Green living is about a lot more than simply recycling a few newspapers and hugging trees. You have to create a mental shift in your life and embrace the environment in a holistic sense. It’s no secret that we have allowed our natural resources to be depleted to the point of devastation. We all know that a green approach to living has become more than something that a select few choose in order to be cool or socially responsible. The environment is every humans responsibility. One area that can be addressed, especially in well-to-do societies like the US, is to modify what we eat and the ways that manage our waste from our foods.
A great place to begin is to stop eating so much meat. This doesn’t mean that you can never enjoy a thick, juicy steak here and there. That would take away one of life’s true pleasures. However, when we eat meat, we not only create a taxing metabolic endeavor for our bodily systems to endure; we also significantly increase the amount of noxious fumes that escape into our atmosphere due to the waste that’s created. Of course, that doesn’t even begin to consider the energy consumption and the various sources of land, water and air pollution created by commercial meat processing plants. On top of all that, one might actually feel some type of compassion for the horrible mistreatment of stock animals in such places.
In the US alone, it takes over 1.5 million barrels of oil to enable the yearly production of plastic water bottles. Over 100,000 automobiles could be fueled for an entire year for the same amount of oil. Increase your green level by filtering your tap water instead. Use reusable containers like glass or stainless steel for your beverages as well. While you’re at it, make the switch to reusable food containers. You will not only begin saving cash; you will help eliminate an unlimited number of small-scale environmental disasters.
Learn to manage your food waste by starting a compost pile in your backyard. By adding your non-organic food scraps to your compost pile, you decrease the amount of waste that you send to landfills. This in turn eliminates a great deal of toxic fumes from being released into the atmosphere when this waste breaks down. They not only soak into the ground; they leach out into the surrounding water supply and into the air that we breathe as well. Composting is a very green activity to engage in.
Use your compost to fertilize your soil. In this fertilized soil, plant a garden every year. Most of us can remember when our parents or grandparents used to can vegetables from the garden for a winter’s supply. We need to eat foods that are water rich for our health and for the health of the environment.
It’s the things (like bottled water) that we often fail to recognize as threats to our environment. If you are thinking that it will not help the overall situation if you, as an individual, stop drinking bottled water and start filtering your tap, then sadly, you are missing the whole point. What you do – what every individual does – is exactly what does matter! We each have the personal responsibility to protect and preserve our natural resources. Maybe if you were the only green person out there, it wouldn’t help at all. However, if we band together, change our personal habits and demand that our government follow us for a change, then it will certainly go a long, long way down the road to making life better and greener for all of us.
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