The “go Green” movement is one of the hottest topics trending right now. The term “going green” can mean many different things. Basically, the goal is to become environmentally conscious and to take action to conserve our natural resources. This happens on a large global scale with energy conservation efforts. It can also take place on a personal level by tuning into your local surroundings and reconnecting with nature in the process.
Not only does going green let you help the environment, it also helps you connect with the world and nature on a deeper level. Studies have shown that mood disorders can be lifted by reconnecting with nature. Let’s explore some things you can do to go green while getting in touch with nature.
Walk or Ride a Bicycle
One of the best ways to conserve energy and reduce the use of fossil fuels and pollution is to walk or cycle to work, school, or the market. If you live close enough to your destination, leave your car in the garage and take in the fresh air on foot or on a bike. This will not only benefit the environment, but it will also give you some exercise, expose you to healing sunlight, and link you to the natural environment. All these things will boost your mood and overall health.
Shop Local Farms and Farmer’s Markets
Shopping for fresh produce and sustainably raised animal proteins at local farms and markets can be a rewarding experience. There is something very soothing about seeing your food still very much alive by visiting a farm. Likewise, outdoor farmer’s markets are rich with color and foods that were likely picked just hours before. There isn’t anything fresher and more environmentally responsible because the food has not traveled long distances. And, it gets you out of a grocery store and into a more natural, friendly environment. And, especially, when you go green it tastes wonderful.
Compost Your Perishable Waste and Yard Debris
Composting is a great way to turn your food scraps and raked leaves into nutrient dense soil to use in your vegetable or flower garden. This limits the waste that piles up in landfills. It’s easy to learn how to make compost. You can do it in a simple trash can with a lid or in specialty composting barrel that tumbles. Composting will get you outside to get rid of waste and will inspire you to nurture your gardens or potted plants. Caring for even small, easy plants and recycling food waste will help you connect more with the cycle of nature and feel better about your place in it.
Basic rainwater harvesting is the process of collecting the run-off of water from a roof into a barrel or a cistern. The water can be used for watering lawns and gardens. In some instances, such as remote rural settings, rainwater is filtered and used for bathing and cooking. Collecting rainwater helps to prevent soil erosion from storm water run-off and conserves energy by tapping into one of our greatest natural resources. Once again, this reconnects you with your environment.
It can be difficult to find ways to have a measurable impact on the environment, but the smallest gestures can make a big difference, even if it is only to you or your local community. Connecting with nature helps us step back from the big cares and stresses of urban modern living and has been shown to improve mental and emotional health. And taking the effort to live more naturally also helps the world itself. So try some of these simple ways to go green and reconnect!
About the Author
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan
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