Why Is it Important to Go Green?
What Is “Green”?
There is often confusion when using the term “green” and what it means. The origins of the term green is unclear but most believe it was borrowed from the 1970s green politics. Either way, the term is meant to define the concept of renewable, sustainable and eco-friendly processes, products and energy.
Why Do We Need to Go Green?
When you go green, you are effectively reducing your carbon footprint. By reducing pollution, you are reducing the amount of energy that is being used and creating a greener and cleaner environment.
One of the most well-known issue is “global warming”, the science behind climate change is one of the most hotly debated topics among people today and is often the top motivator behind the green movement. However, there are still those who fail to acknowledge its validity, many others who feel helpless about it, and then the few who ask the real question: Man-made or not, does it actually matter?
Gathering a lot of attention in recent years the term refers to a peak in oil extraction followed by a decline of production and the dramatic rise in cost. The idea that we can actually run out of (or at least, cease to be able to afford the increasingly difficult extraction of) oil is a disconcerting idea when almost every aspect of our Western lifestyle depends on it as a cheap commodity.
Concerns facing individuals living in the world today are major environmental ones. While climate change and peak oil can be debated, the impact of environmental pollution on humans and habitat is undeniable. The use of oil by industrialized nations is responsible for a large portion of the air, water and food pollution in the world. Alternative energy that is renewable, sustainable and has little to zero harmful side-effects is called “green energy”. This includes such resources as biomass, fuel cells, hydro, solar, wind, tidal waves and thermal forms of harnessing the earth's natural elements.
Going green can help you to be less reliable on fuels and other harmful toxins. Most individuals have realized they cannot rely on the unsustainable infrastructure provided to us by cheap oil and shady political deals. Living a sustainable life requires us to make use of renewable energies and other resources.
By switching to renewable energy sources like solar panels, you can save considerable amount of money every month on your electric bill. Green lighting alternatives like LED’s and energy-saving door and window fixtures use less energy and by replacing traditional bulbs you can save energy and money.
If you are running business, going green can help you to attract more customers. Consumers will jump on board if a company or product is eco-friendly. If you market your business as an environment-friendly one, then people are definitely going to buy your product.
You could significantly boost the overall value of your home just by making your home eco-friendly. By installing solar panels on the roof top or adding a water-saving toilet and shower, you will not only save money but create a perk for new buyers should you ever sell your home. Moreover, green homes use sustainable materials that have low impact on the environment.
Eating green means eat local, organic and seasonal products. Eating green food have global consequences. When you buy and eat organic food and dairy products, you can boost local economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions required to get that food on your plate. Eating organic food will also make you a healthier person as it does not contain harmful chemicals, pesticides and added hormones. Organic farming means responsible land use and farming practices.
When you create an eco-friendly home, you are creating a more durable one. Recycled products have the tendency to last over five times longer than traditional materials. This also means that you will save more money on maintaining your home.
How does solar work?
The microFIT Program was launched in 2009 as part of the Ontario government’s efforts to increase renewable energy in the province. The program provides homeowners and other eligible participants including farmers with the opportunity to develop a small or “micro” solar panel installation (10 kW or less in size) on their property. Under this program, you are paid a guaranteed price over a 20-year term for all the electricity you produce and deliver to the Province’s electricity grid. You will join 1,000s of Ontario residents who are already part of the microFIT Program and contributing to a cleaner environment.
It’s really that simple.
What is Light Pollution?
Light pollution is excessive, misdirected, or obtrusive artificial (usually outdoor) light. Too much light pollution has consequences: it washes out starlight in the night sky, interferes with astronomical research, disrupts ecosystems, has adverse health effects and wastes energy.
It costs a lot of money to light up homes, public places, sports and commercial places. Apart from the fact that tax payers pay needlessly for this, the world uses millions of tons of oil and coal to produce the power needed to light the sky. As well as the environmental cost of producing this energy is another worrying issue. Lighting accounts for about 11 percent of energy use in residential buildings and 18 percent in commercial buildings.
Astronomers concern is growing, not only do they have difficulty reading and viewing activities in the sky and outer space, but also we are losing the wonderful dark sky. It is becoming harder and harder to view stars and other space objects that we used to enjoy. Many young people growing up in metropolitian areas may not have the opportunity to experience this awe inspiring site, if we continue to direct more light into the sky.
Disability glare, eye strain, loss of vision – these are just a few things that people get from glare and spillovers that are worth mentioning. Our eyes naturally adjust during day and night so we can see things properly. Too much light can harm our eyes and also the harm the hormones (such as melatonin) that does this job.
Many insects, birds, mammals and reptiles are photoperiodic in nature. Many aspects of their physiology and behavior are influenced by day–night or circadian rhythms. This means their eating, mating, growth and development, movement and other activities are in relation to the balance of day and night. Artificial lights, even in small amounts can distort their natural operations and cycle.
Thousands of deer and animals are killed on the roads by vehicles in the evenings, because the glare of these cars blind them and are unable to run off the streets before they are knocked down.