What Does the Green Movement Mean for You?

| October 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

Green Movement Perhaps the greatest impediment to widespread acceptance of the green movement and the energy conservation initiative is confusion over terms and ecological processes. What’s key to understand is that both the green movement and energy conservation initiative are rooted in curbing the greenhouse effect as well as minimizing waste. And both of those start in your home!

The Low-Down on Greenhouse Gases

Yes, you’ve heard the term since elementary school, but what actually are greenhouse gases? but The greenhouse effect, in essence, is what the nineteen seventies environmental movement partly centered around. The greenhouse effect deals with the harmful emission of greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide and methane, into the atmosphere. When these gases are emitted, harmful thermal radiation is assimilated anew by greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and shunted in all directions. As early as 1824, scientists have deplored the negative effects of certain greenhouse gases, but the green movement and energy conservation initiative didn’t seriously consider the precursors and safeguards against the greenhouse effect until perhaps the nineteen seventies.

Cost-Saving Energy Conservation

The energy conservation initiative denotes processes aimed at reducing energy consumption in the United States and abroad. Energy conservation can be achieved by either implementing more energy efficient items or decreasing utilization of current energy resources. It’s important to realize that individual people and private corporations are the direct consumers of oftentimes wasteful energy, and reducing that waste will lead to more financial self-determination and reduced energy costs.

Alright, you’ve got that down, but what exactly does energy efficiency look like?

Pragmatic Energy Conservation Moves

Well, insulating one’s home allows for reduced energy costs because less heat is needed as less heat is escaping the home. Many people who want to “go green” also select fluorescent light bulbs over incandescent ones. Studies show that fluorescent light bulbs use 66% less energy and promise to last up to ten times as long as incandescent light bulbs. That said, some environmentally conscious people looking to lower their carbon footprint even further may opt for natural skylights. Scientists today actually say that going with energy efficient items like fluorescent light bulbs may reduce consumer energy costs, decrease dependency on foreign energy supplies, decrease emissions, and even help curb the greenhouse effect and harmful emissions and waste. Those all sound like pretty good reasons!

Green Movement Initiative

The International Energy Agency recently claimed that improved energy efficiency within industrial buildings, industrial processes, and transportation could slice the world’s energy needs by one third over the next two generations. This would not only mean more domestic economic self-determination but also less dependence on costly energy reservoirs and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. (Yes, cleaner air for your grandchildren!) Some scholars also contend that following the International Energy Agency’s recommendations for the next two generations would bolster national security by limiting the amount of foreign imports into the United States.

Get The Big Picture

The documented effects of rising sea levels and global temperatures as a direct ramification of global warming and the greenhouse effect make energy security and energy dependence more crucial now than ever before in history. Through individual efforts, like using natural lighting and fluorescent light bulbs, the United States and other nations can curb these harmful effects and carve a trailblazing example in green politics.

Jennifer Wallace is an environmental advocate who enjoys hiking & freelancing for flowerdelivery.net

 

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