fred t asked in Science & MathematicsBotany · 10 years ago

Why is going "green" important?

i heard and see every body saying i'm going green, why is this important?

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  • 10 years ago
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    the earth can't sustain the way we live, the earth is over populated and the things that we use pollute the earth,

    Here are some facts

    •5 billion gallons of water used to flush toilets each day

    •estimated number of trees worth of paper thrown away every year in the US is 7, 17 trees saved can absorb a total of 250 pound of carbon dioxide

    •1995 – 2006 is the period of time in which 11 of the 12 warmest years on record have occurred, because of green house gasses (carbon dioxide)

    •global warming is due to pollution and green house gasses, there are holes in the ozone, so we are not as protected from the sun, the ozone is like a screen and if there are holes in it from pollution, we're at a greater threat from the sun's harmful rays

    • 25,000,000,000 styrofoam cups are thrown away every year, and toxic chemicals leach out of these products into the food that they contain, which threatens human health and reproductive systems

    • the EPA says that prolonged exposure to atmospheric ozone above legal limits might be expected to damage the immune system

    •Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours which is equivalent to a half gallon of gas

    •1 glass bottle would take at least 4,000 years to decompose

    •The average American will throw 600 times their weight

    •CF bulbs (the swirly ones) use about 1/4 the energy to produce the same amount of light as a traditional incandescent bulb

    • for every passenger mile traveled, public transportation emits 95% less carbon monoxide and almost 50% less carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxides than private vehicles

    What you can do

    •use non-toxic methods to control pests and least-toxic methods when necessary

    •divert landscape waste from landfills by using equipments such as mulching mowers, wood chipping machines and composting

    •use native or adaptive plants to help reduce water and chemical use

    •carpool with peers/neighbors/school kid

    •use public transportation as much as possible

    •shade any hardscapes such as drive ways and parking lots to help reduce heat island effect

    •use light-colors (high albedo) instead of blacktop

    •you can purchase aerators for toilets that have a gallon per flush ratio above 1. This will help conserve and reduce water usage

    if you got to http://www.footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/p... you can calculate your carbon footprint

    there are many other reasons and things you can do that are not listed above, sorry about the long answer, hope it helps!

  • 10 years ago

    Going "Green" means cutting back on things like water and electricity.

    It's important so the planet stays healthy and green instead of rotting into a twisted ball of smoke and ash.

  • 10 years ago

    Yeah, it's a big corporate scam. It makes people feel better about the environment as they tear open layers of plastic packaging and cardboard to get to their CFL light bulbs. Unfortunately, buying "green" is a complete farce and will be as long as we remain a disposable society.

    Now, if you want to take steps to get your home off the grid through solar panels and wind mills and buy products that are built to last, then you can actually feel good about making a difference.

    Going green is so important, because it lines the pockets of corporate tycoons with "green".

    @Gage: Apparently you do not have the mental capacity to understand intellectually nuanced viewpoints. "Going Green", is corporate propaganda. Environmentalism, taking personal conscientious action is poles apart from jumping on a media, corporate sponsored fake environmentalism. The corporations care not about the earth, but only for money. Maybe you don't understand the difference between personal action and the illusion of action through corporatism.

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  • 10 years ago

    It's saving natural resources and cutting back on stuff that affects our earth (driving, polluting, etc.)

    It is supposed to help slow down global warming which will eventually make the sea level rise by 400 feet in about 200 years.

    So, basically, it's meant to help save the earth and future generations.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    it is hard to think that with all the 'green' folks out there,they haven't had a public outcry as to the uses of the environments in countries like India,China and Russia.These countries are worse polluters than anywhere in the world,yet it will get worse before it gets better.

  • 10 years ago

    Basically because of urban areas producing so much pollutants into the air it has begun to destroy the ozone layer, which protects us from the Suns radioactive rays. Because of this skin cancer has become more likely to develop, and just like oil once the ozone layer is gone, it is gone.

    Going green is using less oil, electricity, and water so that we produce less pollutants and preserve the planet. Thus preserving the ozone layer and our water supply.

  • 10 years ago

    J-Girl, where do you suggest the approximately 60 trillion tons of water comes from for such a rise?

    Being 'Green' is about reducing dependency on fossil fuels because all people in power that aren't in the oil business realise that our severe dependence on black gold will crush the modern world as soon as it starts to run dry. Therefore to reduce the stock of such we need to reduce that dependency.

    @Jack. You completely contradict paragraph one with paragraph two.

  • 10 years ago

    It's important in keeping the earth clean and not using up all of our resources, contributing as much to global warming etc.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    "Going green" is just a made up phrase by companies tricking dumb consumers into buying their products.

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