Climate change and growing pollution is not foreign to any of us. Our planet is crying out for us to change our habits, and that starts with a change in our way of thinking. A green life begins with an ecological conscience … and it is time for us to start thinking green. If you are already a fervent follower of this lifestyle, keep reading and share your ideas with us, remember … we make the change.
This past 2017 marked a very important point in the conservationist movement, since that the conservation of the environment was looked from a different point of view. The slogan of this year’s World Environment Day was “Connecting people with nature” inviting the general population to appreciate the aesthetic possibilities of nature and emphasizing the importance of protecting it.
Pollution is not new, we are talking about a problem that has been going on for many years and that became more acute after the 1800s with the appearance of the industrial revolution … and it has not stopped.Pollution is so real and so close to everyone that, we cannot ignore it because wherever we look, it will be there. #greenlife #livinggreen #begreen #stoppollution #nammublog Click To Tweet
The result today? Millions of hectares of forest in the world disappeared, and to be exact, more than 17 million are destroyed each year, 3 billion tons of CO2 emitted every year, approximately 3000 species of flora and fauna in danger of extinction, not to mention those that are no longer there (the extinction rate has increased by 100% in recent years), 40% of the population does not have access to drinking water, among other alarming statistics that are given every year, every year!
We all know that the energy industry, represented by oil and natural gas, is one of the biggest pollutants, since not only are accidental spills that harm the environment, but also the burned oil that reaches the ocean through rivers and brooks, and the products of gaseous waste expelled in the refineries; all this together with the sonic pollution that produces the noise in the refineries that affect the hearing of workers and can affect the circulatory system. We are talking about a great impact on the atmosphere, water, soil, flora and fauna, which should make us think.
However, there is another industry, of which not many are aware, or perhaps ignore it’s participation in pollution … and that is the textile industry – yes, you read well.Did you know that the fashion industry ranks second among the most polluting industries? Only the oil industry exceeds it. Really amazing and alarming, right? #fashionpollution #earthpollution #makethechange Click To Tweet
Unfortunately, the consumerism today and the desire to follow each “new fashion” is the main reason why the damage is multiplied. People are not thinking about what they need, but they are eager to buy everything they are presented with, “as long as it is trendy”. It seems that the consumer’s slogan is “Buy it, use it and throw it away”. Some do not know that the materials and methods used in the manufacture of garments are far from being ecological, together with the poor conditions in which the workers of this industry are.
And this, dear friends, is just the tip of the iceberg. Although today great efforts are made to transform industries and new projects are carried out every day in order to reduce the impact on the environment, it has not been and is not enough. We must also mention that ecology has become an attractive business, whose main engine is not to help the planet, but to obtain a monetary benefit.
That is why we go back to the beginning … It is necessary to involve the world population in the conservation movement, encouraging them to connect with nature – you will ask, how? – through the care, preservation and protection of the environment and natural resources. And here is where I want to get … to the Green Life.The slogan for this past year's World Environment Day was 'Connecting people with nature' #begreen #greenlife #livinggreen #stoppollution #nammublog Click To Tweet
With the environmental movement, the need to educate the population about the conservation of the environment is born, and with that the term “ecological life” or “green life” is presented, and since then the population is urged to change to this “New way of life” (which really is not new if we go back to history).
But what does it really mean? While the term is broad and there are many definitions, we can summarize green life as a more natural lifestyle based on sustainability, respect and care for the environment and any form of life, while still being glamorous and fun. It is about the transformation of your daily habits, through the realization of small or big changes in them, that contribute to the elimination of polluting agents both for yourself and for the environment. Which will result in an improvement of the environment and a healthier life, for yourself and for generations to come.Green life: Natural lifestyle based on sustainability, respect and care for the environment and any form of life. #greenlife #livinggreen #stoppollution #begreen #nammublog Click To Tweet
It is a lifestyle in which we see nature and everything in it as something magical, recognizing its beauty and all the effort it makes to offer us its benefits. Moreover, we understand that it feel like us and that take care of us by giving us everything we need to survive, and therefore we must treat it with the same care and respect.
Why Green life?
The most obvious reason is because the planet needs it, and if the planet needs it, so do you.
We are living in a society that does not stop, the lives of people have become frenetic, controlled by consumerism and technology. There are very few who care about what is around them and even personal relationships have taken a turn and every day are more controlled by social networks.
Many solutions have been proposed, including searching for another suitable planet to live, but let’s be honest, dear readers, life on another planet is still very distant, if not impossible. Also, as my dear grandfather said: “If you do not take care of what you have, how are you going to be prepared to take care of what you do not have yet?”
Now, are you ready for a great truth? (It’s something you surely know), the only one to blame for our world, our environment, our home, everything! be in this condition, it’s you and it’s me, its everyone who lives in this beautiful planet. Yes, it may be a painful truth, but it is still a great truth.
As Rachel Carson, writer of the famous book Silent Spring, points out, throughout the history of our planet it has been the environment that has shaped the physical form and all the habitats, both of animals and vegetables. The effect in which an opposite scenario occurs has been minimal. So, it is incredible to know that from a period of time, represented since the last century, it has been man (a single species) who has acquired the power to modify the nature of the environment, and this power has not stopped, but it is increasing.
