Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Going Green

Learn how to be more environmentally friendly and the benefits of the Green movement.

The concept of “going green” has been around for more than a hundred years in America. Environmentalist and advocates like Teddy Roosevelt soon realized that Industrialization and public expansion was seriously eroding the natural beauty of the land. Environmental concern finally leads to establishing national parks and forest reserve. New agencies were created like The Environmental Protection Agency, which led to The Clean Air Act, Water Pollution Control Act, and many other laws against damaging the atmosphere, land, and water.

The green politics of today is global with worldwide “green organizations” from almost every industrialized country. The green party is very concern with ecological health and against any sort of pollution to the natural world. America and some other countries like England, India, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, Australia, and Africa, are leading the way to protecting the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency: Cleaning Up America's Act (Understanding Our Government)

Going green isn’t just for the average person. With the creation of Earth Day in 1970, it has brought more attention to help protest against the deterioration of the environment and to celebrate the appreciation for Earth’s natural beauty. There has always been a strong political tone in America to improve the environmental standards. Past U.S. Presidents like Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter have made attempts to run a “greener” energy-efficient, environmentally conscious White House, but the Obama administration has already taken steps to really make it work. The Roots of Going Green: Your Fork Your Power

First Lady Michelle Obama has already started a herb, fruit, and vegetable garden on the White House lawn. The Obama administration has made it clear that they intend to make LEED certification. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The White House will implement changes in design and strategies to improve performance in water efficiency, energy saving, ventilation, heating, and recycling. LEED Materials: A Resource Guide to Green Building

How does one help on Earth Day? Earth Day is celebrated in the U.S. on April 22. But you don’t have to wait for April 22 to celebrate Earth awareness. Earnest people who really want to “live green” can get help from these web sites listed below. Learn about Earth Day activities that the whole family can do, get free stuff, and tips on living a greener, healthier lifestyle.

Planet Green is a 24-hour TV network and web site dedicated to eco-friendly living. Their web site PlanetGreen.com is full of helpful solutions, tips, latest information, and an active community forum for conversations. They give expert advice on practical ways to live green and healthy. Other major sites like Treehugger.com and go-green.ae are excellent resources. The Go Green Initiative site is a wonderful non-profit organization geared for teaching schools and students to recycle everything and respect nature. The Kaboose web site has a wide range of Earth Day activities. The most popular activities are the arts and crafts that the whole family can do together. Go Green, Live Rich: 50 Simple Ways to Save the Earth and Get Rich Trying

Here is a list of free tips on living green. Solar panels, a good way to become energy independent and make your own electricity. Biodegradable products, saves our landfills from expanding. Green transportation, walking, biking, trains, boats, carpooling, or driving vehicles using Ethanol, Hydrogen, Natural Gas, plug-ins, and Biodiesel fuels. Local Library, why buy when you can read, watch, and listen to it for free. Magnetic generator, a small and cheap device that can make electricity for your home. Cleaning products, Vinegar, Baking Soda, and Vodka. Cleaning laundry with Vodka kills odor-causing bacteria. Cleaner water, install a water filtration system. Composting, reduce garbage output and a great way to feed your garden. Going paperless, popular alternatives are Hemp paper, Bamboo paper, Sugar Cane paper, and Kenaf paper, all come from plants that are much easier to produce and harvest. The Self-Sufficient Home: Going Green and Saving Money

For more eco-friendly products and totally free stuff are listed here. Ecobunga, has great stuff for going green, BookMooch.com is great for music and books. Greenerbuyer.com is good for interesting gadgets, clothes, and green products. For nearly and totally free sites try these: Green Giveways, Freecycle.com, Greenshopaholic.com, The Freesite, Craigslist, Swapster, Seventhgeneration.com, and Swaptree for games, music, and dvds. Checking the internet will bring up a host of Green-going sites and helpful products. Nonprofit Guide to Going Green

Going green and celebrating Earth Day can be both a learning experience and fun. Save energy, save money, recycle, have a greener garden, live healthier and cleaner. Simply changing one’s lifestyle to a more nature friendly one can help the environment and improve our standard of living.



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