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The Green Issues

Updated on December 11, 2015
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Elsie believes in keeping the world green, so the future generations are healthy, but we can always believe in Halloween.


Think Green

The green issue is not going to go away, we have to think seriously about what's happing to the world.

It is never too late to stop and have a good think about how our everyday lifestyle choices impacts on the planet.

Are we using reusable bags, burning less gas, reducing our emissions, keeping our environment pollutant free?

We all know our global environment is suffering and it's all very frightening, overwhelming, and, to be honest confusing.

What does it all mean?

Questions About The Green Issue.

Have you Considered Going Green?

Being "Green" means different things to different people, what does it mean to you?

What are you doing to try to reduce your carbon emission, can you use public transport?

Do you buy local or fresh or organic or free range?

Some people think that being green is a luxury that requires more money... What do you think?

Starting to think about all this stuff is step one.

Guyana's Green Gold: Keeping Forests Standing

Recycling the Wastes

Focusing on ways we can make the world a better place for everyone to live in, if we don't act now our future generations will be the ones to suffer, for the way we are living today.

Let's try and make the world a better place to live in, keep it clean and tidy from rubbish.

If we go on wasting and building up landfills, like the picture below, where will the world be in years to come?


Thought's About The Green Issue.

It is often those who have money who use the most energy, therefore, it's those who can afford to spend cleverly to reduce their energy consumption.

No need to buy expensive, organic products - just go to your local farmers market to buy food or put some seeds in the ground and grow your own.

You don't have to buy a brand new hybrid vehicle - get a second-hand one, or get a car with a smaller engine and remember to tune it up and pump your tires.

Get rid of the heated towel-rail and start problem-solving.

It's now or never to start helping to save the world for our future generations... it's a no brainer.

Start making a change today, it will pay off for the future tomorrows.

Take Small Steps First - Changing Ways to solving The Green Issue, open your eyes, read, get informed.

Try out stuff that appeals to you, swap ideas with like-minded people.

Forget about the guilt, when you are making steps in becoming green, celebrate the effort, think about using less all the time.

Just never ever lose your sense of humor, take small steps, one at a time, because it's going to matter, you need to help now, to help towards solving the issue.

It will be satisfaction guaranteed for the future if you start thinking and acting about the future of our planet

A few ideas, I am not really getting hard on anyone, just trying to help save the world for our children, children.

Green Issues

Do you think we do enough to keep the world green for the future generations?

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Environment - Green Issues - Disasters Beyond our Control.

Photo Credit - Flooding and Damage After 36 hours of rain and gales. The copyright on this image is owned by John Proctor and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license
Photo Credit - Flooding and Damage After 36 hours of rain and gales. The copyright on this image is owned by John Proctor and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license

Weather Damage

There is so much of it happening around the world, damage to the earth, due to the weather.

We have no control over what mother nature delivers to us, it causes many problems in the environment.

You can spend thousand of dollars getting the clean green image, making the world livable for future generations and it can be all destroyed in hours.

Flood Damage

Klamath Septic Leach Field.
Klamath Septic Leach Field. | Source

Flooding due to heavy rain costs a fortune to repair, in some cases it never gets cleaned up, it is left to nature to repair by new growth, other times like this photo above it has to be repaired because of septic tank leaking into the waterways.

We can try and keep above it all but somewhere along the line there has to be a change somewhere.

One thing for sure we can't change the weather, or can we?

We can only forecast the weather and prepare human life for the flooding, then leave it to mother-nature and hope after the storm that there's no damage, but in most cases there's so much carnation that it is heart breaking.

It is happening far too often these days, is that globe-warming?

Green Tip.

Using cloth nappies for one baby saves up to half a tonne of waste from going into landfill and

prevents half a tonne of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere.

It will also save the parent up to $1800

Babies Cloth Diapers - Save money.

When I had my children in the 1960s there was no such thing as disposable diapers.

There was no problem cleaning and washing, as a mother it comes naturally in bringing up a child to look after them and that include washing soiled nappies.

They never had sore bottoms, as once the nappy needed changing they were changed, not left to walk about and get their little bottoms chaffed.

One thing I can say, my children were easy to train using a potty and were sleeping all night with no nappies by the age of two.

There is a video below to show you how to fold a cloth diaper if you are a new mother and not sure how to do it.

Help save the earth of unwanted landfill and save money.

Happy days.

Folding a flat nappy/diaper

Junk mail in your letter-box. Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley
Junk mail in your letter-box. Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley

Ways to Help the Green Issue.

Junk Mail In LetterBox.

Put a "No Junk Mail" sticker on your letterbox.

You will not only be saving trees, you will also be saving the energy required to recycle all that paper.

Also, you won't be tempted to buy a whole load of stuff you probably don't need.

Say no to packaging.

