Going Green

Going Green

Going green is the rage at the moment, and I’m not talking about getting sea sick on the last boat ride that you went on . No, this is about being more environmentally conscious and following certain practices which will help preserve the natural environment that we live in. I touched on it in the sustainable life http://exploringconservation.com/2018/06/16/the-sustainable-life/ however there are a few things I would like to add and emphasize upon.

Let’s start with a couple of going green examples

  1. Changing just one of the light bulbs in your home to a energy saving globe could make a serious impact on your energy consumption. Imagine what could happen if you change them all.
  2. Turn your electronic equipment off at night. Even if they are on energy saving mode they are using a lot of energy.
  3. Purchasing products in bulk decreases the amount of packaging needed, in this way providing a large amount of benefits to the environment.
  4. Like number two, Turn off the lights in your house when they are not in use. Just this can limit energy costs greatly.
  5. Buy fresh produce which is grown locally. The food will taste better and it will also reduce the use of paper, plastics and shipping material.
  6. Find out if you can sign up for green power from your utility company. You can also conduct a simple energy check of your home and replace electrical appliances with energy efficient appliances.
  7. When doing the laundry, try to use cold water or warm water. Using hot will take the machine longer to fill while expending more water and using more energy.
  8. Instead of using bottled water, install a water cleaning system on your sink.
  9. Plant a tree. Even one tree can make a significant impact on the environment.
  10. Become an Eco-warrior by making your city clean and green. Encourage everyone in your neighborhood to join or begin a recycling program and buy Eco-friendly office items.
By using more environmentally friendly products we can make a difference.

Green Events

Earth Hour

As increasing climate change and biodiversity loss threaten the globe, more awareness needs to be made about the environment. Beginning as a symbolic lights out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now the world’s largest movement for the natural environment, inspiring millions of people to take action for our Earth and nature. Earth Hour is celebrated by switching off all the electrical equipment in your home, including the lights , for just one hour. Just think… If 7 billion people did this how much energy would be saved? Coordinated by WWF and other volunteer organisations, Earth Hour’s greatest strength is the power of people. You make Earth Hour possible Earth Hour 2018-2020 is planning to start never-before-had conversations on the loss of nature and the urgent need to safe guard it.https://www.earthhour.org/what-is-earth-hour

Green Festival

Acknowledged as the biggest and longest-running sustainability trade show in the United States of America, Green Festival draws together some of the world’s most trusted companies and brands, pioneering thinkers and conscious consumers, all in one building. The exhibition is made to showcase green products as well as showing new ways to live more sustainably, and improve the way we live.

Ten years in the running now, Green Festival is annually growing more popular with both consumers and suppliers of sustainable items, and in order to  counteract their growing environmental footprint caused by increasing attendance numbers, they are aiming to become a zero-waste event.

They will achieve this by using recycled materials to make all their company branded displays and signs, whilst recycling anything and everything that can be recycled. The event is held in buildings recognised for their energy efficiency practices, and all exhibitors are inspected for their commitment to sustainable business practices. They also promote the use of green modes of transport to the event, and all their food and beverage containers are 100% biodegradable.http://www.greenfestivals.org/

 

This speaks for itself.

 

This dedication and attention to detail in order for the protection of the natural environment, makes Green Festival one of the most eco-friendly trade shows in the world.

Earth Day

Every year on April 22nd, activities are held across the world to show support for the protection of the environment. The first Earth Day, held in 1970, is widely supported with launching the modern environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day events each year, making it the largest civilian observance in the world.

There are many environmental achievements associated with Earth Day, some of which have uplifted people’s lives, others have provided educational support for future generations. Annually, millions of schoolchildren are taught about the importance of clean air and water, and some less privileged areas are supplied with solar powered energy, but these examples are only the tip of the Earth Day iceberg.

Every year, people of all ages and backgrounds come together in their ways to improve the state of Mother Earth. Some will litter clean ups, others clean up nearby coral reefs or improve mountain trails. Petitions and marches are set in place to demonstrate people’s awareness of the climate crisis. Along with this, politicians report on their environmental achievements, pledge to improve their environmental performance, and suggest investing in greener technology.

With the staggering participation of over 1 billion people, Earth day is by far one of the most Eco-friendly, green events worldwide, Showing how people from all walks of life can come together and give something back to our planet.https://www.earthday.org/

Architecture

Many corporates have come on board and have changed the design of their buildings. These changes include green topped roofs, this refers to the roof having vegetables growing on top of roof or other indigenous vegetation. Lights that only switch on if a person walks into the room and then switch off when they leave. Solar paneling on the roof. The use of recycled water to water plants. Along with this, pressure filters are placed in taps to limit the amount of water that flows through the taps. Two years ago a large corporate in South Africa known as Old Mutual received a 5 star rating by the Green Council in South Africa. http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/old-mutuals-cape-town-office-leader-in-southern-hemisphere-in-green-building-2016-12-05More recently Old Mutual integrated an off the grid water project in light of the recent drought in Cape Town.https://www.cbn.co.za/news/old-mutual-launches-sa-s-first-benchmark-off-grid-water-project.html

 

A modern building built with the environment in mind.

Take Home Message

Going green is not a hard process. All you need to do is change one or two aspects of how you do things in your home  to make it more environmentally friendly. I don’t know about you but I would like to live in a world that still has majestic natural landscapes, wild animals and clean air, how about you ?

References

40 Ways to go Green

https://www.earthhour.org/what-is-earth-hour

The World’s Most Eco-Friendly Events

 

 


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