What "Green" Means

June 3, 2015

by AJ Kenny

GO GREEN. These words have become well-known to many, but what does it actually mean to go green? The choice to ‘go green’ is a commitment to be environmentally conscious and act as model for sustainability. Although there a number of ways to improve the environment, three traditional themes (known as the three Rs) can encompass the green revolution: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Experience has taught me that following these three Rs can result in sustainability unparalleled by other generations, but to truly go green humans need to become responsible.

Living amongst nearly 7 billion people, we often neglect our individual actions that can collectively destroy the Earth. Anthropogenic effects on environmental ecosystems need to be recognized by the laypeople and scientists alike. Industrial effects can be difficult to control due to economic constraints and lack of personal responsibility, so I believe going green is truly an individual-initiated movement. Going green involves each person taking the time to think about action and consequence. Some examples of green-thinking on the individual level are: taking alternative transportation, purchasing groceries that don’t require transportation or fertilizer, and holding yourself accountable for the waste you generate.

Although I cannot go through these scenarios in-depth, the basic point is that going green is not likely to sweep the world over without personal commitment. Going green is about taking responsibility for our actions and remediating the Earth back to a more stable, natural environment. We (humans) can manipulate the world we live in, but it is time to own up to the environmental concerns we cause and take responsibility.