12 Reasons Everyone Should Care About The Environment

Posted August 4th, 2009 in Going Green 295 Comments

Beautiful Environment
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.

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  10. (-)Guy April 30th

    We’ve done too much damage to the environment anyway. As long as there are politicians and elites that control how our money is being spent and choosing how we live our lives (encouraging us to engage in environmentally destructive jobs to make money for support) then there is very little chance anyone can make a difference. Sorry to be so negative. I do care a lot about nature and the environment but seeing how messed up everything is at the moment just greatly discourages me.
    I actually agree with many of the points you made. It’s just getting them to happen is the problem.

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    Ke phir jud naa paaya
    Loota loota kisne usko aise loota
    Ke phir ud naa paaya
    Girta hua woh asma se
    Aakar gira zameen par
    Khwabon mein phir bhi badal hi the
    Woh kehta raha magar
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    Allah ke bande hasde jo bhi ho kal phir aayega
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  32. caroline tamani June 5th

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  33. ponty June 11th

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  36. Nature Lover June 21st

    AGREE, HOPE SINCERELY THAT WE COULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
    I AM JUST A SMALL PARTICLE IN FRONT OF NATURE, KNOWING THIS FACT I SUPPORT TO PROTECT IT AND SPREAD THE WORD TO ” SAVE THE WORLD”

    TO ALL OF US:

    BELIEVE THAT THINGS ARE NOT OUT OF CONTROL..( the mere thought that everything is out of control can be more dangerous )
    LETS NOT WAIT FOR THAT HORRIBLE STAGE…

    THINK OF YOUR KIDS! DONT LET THEM SUFFER BECAUSE OF YOUR NEGLIGENCE TO NATURE.
    IF U PROTECT NATURE, IT WILL DEFINITELY PROPECT U!

    EDUCATE YOUR FAMILY ON THIS AND CONTRIBUTE! TEACH YOUNG KIDS RIGHT FROM THEIR YOUNG AGE..

    BE A RESPONSIBLE HUMAN BEING..

    This is just a request…

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  40. architray July 9th

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  41. Juaren July 15th

    What a beautiful and amazing reasons on how to take care of the environment. thanks it really helped me.

  42. me July 22nd

    Go Green

  43. angel July 23rd

    what a nice reasons about knowing our environment……

  44. ashwaney safwan July 30th

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  45. pappa August 5th

    the world is awsome

  46. Steve Baguley August 11th

    I’ve always been green - was brought up that way. Problem is I just see society crumbling around me wherever I go. We are intellegent enough to save things just too lazy to do it………….

  47. Colin Guest August 12th

    Both well written and informative. One simple way to help the environment, which incidently needs all the help it can get, is not to accept plastic bags when going shopping. Plastic bags are a major source of pollution, which litter the country and are digested both by animals and fish causing many deaths. The amount of water that is being wasted in many countries is staggering, especially as the next world war will most likely be over water. Even the most sceptic critics of global warming have now come around to realising that it is people that are causing the present problem, where weather patterns are going crazy. It is essential that we all do our bit to help save our environment before it is too late.

  48. alis August 26th

    It is a must for us to care of the environtmen… We live in it!

  49. candy girl August 27th

    eo simply rocks

  50. Nature Rocks! August 30th

    I DONT WANT MY GRANDCHILDREN OR NIECES AND NEPHEWS TO NOT SEE POLAR BEARS! WE DIDNT SEE DINOSAURS! HOW DO WE FEEL? WE FEEL LIKE WE WANNA SEE DINOSAURS! YOU DONT WANT THEM TO FEEL THAT WAY DO YOU! GO GREEN AND SAVE OUR ENVIRONMENT!

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