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Ten Reasons Families Should Go Green

1. Do it for your kids

While many environmental problems are already here and are already significant, we all know sadly that it’s the kids who will likely be living through the worst of them in the future.  Going green is one of the biggest gifts you can give to your kids for their future.

2. Save money

Some green actions like installing solar panels and purchasing electric cars are pretty expensive for most people.  But many others save money or pay for themselves nicely with time.  From using your large car or appliances less to making your home more efficient, there are plenty of ways for families on tight budgets to save money and help the environment at the same time. 

3. Get away from the TV, enjoy what mother nature has to offer

Going green – one fabulous reason to explore the great outdoors and to get away from the TV! Don’t believe that last statement on saving money?  Get your family up to the library and find many “How To” books on the subject.  Alternatively, you could go as a family to hear a speaker on the environment or get together for outings of all kinds from nature walks, fishing, swiming and camping, to river clean-ups and more. Enjoy mother nature!

4. Work as a team

As the kids age they can help out more as your family researches the most eco-friendly products, recycles everything, organizes carpooling, hangs clothing on the line instead of machine drying it, uses the push mower, makes its own stuff, and maybe even sets up a vegetable garden.  So to the extent that some eco friendly actions take more planning or effort, families can be well suited to divvying up the tasks and getting involved.

5. Invest in your body for the future - its good for your fitness

Walking, biking, rollerblading, sailing, canoeing, swimming and more… active ways to get around for work or leisure are not only better for the planet but also can be better for you bodies.

6. Kick start the kids’ careers

With all these environmental problems, there is increasingly a shortage of demand for environmental professionals.  Society is going to need more environmental engineers, lawyers, marketers, business people and more.  Going green can help prepare, educate and motivate your kids for this wide range of career possibilities.

7. Rebel together

While it may or may not be truly mainstream to be green these days, we all know that we still live in a ‘bigger is better’ society where most people conform to unnecessarily high consumption norms.  There are possibly no bigger rebels than environmentalists.  Be original, be unique, controlling your life how you want to generates respect from others and develops your character. Family support to do this is definitely a huge asset.

8. Invest in your body for the future II - less toxins = less sickness

From greener, healthier personal care products and organic foods to greener buildings with fewer toxic substances built into them, going green is a key way to avoid sickness and even serious diseases.  Small children, being particularly vulnerable, undoubtedly need their parent’s help in this respect. Don't expose your children to the huge amount of additives, colors, toxins and chemicals which find their way into our food, products and houses.

9. Spend more time together - tele-work from home

One way to reduce your driving is to work from home on occasion by using the internet.  Tele-working is not possible for everyone of course.  But if you can do it, you eliminate plenty of commuting time, allowing you to really be there a lot more for and with your family.

10. Impress each other

Show actions to your kids, speak out on issues publicly, stand up for the health of your family and our planet, go against the grain. You might just be amongst those rare parents who are actually seen as cool by their kids.

Submitted by SuperGreenMe on Sep 10, 2008