Going green is a great way to make life easier and cheaper while doing something for your fellow man. By going green you are not only helping the planet and by extension everything on it, but you are also helping to save yourself money by avoiding spending unnecessarily on your energy bills, and achieving some creative solutions that can be both fun and satisfying.
As such, once you’ve decided to go green, it’s natural to want to help others by getting them to go green too. At the same time the more people you convert, the larger the impact will be on the planet. Making positive changes most certainly starts at home, but if everyone does the same thing then you will see the effects multiplied exponentially. Here we’ll look at a few ways you can convince others to go green.
Set a good example: One of the best ways to get someone interested in going green is to set a great example yourself. This means you don’t have to ram the idea down their throat which can have the adverse effect of making them resistant when they might not otherwise have been, and can rather let them come to you. If you have a great self-sustaining garden and serve up home grown beans then you can be sure that you’ll start to pique the interest of some of your guests.
Make it look fun: Going green can be great fun – that’s why this site is called ‘enjoy going green’. Depending on how far you want to take the lifestyle it can be incredibly rewarding and informative. Make sure you share some interesting facts about the environment and involve your friends in some of the more fun aspects of going green.
Give green gifts: Going green means being creative and that’s something everyone is interested in to some extent. Giving home made gifts is not only a great way to put effort and thought into a present, but also to get people interested in the process. This could mean home made soap, a plant you grew or home made champagne. Anything that demonstrates the fun and creative side of going green.
Explain global warming: Don’t just start spouting facts if no one asked as this form of evangelicalism can be off putting. However many people don’t understand precisely how global warming works or what damage it’s doing. Many people also don’t believe that it’s really being caused by mankind and is in fact just a natural ‘cycle’ for the planet. Put them right by explaining how carbon causes the greenhouse effect and how this is something that we create a lot of. Some other little facts about the death of the coral reefs or a higher incidence of natural disasters can also help to hit home.
Start helping: If someone shows an interest in going green then you should nurture this interest as you would a young plant. Offer to give them any information regarding where they can get cheap energy saving light bulbs for instance and give them some seeds if appropriate.