The practice of reducing one’s demand for natural resources and replacing the ones that are already being used is the foundation of green living. Due to the visible signs of environmental degradation resulting in climatic changes that are causing more harm than good, people are moving towards green living for sustainability.
Let’s consider some practices that show people are moving towards green living:
The rise in the popularity of community gardens
Community gardens are a must have in residential areas both in developed nations and developing nations alike. People have understood that fact that a community garden is not only providing them with the means to grow their own food but it is also acting as a way that encourages people to take the greener, sustainable path of living. Community gardens act as the perfect green spaces. One can make sure that all the garden waste is mulched and back to the soil so that the nutrient level in the same remains unchanged. Green spaces might not mean much to people who are living on the countrysides but in case of the urban jungles, they act as a filter for the ambient air that arrests excess CO2 from the air
Opting for LEDs instead of CFLs in domestic and commercial settings
It is another easy yet crucial step people are adopting these days all over the globe. All thanks to the in LED technology, people are replacing traditional incandescent bulbs, fluorescent tubes, and CFLs with LED lighting fixtures. LED fixtures not only consume less electricity but also have high lumen value. Other means that are adopted by contemporary homemakers is the maximum use of natural light and ventilation. People are installing massive windows in their home and skylights in their commercial establishments so that usage of electricity is minimized.
Using handmade soaps and cleaners
Consumerism has compelled the society to turn a blind eye on the many ill-effects of artificial products. Take for instance the artificial soaps, cleaners, and related toiletries. These products are made using harsh chemicals and synthetic preservatives which are proven to cause disruptions in the ecological balance of natural water resources. The contemporary generation is turning away from consumerism and adopting handmade products like natural lavender soap for their bathrooms. Using natural handmade soaps and cleaners is another way people are minimizing the use of plastic packaging, and barring harmful chemicals from being introduced in the water resources.
Again it has been proved that environmental issues like ozone depletion, global warming, catastrophic global climatic changes, etc. are a topic of real consideration. Irrespective of what the non-believers, lobbyists say, the results are visible. In case a person, a society, a nation or a continent doesn’t change the way it leads its life today, extinction of the human race is sure. Thus by adopting sustainable living, the contemporary generation is setting an example that total annihilation is avoidable. When one adopts green living as a mainstream idea, they are reducing their personal carbon footprint which can make a huge difference in keeping the earth greener, at least for a little while longer.