and drainages, to installing solar panels that may be expensive on the front end but will lead to huge savings. As a whole, our planet has not been very good about conserving energy. Be one of the trend setters.
- Preserve the Earth. Bestow the same planet onto your children as your parents bestowed upon you. Do you want your children growing up in a world without clean air, water, or food sources, a world in which global warming causes violent weather patterns that destroys cities? It’s generational injustice to zap the resources of the planet and disrupt its cycles. Yet as it stands now, we are headed for a future in which our children will be living in a nightmarishly out-of-balance ecosphere. Going green is the responsible way to live and raise kids. It’s the 21st century golden rule.
- Nourish your body and the environment. Eating green is good for nutrition and supports environmentally friendly farming practices. Industrial farming poisons the land withfungicides, pesticides and herbicides. The resulting produce has depreciated nutritional content and has turned verdant acres into one-time use wastelands. It’s healthier for our bodies, local communities, and ecosystems to raise crops in sustainable ways. Organic farming leads to better diets, better marketplaces for local farmers, and better conditions for the Earth to replenish itself for future generations.
It may require sacrifices up front in order to go green but the long term effects will be massive for your wallet, your health, your future, and your kids’ future. Now is the time to get in touch with your role in protecting the Earth.