Many major organizations are urging people to go green, and they're offering some pretty compelling reasons. The unsustainable practices of people around the world are affecting the food supply, wildlife, and even our health. Luckily, these organizations also offer tips on how to make simple, sustainable changes in your life.
It can be tough to go green and live sustainably. However, the benefits are well worth the challenge – especially once you understand the bigger impacts of your everyday actions.
Whether you're looking to slowly ease into a greener lifestyle or go all in right away, there are plenty of quick and easy ways to do so.
Here are a few organizations that will help you on your path to greener living.
The Center for Biological Diversity
The Center for Biological Diversity is a huge supporter of green living. Its mission is to save all life on Earth by protecting the environment and climate, and it recognizes the role that sustainability plays in this. That's why it encourages people to go green.
The Center offers a large collection of resources to help people live a greener life. These resources cover a variety of topics such as improving the energy efficiency of your home, going plastic-free, and even voting for sustainability.
It has also launched a project called Endangered Species Condoms. This project educates people about how rapid human population growth and overconsumption are affecting all living things on Earth.
By keeping the human population in check, more resources are freed up for the other creatures we share the planet with. It might not be the most well-known tip for living a more sustainable life, but practicing safe sex is definitely something to consider when going green.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protects the health of our nation. It's also interested in green initiatives. That's because the choices you make every day –from what you eat to how you get to work – can have a huge impact on the environment and ultimately affect your health.
According to the World Health Organization, "13 million deaths annually and nearly a quarter of all disease worldwide... are due to environmental causes that could be avoided or prevented." Many health issues are worsened by a poor environment, including asthma and heart disease.
The CDC provides in-depth information about how your health is affected by the environment. It also offers great tips for living a cleaner, greener lifestyle, such as using alternative transportation, conserving water and energy, and making more sustainable food purchases.
World Wildlife Fund
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is a conservation organization that works to help all life on Earth thrive. To do this, it's "championing sustainable solutions."
Many of the resources from WWF provide a big picture view of what the global community is doing to combat climate change. This includes initiatives like improving global forest management and building a low-carbon economy.
WWF also gives tips for practicing sustainability on a personal level. If you want to show your commitment to a greener lifestyle, you can even sign the organization's Pledge for the Planet. WWF is another great resource for information about how our choices have an impact far beyond our own lives.
Your Local Government
The best tools for going green are often right in your own backyard. Many city and county governments have their own projects and resources to help anyone looking to live more sustainably. You just have to know where to look.
For example, Hayward, California, manages a program called Green Your Life. It provides all the information you need to go green, from reducing chemicals in your home to going solar.
Additionally, the program offers several educational workshops on topics like water-efficient landscaping and financing renewable energy sources. There is even a monthly newsletter to help you stay on track.
Whether you're in the Hayward area or not, Green Your Life is an excellent resource. If you live elsewhere, chances are your city (or one nearby) has a similar program to help you go green as well.
How Will You Go Green?
Living a more sustainable life is a challenging task. Fortunately, there are plenty of organizations that are more than happy to help. Packed with information and useful tips, their websites will likely push you in a greener direction.
You don't have to completely transition to a fully sustainable lifestyle right away – or even at all – if you don't want to. The trick is finding manageable ways to go green that work for your lifestyle. These days, it's easier than ever to get started.
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