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Go For GREEN!
Just over a month ago, I planted a new array of vegetables and herbs in my garden, when suddenly a nasty hailstorm broke out and while I stared helplessly at my seedlings getting battered and beaten by the hail it made me think – imagine this was my only source of food and now it is getting beaten to shreds. Thank God it’s not, but for many Africans and people around the world in the poorer communities it is. Extreme weather due to climate change really does not help this situation at all.
The medium and wealthy level society can easily take this for granted as you can just pop to the fridge or the shops to get food.
As time goes on the access to ‘green living’ is becoming more affordable and easier to acquire, but on that note you don’t need to look very far to make small changes. Let’s start off by minimizing your fuel consumption, this can be done in many ways such as:
Driving more conscientiously and less hasty, you will save on fuel, money, accidents and remain more calm.
Another very high emissions contributor is electricity. The government is not making things easier by putting up more power plants instead of investing in greener technology. You need to take your electricity footprint (Scope 2 emissions) into your own hands. There are quite a few options you can choose to do such as:
The most obvious option being just to not use so much electricity, and switching off appliances and lights when not in use, as well as unplugging them.
One of the most exciting things about taking on a greener lifestyle is that you can be creative, innovative, work within your surroundings and save the environment and money!
One of my favorite things is vertical gardens, as the gardens on properties seem to get smaller and smaller, vertical gardens are a great way to save you money while producing your freshest and most healthy herbs and vegetables. If you cannot own your own veggie garden because you have no garden, a vertical garden can suit even the most smallest of apartment patios.
This is an exciting time to ask questions and be creative and turn your space around you into a sustainable and guilt free way of living. Enjoy and Embrace change.
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