Choosing a Green Lifestyle – Why Go Green?

7 Good Reasons To Consider Living Green.

Until recently, being an environmentalist or "green" was pretty extreme, associated with hippies or people who wanted to drop out of society and live on a commune. Today, however, with growing awareness of global warming and other environmental problems, more and more people are realizing that there are many answers to the question, "Why go green?" Here are some you may want to think about.

1. Think About Future Generations

If you have children, nephews, nieces or any young people who mean something to you, don't you want them to grow up in a world that is healthy and sustainable? One of the reasons we have problems today is that for a long time, people were short-sighted and didn't think about the future.

2. Think About Your Own Future

The fact is, many people alive today may have to face the consequences of climate change, pollution, deforestation and other environmental concerns. It's not just your children you need to be concerned for --it's yourself. Many of these issues are not a distant concern, but are affecting the world right now. If you need evidence for this, just look at the frequency and severity of storms, tsunamis and other devastating weather events.

3. Live and Be Healthier

Many green activities, from eating more naturally, to using non-toxic household cleaners, to gardening organically are healthier for you. You can reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals by developing green habits.

4. Save Money

You can also save money be driving less, using less heat and air conditioning and conserving on electricity. All of these activities conserve energy and reduce your bills at the same time.

5. Reduce Clutter

By reducing the amount of paper you use, you are not only helping to conserve trees and reduce paper waste, but you can significantly reduce clutter in your home. Paper clutter can cause make you feel overwhelmed and disorganized, so get rid of as much of it as you can by doing more tasks online.

6. Spend More Time Outdoors

Many green tasks, such as gardening, composting and walking or biking as alternative modes of transportation involve spending healthy outdoor time. This can help you stay fitter and also bond with friends and family members.

7. Educate Yourself

Going green involves learning more about the world, how things grow, the climate and other important issues. As you learn why each issue is important, you are also getting an education.

Why go green? Going green is healthy for the planet, living green is healthy for YOU and for your wallet!

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