If you are truly passionate about going green then you need to consider more than just your own carbon footprint – you need to think about how you can effect the planet on a broader scale. Going green is a way of life rather than just a few easy decisions (though every little bit helps) and there’s a lot you can do to help make the world a greener place – particularly by putting your money where your mouth is. Perhaps there’s a reason money is generally green…
The first way going green can be achieved by spending money is by buying green products that have been made in a green way. This will effect your carbon footprint and make your home a more eco-friendly place, but more importantly it will send a message. By buying green products what you are doing is supporting those companies and this will mean that other companies sit up and take notice as they see that conscientious business pays off. As we cause more and more companies to start behaving eco-consciously this will then have a huge impact on the environment – more so than any one business could have.
At the same time you can of course focus on going green through sponsoring charities. Choose the green charities that you are most interested in and you can give some of your income toward encouraging the creation of green technologies or planting trees in the rainforests. Green charities are trying to do a lot to help the planet to go green, but they need funding to do so. If you fund an organization developing alternative energy sources then you may just contribute to something that would change the planet for the better.
However giving money to charities is an expensive way of going green, if you would rather profit from your green streak and you have money to burn, then why not choose to invest in companies that are interested in being as eco friendly as possible? This way you can support companies that are trying to do the right thing in a big way, possibly profit from your good deeds, and you may even be able to influence big decisions in the organization if you are a major share holder.
For some influence can go even larger than that – for instance corporations tend to have a lot more money than individuals. If you are at the head of a well-off company then, make sure that you make the right decisions regarding going green – set an example for other businesses or you could even use your resources to buy smaller companies and then change their business practices from the inside. By controlling the flow of money then it is possible to encourage the planet in going green and to hasten the developments that will help prevent environmental damage.