by Claire Steinweg
As “green living” has become increasingly popular, I believe it is important to note that it is not just a passing trend. It is not only the t-shirts and bags that say “Be Green” or “Recycle,” but it is a way of living sustainably that has to be practiced every day. Recycling is a great first step toward green living, and there are many others ways to help the environment and be green. I think a big part of being green is to conserve resources. Being green means constantly thinking of every opportunity to conserve the environment, and to act on those opportunities. Every little change helps, whether it is biking to the store instead of driving or starting a compost in the backyard. As technology improves, more and more appliances support the green lifestyle. The appliances can be expensive, but the little changes matter just as much. If the little ways to live green are accomplished, the larger changes will follow.
Living green also includes getting others to be interested in being green and living environmentally friendly. It is not only looking to reduce one’s own waste and carbon footprint, but finding ways for a community to be interested in the environment and strive for better environmental practices. This can include starting a community recycling program, having garage sales, or hosting a “green” camp for kids. It only takes one person to start a green living trend.Because awareness of environmental problems has been increasing, living green is becoming easier. There are many services and resources devoted to helping individuals and families live a green lifestyle. Living green is not as daunting as it may seem. Little steps and sharing methods and ideas of green living is the fastest way to be green.
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