Unless you’ve been living in a cave deep in the Amazon, you are surely aware of the problems of global warming that derives from all the pollution problems we, as a society have created. The pollution problems are more serious in some areas than others, but the fact remains that we have all contributed to it, and we are all leaving our carbon footprints in the wake. The biggest concern is with the birth of more and more babies, there will be more and more people added to the already over taxed natural resources. We, as a collective species, must take on the responsibility to cut our carbon footprint and learn to live greener lives.
With an ever growing population more food will be needed; there will be an increase in the consumption of the already dwindling natural resources that planet Earth has to give. With more people comes more pollution, and with more pollution comes more devastation to our environment. As the population grows there will be more homes needed for the ever growing population to live in. With the urban expansion, the less land will be available for growing food to feed the over populated planet, and the more waste there will be to dispose of.
The two most important natural resources that humans need to survive are air and water. Since these are necessities of life, and without them, we as a species can not live, you would think that preserving them by keeping them clean would be on the top of our list of priorities. Yet it is not. People go about their daily lives without ever giving it a thought. Our hospitals are full of people suffering from ailments that are directly related to the toxins we have been breathing for years. Our oceans and lakes are dying from the pollution. If this is allowed to continue, we will be next. Once the oceans die, we will too. As bad as it is already, just imagine how it will be in the future for our children and our grandchildren if people do not take responsibility for their actions now.
Every single one of us has the power within themselves to change. We each have the ability to make choices, and the intelligence to take on the responsibility of cutting our carbon footprints and living green. By making positive changes in our daily lives, we can all make a difference. Every little thing that we each do as individuals towards these positive changes, acts as a cumulative force that will make a huge difference for future generations.
Some people believe that living green is a waste of time. They think that as only one person, what they do or don’t do, won’t matter much. What they don’t realize is that if they are not part of the solution, then they are part of the problem. Each one of us has taken part, in one way or another, of adding to the pollution of our Earth, and it will take each one of us to make the changes necessary to correct the problems for a cleaner future. Every little bit helps. As it takes many small pieces added together to make a whole, it would have quite a significant impact overall if everyone did their small part.
There are those that think it is O.K. to have six or seven children. They think that because they make a large enough income to support them, they can have as many as they want. Wrong. No matter how much money they make, NO ONE can afford to have that many children any more. They may be able to support them financially, but the planet can’t. The plant is already over taxed with today’s population. If you have a large income and want a large family, be a responsible, loving parent and take in foster children who need a home, or adopt children who are parentless and homeless. Give your love to the children that are already here and need a loving home.
Children need to be taught from a young age what they should be doing to contribute to a greener planet. Children learn by example and if they see you recycling everything that is possible to recycle, they will grow up knowing that is the only way to live. If your children see you adding all the kitchen waste (and other biodegradable waste) to your compost pile for the garden, this is what they will learn to do. If you refuse the plastic bags at the grocery store and bring your own canvas grocery bags, this is what they will learn to do. If you tell them you are not buying a product in a grocery store because the packaging isn’t safe for the environment, this is what they will learn too. The bonus to that is that the manufactures will also learn when their polluting products don’t sell.
Making changes in your lifestyle can be done a little at a time, until they become second nature. Trying to turn the whole house upside down in one day making drastic changes, can throw the psychological balance in a family and create a lot of stress. Instead, by implementing something new each week, will make the transition easier. As you become more knowledgeable about saving energy, recycling, or perhaps installing alternative energy sources, you can then implement the changes as you learn them. Your family will be able accept the changes when they come a little at a time, and the necessary transition will then be painless.
It is never too late to make some positive changes so that you, your family and the rest of the planet, can live healthier, longer lives. If you would like to learn more about living green and saving money while saving the environment, please visit the Home Energy Efficiency website for tips on ways to save money by cutting your utility usage.