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Green Living Today for a Greener Tomorrow

Posted on the 30 September 2011 by T_mackinnon @tedmackinnon

It seems that nowadays everything is about Green Living. It’s all over the media, it is in our grocery stores, featured on many products and it even seems like even local schools have started green living related fundraisers.

With all the facts and tatistics environmentalists are advertising, like that if every person recycled their newspapers weekly, we could save 36 million trees per year (in the US alone), converting your living standards to green ways can seem very overwhelming at first but are more easy to adapt to then most people think.

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It’s not as hard as it seems, all you need to do is make small, nearly-painless changes. Start buying fluorescent light bulbs, wait until your dishwasher is really full before you run it, open your curtains to let the warn sun shine in during cold times and close them during warm ones. Small things like these really do make big differences.

Among other things, one of the most popular polluters we have is our use of automobiles. Nowadays, there’s a large movement to start walking, biking and using mass transit whenever possible. Keeping the excess car pollutants out of the air is, pretty important and easy to do, we just need to make some life style changes.

Experts feel that one of the biggest reasons for not making the conversion to green living is a lack of general understanding. They feel that people today simply don’t realize “how painless it is” to pick up green household cleaners, or to buy exclusively local and organic produce.

 You do not need to add solar panels to your home to help the environment; just start with the small things, like not always using air conditioning when you really don’t need it. Instead, wear the appropriate attire, turn on more energy efficient fans or even hang out in your basement during times when it is hot.
Chose where to live, based on efficiency, public transit, and convenience like close to a bus stop, close to local small business. If you must drive a car then choose a Hybrid over a typical gas guzzler. All it takes is one step at a time to completely convert to green living. Becoming more environmentally active and aware is about being a part of a team, a community, and our world now. It’s about keeping our kids happy and clean for a good, long while. What do we have to lose but pollutants?

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