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.

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

  1. I love this article!! God created the whole world and that is why I try to take care of His creation!! I love Him and I try to reflect that in the way I live my life. Throwing my trash in the garbage and doing my best to care for the earth, is just a small step to take in displaying my Love for God!

  2. Quite a good article although some of you points are daft and a bit inappropriate. EG – Polar bears are cute. However you did bring up some good points that are very useful to know.

  3. This article really helped me out on my assessment and made me think of why i should care about the environment!!!

  4. What about loosing the Great Barrier Reef? What about rising sea temperature and sea levels affecting fish stocks, and the loss of islands and land.
    What about loosing all the species that are now on the brink of extinction?
    Bees for example, if we loose them we loose half of our food production.
    The food chain, once you take out one species, there goes another then another. Chain reaction.
    Things for all species will continue to decline (including us) if more people don’t start caring and making small changes to their lifestyle.

  5. it helped me alot on my speach i was going to do on the envoroment too! omg! and every thing writen down is true! thx for making me happy! lol! from Geoffrey’s dauter!

  6. Wow ! this article really helps me on my home works about the subject of environmental science !! LOL thank you for this article of yours :) :D

  7. I think you guys should read the bible because it tells you that we should look after the earth because it is like gods temple.

  8. Heading should be “12 reasons WHY everyone should care for the environment”

  9. Lright, now Micky, asha and tristan, logsn and Rayden how are ya ?

  10. if you don’t try to save the environment, you are gay, and if you think littering or harming the environment on purpose is cool you are a gay fucking nerd that wants to be cool.

  11. I’m in 8th grade and all my passions are wildlife photography (I’ve live in Guatemala for a month), drawing birds, and studying conservation, biology, and prehistoric biology. Who here knows what a kakapo parrot is?

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