Plastic bags polystyrene trays, take-away containers.

Each time you purchase a product, consider if there is another way of carrying it home.

And if you really want to make a statement, leave the packaging behind.

Going to the supermarket, take your own bags, do not use plastic bags, at one stage in New Zealand, the shops charged for using their plastic bag, but supermarkets seem to have dropped that now, but I know Warehouse still charge for the plastic bags.

I had a surprise the other day - I bought a toasted sandwich, and received it in a brown paper bag, that saving on unnecessary landfill it is easy to get rid of paper bags, maybe the times are changing.

Green Tip - 2.

Replace four of your most regularly used light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs and you will save up to $65 a year

and they last up to 10 times longer.

Save energy in your own home. Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley.
Save energy in your own home. Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley.

Creating Energy Efficient Homes

Insulating your home, its one of the cheapest things you can do that will make a make a big difference to your power use.

Whether you have an old draughty bungalow or house or just building a new place, you need to make sure that you check out all the ways you can save.

Get in touch with someone to come and give you a total diagnosis of your home in energy terms, based on your house, your lifestyle and needs, then try to implement what is required.

If you are putting a heat-pump, burner or need insulation, there are plenty of help out in this big world.

By saving, on the way we use our power, for example, using more efficient light bulbs, is just one way, if we stop and think there are so many things we can do if we didn't take the easy way out of many a situation.

Try searching on the internet, using good keywords, there's help for everyone, don't be afraid to ask for it, they will be on your doorstep before you know it.

© 2011 Elsie Hagley

Ways to Help The Green Issues - What's do you do to save or recycle?

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    • Elsie Hagley profile imageAUTHOR

      Elsie Hagley 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      @TanoCalvenoa: Appreciate your visit. Green issues is one thing everyone should be trying to improve, it isn't nice the situation we have in the world now, unless they do something, there isn't a very nice future for the generations to come.

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      4 years ago

      I need to remember to ask more often for paper bags rather than plastic at the grocery store. I already do just about everything you list here. "Green" issues are extremely important to me.

    • Elsie Hagley profile imageAUTHOR

      Elsie Hagley 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      @ColettaTeske: Glad to have a visit from you, hope these tips were helpful. We all need to do a little everyday to save the world for future generations.

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      4 years ago

      Thank you for the simple Green tips and reasons why it is so important to recycle and to conserve our resources!

    • Elsie Hagley profile imageAUTHOR

      Elsie Hagley 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      @Arachnea: Thanks for visiting and commenting. The main thing you are trying one step at a time, is a great start.

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      Tanya Jones 

      4 years ago from Texas USA

      Excellent lens. I'd not given thought before to environmentally caused green issues before. Though I'm trying to become more green and reduce my carbon footprint (and all that), it's a slow process.

    • Elsie Hagley profile imageAUTHOR

      Elsie Hagley 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      @DuaneJ: Thanks Duane for the visit and comment, nice to see your face around, missed you. It is a very important issue and all though we all try to improve everything on this subject, I'm always looking for ways to make the world a better place for our future generations to live in.

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      4 years ago

      I definitely think I can do more. I'm not convinced that I've done enough. A very relevant and important issue!

    • Elsie Hagley profile imageAUTHOR

      Elsie Hagley 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      @goldenrulecomics: Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Just visited your article, very interesting, lots of reading, here is the link if any one is interested.

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      4 years ago from New Jersey

      Lots of good points here. We learned a lot about the environmental issues when we visited Montreal's Biosphere, which we wrote about. It's a very important topic!

    • Elsie Hagley profile imageAUTHOR

      Elsie Hagley 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      @shana273: Great, thanks for visiting and commenting.

      It' amazing what we can reuse in our own junk instead of dumping it, or maybe it can be useful for someone else.

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      5 years ago

      I recycle aluminum, plastic, cardboard, etc. I also try to find ways to reuse things when I can.

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      6 years ago

      I am activlely involved with green issues in my Northern Virginia community and also expanding to my state. Glad to see this topic and valuable lense. Also congrads on your 100 lense trophy. Mary Christmas to you and your family. THanks.

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      6 years ago

      Featured this on Plastic is Death which I was going to add to the comment box at the end but there isn't one. Hugs.

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      6 years ago

      Well, I am a conservationist and build the lens Plastic is Death. Then I sent the url for it to the Greens, a political party in the ACT, advising them that they could forward it to anyone they thought could use it. Lo and behold, and I like to think this lens had something to do with it, a couple of weeks later the Greens put forward a bill into the Assembly to ban plastic shopping bags in the ACT. It was passed and now implemented. Now it is time to get people to reject buying stuff in plastic, polystyrene and other contaminants as you mention. My little cotton bags work well for me and are easily washed if needed. Many take note ot them when I am shopping.


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