Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Go Green: A preamble

Green thinking, eco-friendly, zero-carbon

It’s a cold August night at the wake of a persistent rainfall. I wrestle a stubborn flu... Could it be that I was bitten by a bug or is it weather induced...? Every inch of my being is screaming for rest, to have a grip on convalescence. But I have to type something, though typing hurts right now. The gain is worth more than every jolt of pain; Every word is lined in green, and going green is everything...

Human activities have amplified the backlash of climate change:

Cumulatively, we humans are eco-hostile in terms of how we consume energy, how we produce energy and how we handle waste. This is hurting/polluting our environment with overwhelming quantities of greenhouse emissions and other toxicants, making our ONLY planet less habitable (especially for the poor). Nature is returning the gesture of destruction and we are losing more... She would not treat us better until we handle her with care. There has to be a conscious switch from a high-carbon/grey mindset to zero-or-low-carbon/green mindset. There has to be a behavioral change from eco-hostile to eco-friendly

There is a gradual transition from the fossil fuel era to the green era. The empire of fossil fuel is collapsing. Many nations are blazing the trail, and Nigeria shouldn’t be slacking behind. The youths should rise to the mammoth occasion. Nigeria is the 7th most populous nation in the world; her youths make up about 67% of the population. This implies that the youths can have a strong united voice to bring about a green revolution and keep climate change at bay. It begins with awareness..., then local action which translates to global action and a global impact to match. 

Be conservative. Be innovative. Saving energy, using it more efficiently, and managing our wastes smartly (e.g. recycling), saves money, saves lives and our environment. Don’t forget going green begins at home, and until we tackle climate change, all the best efforts to achieve The Sustainable Development Goals will come to nothing.

Consider the 5 Rs:

  1. Rethink – Do you really need it?
  2. Reduce – Could you have or use less of it?
  3. Repair – Could it be mended or maintained?
  4. Re-use – Can it be used for other purposes?
  5. Recycle – Can it be recycled to avoid dumping underground?

Consider the wise sayings:

  1. What is the use of a house if you don't have a decent planet to put it on? - Henry David Thoreau
  2. The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river. - Ross Perot
  3. When we realize we can make a buck cleaning up the environment, it will be done! - Dennis Weaver
  4. Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man. - Stewart Udall
  5. We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. - Thomas Fuller
  6. ...most of the damage we cause to the planet is the result of our own ignorance. - Yvon Chouinard
  7. He that plants trees loves others beside himself. - Thomas Fuller
  8. You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need. - Vernon Howard
  9. In our rich consumers' civilization we spin cocoons around ourselves and get possessed by our possessions. - Max Lerner
  10. Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned. - Peter Marshall
  11. If I thought I was going to die tomorrow, I should nevertheless plant a tree today. - Stephan Girard
  12. Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try to use ordinary situations. - Jean Paul Richter
  13. The future belongs to those who understand that doing more with less is compassionate, prosperous and enduring and thus more intelligent, even competitive. - Paul Hawken
  14. Your grandchildren will likely find it incredible - or even sinful - that you burned up a gallon of gasoline to fetch a pack of cigarettes! - Paul MacCready, Jr.
  15. No action taken to reduce your carbon footprint is too small; it eventually adds up to something big. 
  16. Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies. We were rolling drunk on petroleum. - Kurt Vonnegut
  17. Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money. - Cree Indian Proverb
  18. Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. - Edwin Hubbel Chapin

An important question for you and me is: how can I go green? Let’s find answers together...

Thank you for reading my post.

... to be continued.

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