Green Living

Friday, June 8, 2012

With the population of the World increasing every day, we need to be cognizant of the potential impact that we are having on the planet.  It has been proven that our climate is changing and this is due in part to the human impact on the Earth.  The Earth’s atmosphere has been negatively impacted due to humans over use and our destruction of our precious resources.

Going “green” is an initiative taken by every province in Canada.  It aims to reduce our overall environmental impact and our ecological “footprint”.  When you stop and think about the impact just one person has on the Earth, you can then appreciate the impact that 33 million people might have (which is Canada’s population).  If we are to continue to live healthy on this Earth, we need to take the time to make sure that we are not contributing to poisoning the Earth.

Recycling has been mandatory and in existence for several years in Canada and it aims to decrease the amount of refuse deposited into landfills.  Reduce, re-use and recycle is another imitative in which we, as Canadians, try to decrease our impact from our consumer driven society. 

Recycling plastic bottles is now considered common practice and many households businesses and organizations offer places to recycle these bottles in containers that separate paper/cardboard/plastic and organic material.  Even grocery stores offer re-usable grocery bags to limit the amount of garbage bags that will end up in landfills. 

Another green initiative for going green and to help the environment is to conserve both energy and water. 

Here are some tips on conserving water and energy:

Water

  • Lessen your shower time.

  • Do not leave taps running when brushing your teeth.

  • Use front end washing machines (they use 40% less water than top loading washing machines).

  • Use cold water when washing clothes (it takes more energy to heat for hot water).

Energy

  • Always turn off electronics can unplug from outlets when not in use.

  • Look for energy efficient appliances.

  • Turn the thermostat down in your home (which will also decrease your heating bill).

We have a great planet, and in order to save it, we will have to reduce the impact that we are having on it. 

Remember, reduce, re-use and recycle!