There are hundreds of answers to this question-some are easy, some require a little more effort. One of the easiest ways to go green is to borrow things rather than buy brand new. Next time you need a book go to the library. By not purchasing the brand new book you are saving ink and paper. The same thing goes with movies and games too, try and rent them or purchase from a re-sale store rather than purchasing brand new. If you know your neighbors well, perhaps you could suggest that you share yard tools such as mowers, leaf blowers, snow throwers, etc. By sharing you cut down on the plastics and electronics involved in those items. Another easy way is to eat less meat. I’m not saying cut out all meat, but even eating one meal a week without meat will help the environment and your wallet. Meat is expensive because of the food, hormones, and space needed to raise animals on. Many companies such as Tyson Chicken use factory farming to cut down on space, but by doing so require more antibiotics and hormones for their animals (and factory farming is nothing less than animal abuse.) If you can’t imagine a meal without meat, try purchasing food from local farmers. That cuts down on the carbon-footprint because transporation is at a minimum. Best of luck to you!
To me “go green” means you’re going to live with making little or no impact on the environment and all your needs come from renewable and local resources. The best way to go green is find other people who are also interested and committed to doing the same. You’ll need moral support (to keep you motivated) and teamwork. One of my WWOOF hosts once told me you need a group of at least four people in order to live self-sufficiently. Whether you have a group of people right now or not start doing research on permaculture. Bill Mollison’s Introduction to Permaculture guide is most likely available on-line as an e-book and it may just change how you view the functioning of the world. Identify your basic needs to live (food, clothing, housing, etc.) and figure out what you and hopefully your group can provide and how you will go about providing these things. It is possible to live a rather green life in a small space. (though if you live in say the middle of Manhattan, it’s going to be a struggle. Ask Colin Beaven author of No Impact Man a memoir of how he and his family intentionally lived a year in Manhattan without use of electricity or anything disposable.) Check out the Dervaes family in Pasadena who provide all their own food from gardening in keeping animals on their one-tenth of an acre lot in Southern California suburbia. http://urbanhomestead.org/
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