12 Reasons Everyone Should Care About The Environment

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[sniplet diggright][sniplet tweetright]I get a lot of questions these days about going green. Some of them have merit, others are pretty silly. One of the most common, though, is a simple question that’s actually really tough to answer:

Why should I care about the environment?

I know some of you are thinking “Now wait a minute, that question is easy to answer, there are a bunch of reasons to care…” — and you’re right, there are a bunch of easy answers to that question. I mean, why wouldn’t you want to save the environment?

The problem is that this question doesn’t come from people who already love organic foods, recycling, and driving hybrid cars. This question is coming from those of you who don’t have the extra money to spend buying organic products, or don’t see a big benefit from recycling, or don’t want to give up driving a sports car in favor of a Prius.

Believe it or not, there are still really good reasons to care about the environment — even if you don’t consider yourself an environmentalist. Here are 12 simple reasons everyone should care about the environment, no matter who you are:

1. Show the world your good side

The impact we have on the environment today is making a big difference on the world of future generations. Heck, it’s making an impact right now in a lot of places. It’s our responsibility to care for our planet and ensure our future well-being.

Even if you don’t agree with a lot of this — enough people do that you should pay attention. Your attitude towards the environment says something about your personality to other people. Not caring about our environmental impact makes you look like an irresponsible kid who doesn’t clean up after himself. You don’t want that, do you?

2. Think of your wallet

A lot of people think that going green is time consuming and expensive — and in some cases they are right — but not most of the time.

Most green technologies are actually designed to reduce energy consumption and reuse existing resources. Energy is expensive, and using less of it can save you a lot of money. Bottom-line: going green can be financially rewarding if you do it right.

3. Smog is gross

Nobody wants to live in a world filled with smog. It’s hard to breathe, it smells bad, and it causes untold numbers of health problems. It’s just plain gross.

Don’t think it’s such a big deal? Take a look at the Beijing Olympics — they had to shut down their factories and force 50% of drivers to stay home every day for weeks so they wouldn’t kill the athletes with the poor air quality. After all of those measures, there were still thousands of complaints.

4. Landfills are disgusting

Have you ever been on a highway or town that is near a big landfill? Have you smelled that smell? I don’t know about you, but I would do a lot to avoid ever having to experience that again.

Most things that are thrown into the trash are headed directly to a landfill. Given the amount of trash that most people generate, it’s a miracle that we aren’t swimming in it already. If you don’t like this landfill-everywhere vision of the future, being environmentally conscious is the only way to go.

5. Think of the beautiful beaches

Everyone loves a good beach. The warm white sand, clear blue waters, and pristine palm trees swaying in the light breeze.

Unfortunately, those gorgeous beaches are slowly becoming less of a reality and more of a past memory. Trash is infiltrating even the most remote corners of the world, and if we don’t stop it many of our current beautiful vacation getaways will disappear.

6. Polar Bears are cute

It’s not just our beaches and resorts that are deteriorating, it’s also the beaches and habitats of many of the world’s animals. Do you really want your children, grandchildren, and nieces and nephews growing up in a world so different from ours?

“Mommy, what’s a polar bear?”

7. Unnatural stuff causes cancer

Not only are natural products better for the environment, but they are also better for your health. If you’ve listened to the news lately, I’m sure you’ve heard of that new study showing how _________ has been found to cause cancer. Yes, that’s a blank, and these days it seems like you can fill it in with just about any synthetic product or food.

Moral of the story: eating natural foods and using natural products is better for your health and the health of our environment.

8. Necessity is the mother of invention

If you’re the type of person who appreciates (or, is obsessed with) new technology, then supporting the green industry is an easy choice. The amount of money, resources, and intelligence being poured into challenging ecological problems is driving forward a wave of technological advances that we haven’t seen in quite some time.

9. Riding bikes is fun

Some of the easiest things to do in support of the environment also happens to be a lot of fun. Things like riding a bike, taking a walk, and otherwise using your body instead of a smog-producing device can do a lot to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

A lot of these things will also improve your health and give you something to talk about (you’re really riding a bike to work?!).

