“Where the quality of life goes down for the environment, the quality of life goes down for humans.”
- George Holland
The green lifestyle is gaining traction because people recognize its significance and benefits now. Why do we need such a life-changing approach? Are you a nature lover or do you prefer a robotic life in the city? Most people choose the former; however, they don’t do much about that choice, though.
Overpopulation is the root cause of most of the problems mentioned below, which has forced human beings to change how they live life significantly in order to safeguard the environment surrounding us.
Over many years, green lifestyle has been becoming popular around the globe for several reasons, such as:
- Pollution is increasing at an alarming rate
Pollution is affecting over 100 million people worldwide. The air pollutants have raised the death rate by 20%, and it has been observed that due to the high rate of pollution, the 10% of the world population, children, are becoming the victims of severe diseases and infections. Are these facts persuasive enough to emphasize the significance of living a green life to reduce our overall carbon footprint and pollution-causing methods? Air pollution, water pollution, land pollution, nuclear pollution and many more types are generated in metric tons and cubic acres every day around the world, which, if not stopped, will be responsible for the sixth mass extinction event on Earth.
- Resource depletion has scared the entire world
The Earth is not prepared to fulfill the needs of 7.7 billion people. Not just needs but desires too. Human beings do not realize the extent of resource consumption that is being caused worldwide. It was predicted that over 1.8 billion people would not have drinking water by the year 2025, the world coal resources will deplete within 188 years (keeping in mind that more people mean more consumption), the oil resources will not last more than 46 years and the fear rolls in. After reading the statistics mentioned above, you must understand the reason why people are moving towards a greener lifestyle, which can help them reduce their resource consumption notably.
- Severe infections and diseases are a common phenomenon
As already mentioned above, due to pollution and overpopulation, the number of severe diseases and infections around the world is growing at an alarming rate. Most of our elders had not even heard about cancer many decades ago, but now, every other person is diagnosed with a certain type of cancer. Over 166 million healthy lives were lost to cancer in 2008, and it has been predicted that over 26 million people will be diagnosed with cancer by 2030. This number will increase if the current practices stay put. However, awareness about the ill-practices and ill-effects has encouraged people to follow a lifestyle which can reduce pollution and improve their living standards noticeably. Radon testing in the house, plumbing checks before a property purchase and giving preference to a home garden instead of a cemented basketball court – these are some more practices to keep your loved ones away from severe infections and diseases. The count of deaths will be decreased if more and more people walk the green path.
- Energy efficient appliances offer a better ROI
“When demand increases, supply must increase too in order to meet the demand” – this is a simple rule in business. Similarly, when more and more people are trying to walk the green path, many companies are also helping them by inventing energy-efficient appliances, which offer satisfactory value for money. Earlier, the appliances that were manufactured for the green lifestyle were way too expensive and did not function well for a substantial period. However, most devices in the market are not only affordable but also offer desirable life if used appropriately. This codependency is helping the environment get better each day.
- Limited living space emphasizes on reduction in carbon footprint
How much waste does a household generate every day? How much waste is generated around the world every year? The answer to the more critical question is 1.3 billion tonnes every year. Shocked, eh? The number is expected to double by 2025. We all know that the living space that we have is limited. Thinking about deforestation? Even then, because of the rate at which the population is increasing and the tones of waste that is generated, even the water bodies will fall short of the space that will be required to live. Limited space has provoked the people to keep a check on their carbon footprint, which has inclined them towards green living practices.
- People are becoming morally conscious
All of the reasons mentioned above have made people get morally conscious about their actions, i.e. they are realizing the negativity that they are spreading in the world, which has encouraged them to improve. A green lifestyle allows them to give back to the environment, which is what they are trying to do, in order to become debt-free. Yes, we all take the environment for granted; however, if we all aim to give back something or the other, the world will become a better place to live.
Now that you are aware of the many reasons which have either scared the population, encouraged them and forced them to follow a green path, all your queries about the transition to a green lifestyle have been resolved, presumably.
If you have any more questions or suggestions, feel free to mention them in the comment section below.
Guest post by Martin Freeman
About the Author
Martin Freeman is the Co-founder and Managing Director of PropertECO, a company that offers a wide range of services that focus on making buildings stable, environmentally friendly and compliant to safety standards.
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