Going Green isn't just about recycling, that's only part of it. Overall, going green means to live life, as an individual as well as a community, in a way that is friendly to the natural environmental and is sustainable for the earth.
It also means taking steps, whether big or small, to minimize the harm you do to the environment (including the carbon footprints you leave behind), as a result of inhabiting this planet.
In practice, going green means adopting few basic principles in your daily life:
• Reduce pollution
In our day-to-day activities, we actually release substantial amount of toxic substances into the environment. What we should start with; is Consider switching to more natural cleaners and personal products, drive less, and use the public transport instead.
• Conserve resources (Energy & water)
The earth’s resources are limited. More and more trees are cut down to produce more and more paper for the growing number of offices worldwide. More oil, coal and other natural fuels are extracted from the earth to drive our factory machineries, our automobiles (including our airplanes) and our homes. However, the world’s supplies of oil and coal will not last forever, and our use of these fuels is contributing to polluted air, acid rain and global warming.
In fact, according to a World Wildlife Fund report, humans are using more than 20% more natural resources than the Earth can produce. And between 1970 and 2000, the populations of land, freshwater and marine species have fallen by about 40%. At this rate, we would outstrip the earth’s capacity to support life very soon.
If we do not take the effort to conserve our finite resources now, soon there would be none left.
• Reduce consumption and Recycle
When we reduce our consumption (especially of goods), the world would have less need for energy and resources (especially raw materials), and in the process produce less pollution. Besides Recycling allows us to reuse the materials in unwanted items to make new items.