10. I don’t want to go extinct

Okay, so the human race probably isn’t going to die out any time soon — but we are using up our resources faster than we can replenish them, and that’s bad.

If we continue at the same pace we’re going at now we’ll eventually run out of fossil fuels, then trees, then clean water, then just about everything else that isn’t sustainable. In order to keep up our current way of living, we’re all going to have to start caring more about the environment.

11. Save the world, improve your lifestyle

A major concern of many people is that going green will require a huge (read:negative) change in lifestyle. Again, this is true in some cases, but it’s not nearly the whole story. You can do a lot for the environment while improving your lifestyle at the same time.

For example: Would you rather change a lightbulb once a year or once every ten years? If you chose ten, you should switch to environmentally friendly CFL lighting. Oh, and it will save some money too.

12. World Peace

World peace seems like a tall order, but considering the fact that most of the world’s wars have been fought for control of natural resources, it’s not too much of a stretch. If we can get to the point where we are living sustainably and technology is providing all of our resource needs, things will be a lot different. There will be fewer wars, fewer poor and starving, and we’ll be creating a way of life that can continue indefinitely.

To me that’s a big prize for making a few environmentally-friendly changes in my life.

What do you think? Do you disagree on any of these points? Are there other reasons to care for the environment?

Share your opinion in the comments.

345 Replies to “12 Reasons Everyone Should Care About The Environment”

  1. This blog hits home for us. We’ve been struggling as a community based group to get people of all backgrounds to understand the importance of caring for your environment.

    I think you’ll find this recent article to be a great example of how difficult it is to engage people in the green movement, at our local level. Check it out; http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/51551087.html

    Thanks for giving us practical ways to think about going green, and a place to learn, share and grow together!!

  2. I love showing the world my good side and I’m glad you make it as the first reason to care about the environment.

    Btw, this is such a nice eco-page you have. Thanks for adding more eco-based website on the net :)

  3. Antoinette & Diar, I’m glad you liked the post! It is really hard to get people “signed up” for the green movement when they currently have no interest, but it’s super important.

    Antoinette, keep up the good work at PB Pioneers! You’re doing a fantastic job over there :)

  4. Great article!

    Anyone who wants to be environmentally friendly and actively live green should read “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” by Jack Herer. It changed my life, preserving our planet must be a priority for every country the world over. Find out what your state laws are regarding Hemp and the history behind them. And if it’s still illegal where you live seek out groups who are working to change the Industrial Hemp laws and join them.
    http://maryjanecannabian.blogspot.com/2009/07/embrace-truth-save-world.html

  5. Great reasons, and very valid. The only thing that bothers me is all-natural, and organic foods are more expensive than other foods. Yes, it is better for your health, but I have seen some frozen dinners goes for $8 because it’s natural, and organic.

    Other than that, the reasons are still right.

  6. we should care for the environment coz we have to leave something for our children, that’s, our our future generations

  7. we should care for the environment coz we have to leave something for our children, that’s, our future generations……..

  8. We should care for the environment coz we have to leave something for our children, that’s, our future generations ……….

  9. we care for the environment becoz we love our nature and we love our nature becoz we care and we know how to solve the problems to save our nature

    By-KAMLESH CHOUDHARY

  10. Hi All!

    So, how do we really get people to care in terms of their everyday actions?
    I think you are right that it will take a shift in thinking overall. We are so used to consumption!

    What do you think????
    – Do we need to downplay the Carbon emissions outputted by other nations?
    – How can we be reminded, every day, to act enviro-conscious?

    I’m excited to hear your replies! Hopefully I’ll get some ;-)

  11. I work for a company that filter out pollutents from our drinking water.
    The first think people say”I can”t afford it” but actually it is less then people think.
    For ex. add all your cleaners shamppo creams etc you use a month and it cost you less then the systems.
    Also just let out some water in the water heater(the bottom faucet) and you will see why you spend $ to replace it.

