We are all creatures of habit, our lives are controlled by what we already know and what we are comfortable doing. While this might be fine in the workplace, in our lives outside work an element of diversity is needed to prevent us going crazy. The same kind of idea applies to helping the environment. Granted most of us are very wasteful and bin our left over food,
leave the taps running when we brush our teeth and fill the kettle too high when we make a brew but I believe this is due to lack of education.
We aren’t informed in real terms of the damage we are causing the environment and also our bank balances. We treat the energy in our homes as completely infinite and cost free and rarely recycle our rubbish because we just don’t know what it means.
Ok, it is partly laziness but if there was a universal drive in favor of recycling and energy saving I guarantee peoples views would change.
This article will suggest a national and global change of mindset is needed if serious changes are to be made.
Keep an Open Mind
Keeping an open mind is very important. If your local government introduces a new initiative that involves 5 different bins then give it a go. Don’t immediately dismiss it as a waste of time, if everyone adopts the same attitude then a difference will be made. With everything to do with environmental conservation, it is a collective effort, if everyone does their bit then cumulatively the difference made will be striking and visible.
The big problem comes with quantification, how can you recycling a piece of paper make any difference? My advice is don’t approach it in this way, all you have to think is that its better than not doing it at all and this view should be applied universally.
Start the Trend
You will be surprised how many adults are like children in this sense. The age old phrase “don’t be a sheep” is applicable to this situation. Adults like children are easily led and are in a mental competition with one another. If you begin recycling extensively on your street and start telling your neighbours about it,
I guarantee people will start copying you. And for once this is a very good form of copying. If you are seen to be gaining popularity on the street because of your commitment to being greener it will cause others to follow your lead. People don’t like being upstaged and they generally care about what people think.
Starting an initiative on your street could be a great way to gain popularity and help protect your local environment. There are no specific ways to do this, do some research and see what you think will suit your living environment.
This is something for the more wealthy people out there or business owners. An innovative company called Vector Foiltec has created a concept called Texlon; it is a form of solar powered energy (so it’s renewable).
Their ETFE panels are cushioned in a way they effectively traps and conserves the suns rays, it’s all very complicated but I assure you they work – just have a look at their client base.
I’m not saying install them instantly but just have a look online, it might save you money in your home or business in the long run as well as help the environment.
Andrew is a freelance writer with over 5 year’s experience. He loves to write about anything to do with the great outdoors.
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