There are many aspects of going green that make it so important. There’s the fact for instance that global warming is causing more natural disasters which are laying waste to the homes of millions of people, or there’s the fact that global warming is causing sea levels to rise and shrinking the land we have available to live on. You might have read elsewhere about how global warming is killing off some of our natural resources, or about how we’re running out of energy to fuel our cars and household appliances. Of course all of these are very good reasons to go green and to limit your contribution to the destruction.
However all these are reasons that only effect us – i.e. that effect humans. There are many more victims of the way we’re treating the planet though, and what makes it more tragic is that all of these victims are innocent and blameless in the destruction of our resources and the creation of harmful fuels. There are countless ways that our behavior as a race is effecting the animal kingdom, and there so there are countless ways that going green can help stop this unnecessary destruction of life.
Take for instance the destruction of so many trees – not only does this create more carbon dioxide, but it also means the destruction of the habitats of countless animals. Every single tree that is cut down in the rainforest will cause the death of many animals and insects that lived there. So by recycling and going green in other ways you can leave more of them to their homes.
At the same time animals are effected directly by global warming as it means that habitats that were once perfectly suited to them are now too hot or too cold and they can no longer live there – or at least cannot flourish. The same goes for plants and trees and other organic masses, and one of the most concerning examples are the coral reefs – as global warming causes the seas to rise in temperature so does this cause an increase in acidity which is causing many reefs to die out. Each reef is home to millions of species of marine life and should these be destroyed it would be an absolutely tragic loss. Going green then can help to save the coral reefs and thereby help the millions of creatures that call them home.
And the important thing to remember though is how an ecosystem works – how every life is dependent on another life. Animals eat plants and then get eaten by other animals. If any single creature dies out then, it will mean that another species is left without its prey, or starts to run amok without its natural predators (meaning that whatever it eats will diminish).
Already animals have gone extinct as an effect of global warming (even if not as a direct effect). Going green to prevent this happening more is absolutely crucial and the moral thing to do.