There are plenty of good reasons to try to live in a more eco-minded manner.
The BIGGIE reason
For the kids: The number one reason I’ve been trying to live greener all these years is for my son. I’d say that I started greening my life in bigger ways just about the time my son was born, and while there have been a lot of positives, it’s also been challenging. Giving up some stuff was hard, as was learning to live in different ways. I don’t want my son to have such a hard time. I want eco-living to be easy for Cedar. So far this aspect of me living in a more sustainable manner has paid off. Cedar is much more knowledgeable about eco-issues than I ever was as a kid.
The other reasons
Health: Toxins, chemicals, and pesticides in cleaning products, food, body care items and mattresses are not things I’m on board with. I certainly don’t want Cedar exposed to all this junk. You can’t (and shouldn’t) live in a bubble, but I can control the toxins in my own home to a point. There’s also a major nature component to consider because a family who enjoys spending time in nature is healthier than a family who is always centered around a television or other indoor activities.
Money: Some debate this point, but in my experience, it’s less expensive to live green than not.
Work: I’m a full-time freelance writer and social media manager, and although I do write and manage communities for other topics, I’d guess that about 80% of my income comes from writing about environmental issues. It’d be pretty damn lame if I spent all this time handing out tips and offering advice if I wasn’t walking the talk. If you work for a company or for yourself, that’s dedicated to eco-living, then you should be dedicated as well.
Conservation: Some resources we have won’t be around forever. They will run out. If everyone did their part conserving resources, we wouldn’t be running out as fast.
Global warming: I think it goes without saying that major warming, floods, and other global warming aspects sounds pretty terrible and I do believe in global warming. There are plenty of other reasons to live green that make more sense in an immediate way for families, although I do think global warming is one consideration.
Water: Water is a scarce commodity. We don’t have enough water to go around, and if we run out we’re all screwed.
Landfills: In spite of people thinking we have never ending space in our landfills, we don’t. If we had plenty of space why would the U.S. do things like send our trash elsewhere? We don’t have unlimited space. The world is not getting any bigger and it’s up to us to conserve the land we have.
Consumerism: Black Friday, McMansions, commercial holiday nonsense, and other non-essentials that people buy up in masses teaches our kids horrible lessons about how to live. All this time wasted on earning money for junk just to impress others or because we’ve been programmed to think we need it makes me crazy, and green living directly contradicts this mindset. Green living, in most instances is a lot about living with less and living with family not things as a priority which I like.
Why not?: If there’s a way to go reusable that’s just as easy as non-reusable; if there’s a way to save energy vs. not; if there’s a way to keep toxins out… why wouldn’t you try to incorporate these tasks into your world? There are some harder aspects of going green for sure, but for years I’ve managed, and others have managed, to find ways to do it that are not that hard and even less stressful in many cases. When you think about it, living green is just a mindset – it’s about making choices that are healthier for people and the planet. IF you can find a way to do it that doesn’t take up more time or money or sacrifice your lifestyle in an extreme way, why not do it?
Of course, this is by no means a complete list. There are hundreds of great reasons to live green. What are some of your reasons?
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