Why is going green important? Science continuously reminds us of global warming and species extinction, but what can it do for us? Living green can save you heaps of money if done the correct way. It is also the right thing to do—we should conserve resources such as oil that are running out and strive toward living in a sustainable world. Even more, it can improve your health when you skip driving for walking.
Humans must stop slowly sinking into the crevice of their sofas as the never-ending Niagara Falls of Doritos crumbs drop over the flap of our stomachs and instead utilise our brains, not to mention our legs, a little more often. If we don’t, it’s unlikely there’s going to be a future left for us in this lifetime, let alone these children we laughably think we’ll bear.
As Leonardo DiCaprio said in 2007, “We all have to do our part to raise awareness about global warming and the problems we as a people face in promoting a sustainable environmental future for our planet.”
International Earth Day (April 22nd) should be every day. It began because on April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development.
You can do way more than just recycle. Here are some top ways to go green this year:
- Reusable bags – In America, 1% of the 100 billion plastic bags used are recycled. You can purchase reusable bags at most shops and they drastically save on pollution and rubbish. Even reusing plastic bags can reduce your carbon footprint. 
- Dishwashers – Studies have shown dishwashers are more energy efficient and cost effective than washing by hand, especially newer models. Don’t pre-rinse dishes or use until it is full. It is best to use non-phosphate detergent such as Restore Products or Bio-o-Kleen. They also have ‘energy-saving’ and ‘light’ settings so you can be extra green!
- Donate/Sell Old Electronics – Televisions, fridges, lamps, phones, games consoles; you name it and you can find it in a landfill somewhere. Both online and offline companies offer to recycle old electronics whether they’re functional or not. You could sell working electronics at a car boot sale, on eBay or Amazon. If you’re feeling generous, you could always donate to charity.
- Turn Down The Thermostat – Gas can be a costly bill. During those chilly winter months we should be putting on extra jumpers and wrapping up in blankets. Obviously heating can be essential at times but turning your thermostat down 3-4 degrees can save you 10% on your expense.
- Conserving Water – Bottled water isn’t just bad for the planet, it’s bad for you too. It is overly-expensive and contains far more chemicals than your average tap water, 25% of the stuff came out of a tap to begin with. Switching from baths to showers can save a lot of water too. Even a two-minute shorter shower can save you up to £40 on your annual fee.
- Unplug Electrics – Phantom power is the energy used by appliances while they’re still plugged in. These devices can account for up to 10% of the cost. 
- Support Green Businesses – Buying from natural, organic and free-range shops is another way to help your environment. Always using local and small businesses is best, it also helps expand them and produce more jobs. Buy earth-friendly cleaning products and make-up.
- Gardening – Make your garden wildlife-friendly. You can make your own bird feeders, hedgehog houses or get a pond. On top of this you can grow your own vegetables, fruit, herbs, potatoes, anything! Even if you don’t have a garden you can still grow things on your windowsill such as tomatoes.
We used to say we shouldn’t leave the future generations with a mess to clean up. We should be responsible for our own environment. Now, times have changed. It’s urgent that we act now to treat our world with kindness. There’s no future clean up crew. It’s now or never.
Less than 1% of freshwater is readily available for humans to use. 1% of China’s city dwellers breathe air that is deemed safe by EU. These are shocking statistics. Let’s all change something for the better.