People who live the most fulfilling lives are those who know how to embrace and adapt to change. Successful and innovative companies, that last, thrive because they have learned to implement and use change to improve and prolong the life of their business. The business of our survival on earth has changed too. We are running out of the natural resources that we depend on for our lives and lifestyles. We mus begin to use and implement our organic, green and natural alternatives, to continue to live comfortable lives and preserve the life of our planet.
Do you know what a carbon footprint is? Basically it is the measure of the capacity of our natural resources that are used to meet human demand. The carbon part of the term describes the burning of fossil fuels, which are coal, oil and natural gases. We have wasted and abused these irreplaceable resources and reduced them to dangerously low levels. The results are devastating. Our air quality is unhealthy, and lakes and rivers are laced with toxins and contaminants. In addition to this, much of our land is no longer able to produce. We have overused it and infused it with chemicals that boosted productivity but poisoned the soil.
We have to begin to consciously “live green”. Some of the choices are just a matter of using your common sense. Turn off lights in rooms that aren’t being used, and get energy saving bulbs for those that are. Use your car less. Try to never buy any item that can only be used one time. Other changes are going to involve drastic flexibility in our thinking and priorities to maintain a lifestyle that we are comfortable with.
What is the easiest and quickest way to start “living green”? Here are three favorites of mine. Choose one, and get started now!
Recycling is probably one of the most convenient and best ways to begin. There is nothing more simple than tossing a plastic bottle or aluminum can into a bin or box for collection. When you have enough of them, you can even take it down to a recycle center, and make a few bucks! Many employees already practice “team collection” of disposables at work. Our office uses the proceeds as their petty cash fund for office parties!
The next step would be to use mass transit instead of driving, or bicycle to work.
You don’t need to stop driving entirely. If all of us took mass transit even 1 day a week, the benefits to our air and budgets would be significant. Bicycling or walking to the local grocery store is such an obvious solution, but how many people still jump in the car to go to a destination that is only twenty minutes away?
Is leaving the car at a halfway point and taking a shuttle an option? The high prices of gasoline and skyrocketing car insurance aren’t a problem if your vehicle isn’t in use. Leaving the car at home can be the solution to more than just an air pollution problem!
Reusable products are an incredible money saver, and now the market has became even bigger and more diverse. The variety of organic, green and natural products they carry are both practical and beautiful.
Do some research. You will be astonished at the number and versatility of “green sites”. Almost everything that we enjoy as part of our lifestyle has a green, organic or natural alternative. Even the world of fashion is becoming more environmentally friendly!
Change is usually difficult for most of us, and this one is a huge challenge, but “living green” has some very wonderful benefits and astonishing surprises!
Living a greener life has to start now. The only way to insure that we have a future is to preserve what we have today.