Are you ready for another great truth? (It’s also something you probably already know). Since we are responsible for everything that happens in our environment, we have the incredible opportunity to transform it into whatever we want, is not it something wonderful?
What should we do?
But what does it take to even begin to think about wanting a change? Recognize that we have a problem and that we are causing it. Only then can we become those agents of change that our family, society and nature need.
It is very common to think that our actions do not affect nature, or that we should only worry about ourselves. I do not know if their parents ever told them: “Study to be someone in life”. However, I felt like a total alien, since my parents always told me: “Study to be useful to society and therefore to yourself” or “You do not have to do the same thing that others do, if they choose to disobey, you do not have to do the same, if they choose to throw garbage, you do not have to do the same”.
I remember something that I was always told: “Do not throw garbage in the street, find a garbage bin or wait to get to the house and there you throw it in the trash, would you like to have garbage thrown at you?” Those small “reprimands or advice” that many times they seemed very annoying or insignificant, are the ones that marked my life and have made it a little different and more pleasant.
The sum of small actions (although they are not always small) turn into something much bigger with impressive repercussions. Not only you are contributing with your actions to minimize the impact on the environment, but you are giving rise to a happier life, where love for others and for your environment drives you to help others and feel good about yourself, where the eating of a healthy diet helps improve your health and therefore your performance in all the activities you carry out.
Lack of information…
One of the main reasons that prevent many people from participating in this movement is the lack of information and the belief that this change in their lifestyle implies abandoning all their comforts, and in most cases, going to live in some remote place (something totally wonderful for the right person). But this cannot be further from reality.
Being green means being willing to choose only the best without having to harm the environment or your peers in the process. It means that you want to access the most natural products through environmentally friendly methods. The result? Something unique, beautiful and above all, good for you and the environment.
The change towards a green life implies, among other things, a new way of seeing our environment and our fellow human beings, giving them the respect they deserve, aspiring equal economic and social conditions.
Some Useful Tips
How to start? Maybe you still don’t know what to do, or even how to start living a green life, here are some useful tips.
We do not have to explain much the big importance of this resource, since we all know that water sustains life on the planet. So say “no to dripping”, close all the taps you use, consume the right amount of water, use short cycles in the washing machine and dishwasher, do not throw the chain unnecessarily, do not wash your car with a hose, use a bucket of water, get a water purifier, do not consume the bottled, etc. As you see, it’s about saving this resource to the maximum, recycling it and not wasting it.
Careful … with what you clean
Statistics show that cleaning chemicals cause diseases and allergic reactions, not to mention environmental pollution. But did you know that you can replace them with homemade and natural cleaning products? Well, it’s like that! This not only means a great decrease in the impact on the environment and your health, but also in your pocket.
Avoid using aerosols with CFC (chlorofluorocarbon), air fresheners, never throws in the toilet enamels, towels, solvents, oils or cigarette butts. Start using essential oils, baking soda, lemon, sodium carbonate, liquid soap, white vinegar, among others, you will feel much better. You can buy these products in organic stores, or even better, you can make them yourself!
We all want to be healthy, and the best way to take care of our health is to take care of our food. Always try to eat fresh and local products; avoids consuming transgenic, many studies have shown its toxicity both for the environment and for people. Reduce the consumption of meats and processed products, your body will thank you. And finally, consume organic products (without pesticides, insecticides, without hormones …). Try cultivating your own food, you will have a smaller impact in your pocket and in the environment, in addition, it is proven that it reduces the level of stress and causes a sense of accomplishment and happiness when harvesting the fruits of the work. For more information you can also check the post How to Make Your Health Better Naturally – 3 Basic Tips.If the ecological is more expensive, it is because the normal products do not pay the environmental costs. CONTAMINATION is FREE. #begreen #behealthy #organicfood Click To Tweet
You must learn the proper management of your waste, 20% of what we spend are packages that we then throw away. Start now the initiative to recycle, separating waste types. Remember the Law of 3R: Recycle, Reduce and Reuse. Do not waste the paper, do not throw away the batteries, they contaminate a lot, put them in the proper containers. The same happens to expired medicines. If you know of any polluting spill, report it!
It is not necessary to leave all the appliances on at all times (unless it is a refrigerator), disconnect them once you finish using them; do not leave the lights on; minimize the use of air conditioning, plant trees. It is best to use glass containers, avoid plastic, aluminum and cans. In general, if you consume less, it is less energy used in the production of products.
Use ecological transport
Choose to ride a bike or walk, both are excellent for your health and the environment. Try to reduce the use of your vehicle; use unleaded petrol or BioDiesel, but only if it is domestically produced: Do not burn agricultural production from poor countries in your car.
You see, not many people pay attention to the origin, materials, and even the methods used in the manufacture of their clothes, shoes and jewelry. However, it is something that today must be present in your day to day. Being avant-garde with the use of sustainable fashion should be one of the priorities in your life, not only to look good, but also to feel good knowing that even with what you wear you are contributing your bit to help the environment and guarantee a better future.
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