The Color of 2008 is Green. Everywhere you look these days you hear talk about green.
Just what is the Green they are talking about today, and why is it such a big concern?
The free dictionary defines Green as:
A supporter of a social and political movement that espouses global environmental protection, bioregionalism, social responsibility, and nonviolence.
a. Beneficial to the environment:
b. Favoring or supporting environmentalism:
Recent political groups have taken on the color as symbol of environmental protection and social justice, and consider themselves part of the green movement, some even naming themselves green parties. This has led to similar campaigns in advertising, as companies have sold green, or environmentally friendly, products.
Webster's definition is:
relating to or being an environmentalist political movement b: concerned with or supporting environmentalism c: tending to preserve environmental quality (as by being recyclable, biodegradable, or nonpolluting)
I think Webster's b & c definitions fit most people. Concerned with, and supporting environmentalism. Tending to preserve environmental quality.
Now that we have a good idea about what it means to be green, what are a few things we can do to help the cause?
Recycle: Make sure that you place all recyclable material in the recycling bin and not in the trash. Buy products with recycled material. Try to buy products that are recycling friendly, and are packaged in recyclable material. Reuse whenever you can.
Become more Energy efficient:Turn down the thermostat in the winter, and up during air conditioning time. Better yet, buy a programmable thermostat to cut down on energy use. Put an extra blanket on your bed so you can keep it cooler in the house during the night. Turn off the lights when you don't need them. When a bulb burns out, replace it with a compact fluorescent bulb.
Conserve Water: Fix leaking faucets, each repaired leak will save gallons of water. Turn off the water while brushing or shaving. Use water saving shower heads, and cut down on your shower time. A one or two minute reduction will save hundreds of gallons a month.
These are just a few tips to help you go green in 2008. I Hope you find this information helpful.