Challenges facing green living

Even though GREEN living is the solution to most of the many challenges facing the world today, people are adapting at a very slow rate.

Below are the key challenges facing green living;

1.Getting started-For those who already know the impact of pollution to environmental health and that of living things-man included, are not getting started in addressing the problem in their own small ways.

Until we get started, nothing will happen.

2.Finding balance-after understanding that every individual has a role to play in sustainable living, the next challenge is finding what suits your way of living.

3.Overwhelmed-some people are convinced that the mess in the society is so huge that their small efforts won’t count.

They would rather look for someone or company to blame as they continue to magnify the problem.

We rather litter our streets and blame the county governments or companies responsible for waste management.

4.Availability of green products-earth friendly products are very scarce. Our Super markets and shopping malls are filled with all types of products that we are supposed to be avoiding.

Very few companies are thinking green probably due to costs involved and the risk of losing customers for known products.

5.Accessibility to green products-some people are not aware that green products exist, leave alone knowing where to get them.

Green products should be made accessible to enhance usage.

6.Lack of information-some people have no idea that by regularly consuming certain products, they are multiplying the effects of pollution.

Some do not understand the value of having a healthy environment. They have no idea that our health depends on the health of the environment we live in.

And still others do not know what to do as individuals to stop environmental pollution.

Creating awareness on these key areas will be of great value.

7.Cost of the green products-an average person finds green products to be expensive compared to the non-green ones.

The challenge however is that the effects of continuously using the non-green outweighs the cost of buying green products.

8.Poverty-poverty affects purchasing power.

Empowering the masses financially will help in consumption of green products which for the time being cost a little more than the non-green products.

9.Poor government policies-many governments spend billions on waste management but are slow to implement zero pollution policies.

It’s common knowledge that the leading cause of deaths worldwide right now is food related diseases.

Governments are spending billions to finance treatment of these diseases but they are reluctant to address the root cause!

 

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How to live a green life

To live a green life, the focus shifts to three key words; Recycle,Reduce and Reuse. The three R’s.

1.Reducing pollution-Pollution of any kind is harmful to both to mankind and all the other living things. Read more on environmental pollution here http://www.thenewgreenearth.WordPress.com/environmental-health

2.Conserving natural resources-reducing our consumption of essential resources goes along way in conserving resources. Many times we manufacture more than we need and we end up wasting resources.

3.Recycling non-biodegradable products-plastics and other non-biodegradable products pollute our environment and at times block sewerage systems. Continued production of plastic items is uneconomical and unhealthy.

4.Contributing to conservation of forests and wildlife-everyone knows that besides creating rainfall, trees help in purifying the atmosphere. Wild animals are a tourist attraction and most wild plants are medicine.

5.Cultivating more plants and trees in vacant lands-increasing vegetation is a healthy exercise.

6.And helping to maintain the ecological balance on the earth, so that all living beings can survive and thrive in their natural habitat-at any given time,human beings live in harmony with other living things.

Benefits of green living

The point of focus here is where people live and how their living contributes to a harmonious coexistence.

Commercial real estate owners and managers need to embrace environmentally progressive practices in order to remain viable and meet the needs of the community. 

Building owners and managers can leverage cost savings and other benefits of going green that produce undeniable return on investment—and position their buildings for the inevitable transition into the new era of green living.

Benefits are categorized into 3;financial, community and environmental benefits.

Financial Benefits:

1.Expense Reductions:Green initiatives ultimately result in reductions to energy, water and maintenance costs.

2.Enhanced Brand Image: All else being equal, green businesses are looked upon more favorably.

3.Green building concepts drive appreciation of building values and increase investor desirability.

4.Higher Occupancy Rates: Tenants are attracted to space that increases employee comfort level while enhancing public image.

5.More Productive Workforce: Green workspace results in happier employees and less absenteeism.

6.Lower Insurance Premiums: Buildings that document their green progress are eligible for insurance premium credits from  insurers.

Community Benefits

1.Reduction in Health Risks: The use of toxin-free building materials and green ventilation systems minimize potential health risks of cancer, asthma and other ailments.

2.Public Safety Improvements: Green buildings undergo a commissioning process that ensures buildings systems are operating optimally which reduces potential for fire and other hazards.

3.Improvements in Thermal and Acoustic enviroments:Thanks to reduced VOCs (volatile organic compounds, emitted by materials used during and after the building process), aesthetic qualities are heightened, and strain on local infrastructure is minimized. In short, quality of life is improved for everyone involved.

4.Strengthening of Infrastructure. High-quality, green infrastructures promote ecological networks and links between habitats—enhancing quality of life and responding to climate change while fostering community well-being.

Environmental Benefits:

1.Improvements in Air and Water Quality.

2.Reduction in Solid Waste.

3.Reduction in Fossil Fuel Use and Dependence.

4.Conservation and Protection of Water and Forest Ecosystems.

5.Promotion of alternative energy sources.

GREEN LIVING

Every creature is better alive than dead,men and moose and pine trees and he who understands it alright will rather preserve it’s life than destroy it.Henry David Thoreau

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Green living is a lifestyle that tries in as many ways as it can to bring into balance the conservation and preservation of the Earth’s natural resources, habitats and biodiversity with human culture and communities.

We understand the need to embrace practices which have little or no negative impact on our environment both now and in the future, to reduce waste and consumption, to work with nature in creating sustainable food systems and living arrangements, and to strengthen local communities and relationships.

In a layman’s terms,living green and sustainably means creating a lifestyle that works with nature, instead of against it and does no long term or irreversible damage to any part of the environmental web.

There are many benefits of living a green life. Read more on green living benefits here http://www.thenewgreenearth.wordpress.com/green-living/benefits-of-green-living

Every person has a role to play in enhancing a sustainable environment. Like Mother Teresa said,’if each one of us cleans their own compound, the whole world will be clean.”Read more on how to live a green life here http://www.thenewgreenearth.wordpress.com/green-living/how-to-live-a-green-life

Efforts are being made day by day by ambassadors of a green/sustainable life but alot still has to be done.Read more on the challenges facing green living here http://www.thenewgreenearth.wordpress.com/green-living/challenges-facing-green-living