The phrase " going green" leaves many people to believe they must drastically change their lifestyle and become completely independent from fossil fuels and other pollutants which harm the environment. While this is the ideal solution that we should be working toward someday, going green today involves making a few simple changes in life that people can adjust to over time.
1. Use canvas bags Use canvas bags instead of the plastic or paper bags offered by local grocers and supermarkets. By refusing the paper and plastic sacks, trees are not only saved, but getting groceries in the house will actually be easier, since canvas is a much sturdier material than most plastic bags used in grocery. 2. Get rid of gas-powered lawnmowers Gas-powered lawnmowers are on their way out. With more and more of our devices being supplied by electricity and the electricity we use is being generated by alternative renewable sources, like wind and water, we’re reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. If your family uses a gas-powered lawnmower to mow the lawn, consider trading it for an electric mower. Since these mowers run from battery power which has been charged in a wall outlet, keeping gas on hand to mow the yard will never be a problem again.
3.Reduce water usage Minimize water usage by making small changes, like not washing several small loads of clothing, or running the water as you brush your teeth. By conserving water in this manner, we don’t have to worry about our supply of clean water running out as quickly. “ Jal hai to kal hai …”
4. Choose a laptop over a desktop If possible, using a laptop over a desktop will also save a ton on energy bills. Because of the nature of a laptop, many people turn them off before they will a desktop. This leads to around a 75% reduction in energy usage, as often times, people leave their desktops running for days at a time. 5. Keep your tires inflated Keeping tires inflated at the recommended pressure can work by saving nearly 3 miles per gallon of gasoline. This amount may not seem like a lot, but considering that many gas tanks in modern cars hold 20 gallons of gas, this averages out to be around 60 miles worth of savings as long as the tires on your car are inflated properly.
Global warming is the current rise in the average temperature of Earth's oceans and atmosphere. The scientific consensus is that global warming is occurring and was initiated by human activities , especially those that increase concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, such as deforestation and burning of fossil fuels .
<ul><li>An increase in global temperature will cause sea levels to rise , will change the amount and pattern of precipitation , probably including expansion of subtropical deserts . </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Warming is expected to be strongest in the Arctic and would be associated with continuing retreat of glaciers, permafrost and sea ice. </li></ul>Other likely effects of the warming include: -more frequent occurrence of extreme weather events including heat waves, droughts and heavy rainfall events. - species extinctions due to shifting temperature regimes, - changes in agricultural yields.
Join the Green Side Change the light bulbs Switch all of the lightning in the home to compact fluorescent lamps, or CFLs. These types of lighting use nearly 60% less energy than the traditional incandescent bulbs, while lasting around 10 times longer . This simple little switch can save you 2,000 pounds of CO2 emissions each year , if all the bulbs in your home are switched.
Use insulation blankets Using an insulation blanket with a hot water heater can save around 750 pounds of CO2 emissions a year. In addition, any pipes which are exposed should be insulated, so the water heater doesn’t have to do any unnecessary work in order to keep water flowing hot. Turn down the heat In the winter, turning down the heat just a few degrees can save up to 15% on electric costs. In fact, changing the thermostat just a few degrees from what it would normally be placed on can save around 1,800 pounds of CO2 a year, and that’s just a few degrees of change, which likely won’t even be noticed.
Switch to cold water washing Many Americans don’t realize it, but up to 75% of the energy that is used during washing clothes, is used when heating the water for washing in warm water. By switching to cold water washing and using a cold water washing detergent, you could save nearly 1,000 pounds in CO2 emissions each year. In addition, hanging clothes out to dry on a clothes line instead of using a dryer will cut back significantly on your electric usage, especially in a family of four.
To sit in the shade…………….. ………… .you have to save paper first
<ul><li>Use both sides of every piece of paper . Find out how to make double sided copies when you photocopy. If you have a piece of paper that is printed on one side only, use the back as rough paper before you finally put it in the recycling box. </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail or telephone rather than send a letter, and receive documents and statements electronically if given the option. Pay your bills by Direct Debit and ask to receive Bank Statements less frequently. </li></ul><ul><li>Buy books second hand or borrow books and magazines from your local library. </li></ul><ul><li>If you can, stop buying the newspaper and read the epaper instead. And get your name off mailing lists that send you promotions you don't care about. </li></ul><ul><li>Think, before you print. </li></ul>
Reuse Recycle Reduce The waste hierarchy : the 3 Rs elements of the discarded item are used again. Initiatives include hand-me-downs, garage sales, quilting, travel mugs, and composting (nutrients). discards are separated into materials that may be incorporated into new products. This is different from Reuse in that energy is used to change the physical properties of the material. to buy less and use less. Incorporates common sense ideas like turning off the lights, rain barrels, and taking shorter showers.
Only after the last tree has fallen Only after the last river has been poisoned Only after the last fish has been caught Only then will we realize that money cannot be eaten.
Earth allows you to stand. Let it stand the way it is.
<ul><li>About Green Yatra Green Yatra is a registered non-profit trust and a non-government organization (NGO) dedicated to the protection and conservation of our Mother Earth and it’s environment. We strive to maintain the integrity of the ecosystem for the benefit of all living creatures by introducing and adopting simple green lifestyle, eco-friendly ideas in our daily lives. </li></ul><ul><li>Green Yatra was started and run by individuals who share a strong love and passion for protecting and respecting our only source of life—Mother Nature. We believe in ACTION by doing as much as we can to preserve our environment. Sitting idly, complaining, blaming the system, societies, or commenting on internet forums are THINGS WE DO NOT DO. We believe that by working logically, strategically, and practically with prevention and solution oriented approaches is the only way to reach our goal of nature conservation. The impact of Go Green Ganesha is a token of our dedication, effort, and hard work. We are working sincerely with devotion toward bringing out the VALUE of our nature, hoping for your complete support… </li></ul><ul><li>visit us @: www. greenyatra.org Contact us @: [email_address] Join us face to face us in facebook: http://www.facebook.com/greenyatra Be with us in twitter: https://twitter.com/Greenyatra </li></ul>