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Building a Greener Future: What You Can Do to Make a Difference

Making some changes in your life and the lives of those around you will create a safer and healthier world for generations to come.

“Going green” might be much easier than you think. Read ahead for a glimpse at some steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint and change the lives of everyone around you.

Lead by Example

Many people don’t realize just how much they influence everyone around them when it comes to making positive lifestyle changes. Coworkers, friends, and family members who see you taking steps toward a greener future are much more likely to start doing the same. Habits such as shutting down electronic devices at the end of the day and going out of your way to recycle are both helpful and highly visible.

Start in Your Own Home

One of the best places to start this process is in your very own home. Families should take some time to walk through their home once or twice a year to come up with ways they can cut back on the use of water, gas, and electricity. Simple upgrades like high-efficiency filters, a programmable thermostat, and low-flow faucets could drastically reduce your utility bills.

Make It Fun for Your Family

kids outWe all know that kids learn more when they are having fun, and that is why it is important to make these lifestyle changes exciting and interesting. Simply getting children out into nature as often as possible will help them develop an appreciation of the natural world. Parents should also try to create unique projects for their children to get involved with such as a neighborhood clean-up or a backyard garden.

Make a Career Out of It

For those who want to make a big difference, it might be time to think about a “green collar” career. Green jobs have exploded in recent years with amazing new careers in practically every sector imaginable. Options such as becoming a civil engineer will put you in the position to make tangible changes to how our future cities will be run. Look into civil engineering master’s programs for more information about how you can make a difference in the industry.

Don’t Forget About Your Diet

What you eat has a huge impact on the environment due to modern farming and animal raising techniques. Everyone should try to educate themselves on where their food comes from and if it is sustainably produced. Focusing on a plant-based diet, limiting the amount of meat in your diet, and keeping an eye on which fish populations are being caught in a sustainable manner will all help immensely.

Making some changes in your life and the lives of those around you will create a safer and healthier world for generations to come. These tips can help you get started on taking part in building a greener future.

Pix via 1 & 2                                    Anita Ginsburg, the author of this post, is a freelance writer from Denver, CO.

 

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