  12. these reasons rock not just that they’re true i mean come on! aren’t polar bears cute, and who wants to get extinct !!! :) not me thank you

  13. Its good to teach people on environment,most people ignore but its very essential

  14. Its good to learn about our environment.Most people ignore things like the environment and so its wise to find proper ways to empower people on such matters

  15. thank you for helping me with my speech. I copied the whole thing and just read it out to the class. I won the school speech competition and there was $500 up for grabs until I claimed it. I am now as rich as a chickmunk in a tree trunk with um lots of acorns for the winter hibernation season. I cant thank you enough.

  16. Bruce, that was genius. I’m also using some of the things from it for a school assignment. :P

  17. Caring for our environment will sustain us and our future generation so lets take heed and care for our environment.

  18. This doesn’t interest me too much, however, it perked my interest……….let me counter all those points…
    1. I don’t care about how everyone else thinks about me.
    2. Im willing to pay a few dollars for some more time…..after all, time is priceless…
    3. Thats china…..not here
    4. Have I ever been 2 a town beside a landfill……no
    5. Don’t care bout dem dam beaches……live too far away
    6. Don’t give a dam about the polar bears either…..
    7.We’ll find a way to cure cancer……if we don’t……we are gonna die from something anyways…..like a meteor…
    8. I care about ipods…..not nanomachines that eat oil……
    9. That I can kinda aggre with……
    10. Someone else can deal with it
    11. CFL lightbulbs cost alot……and come in 1 per pack…..
    12. Nothing will bring world peace……people will then fight for trees/land, then they will fight for stuff like cars and industry……

  19. to Andrew Sang, you don’t know anything! Whatevers happening in the world will travel to where your at, and then your gonna be all like, “oh, i feel salty!” What happens in the environment affects us whether we know it or want to accept it or not. Take that! HOOK LINE AND SINKER!

  20. It is about time that everyone who has any semblance of reason and love for life (even their own) started taking matters to do with the environment seriously.

  21. very good blog. it is very much practical knowledge and awareness to save mother earth. i found the points very helpful to give a talk on environment.

  22. I am an environmentalist but you’re spreading a load of psuedo science BS! Things that are natural aren’t necessary better for you, cancer is an incredibly complicated thing and anything shown to cause cancer is taken off the market.

    I like you’re promoting environmentalism but you fall into the trap a lot of us do by exaggerating things and giving right wing idiots ammo.

  23. i am with you my dear,
    i got in here when i was looking for information on how to care for the environment. i love the infor shared here.

    can you help me with this,

    ‘ownership and care of the environment’

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  26. green tech my ass,as long we fightin,i dt see y we’ll go for it.
    dey produce atomic,CO2…,so i say let us fuck da env,earth together.

  27. we should protect the enviroment for the next generation, for the wonderful things to still be around, to let us be able to enjoy this beautiful world. I have decided, i would like to try and get the public to not litter!

  28. AWESOME………

    i don’t know of anyone but peple lik me (environment lovers) should defnitly read it.

    SAVE ENVIRONMENT……………………….:)

  29. Whether we like it or not, we have to protect the environment for the wonderful things God created to still be around for the unborn generations. They too have the Right to enjoy this beautiful world.

  30. I read this article – and have to say I agree with it! If we cant look after and respect what we have now. I don’t want to even think about tomorrow. There has been a lot of negative comments above from very sad and disturbed people. Shame guys hate to think what your personal environment looks like, or the respect you have for yourself if you cant have any for “Mother Earth”.

  31. Hey you JAQWVXPLOHFBDFRNB!!!!!!!!! haven’t you seen a magazine about global warming? Because I think you don’t read that @#%!$ magazine (s) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think you better don’t respond me before I get these @#%$c again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. it is very essential for us because now days summmer season is very hot winter is very cold it solution is plz plz plz grow more more more more tressssssssssssss

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