Going green is a trend spreading around the world. For example, our country is looking for ways to become more environmentally friendly with hybrid cars, products made from recycled items like countertops made from recycled glass, and people using cloth grocery bags versus plastic or paper bags.
There is no doubt that going green is a trend, especially with purses and T-shirts displaying “Go Green.” But going green is also beneficial. Before going green became popular, it was a lot harder to find items that were environmentally friendly. These items were also a lot more expensive, due to their limited availability.
Citizens as a whole would probably be more willing to go green if it were less expensive. The cost is a major problem at this point.
With the green trend, it is a lot easier to find environmentally friendly items and prices on those items have come down considerably. People are becoming more aware of how much waste they are producing, and are becoming more conscientious about recycling.
But if our country wants to be more serious about becoming environmentally friendly, Congress should regulate products that are being used and the amount of waste that gets returned to the Earth.
The government could also get companies and well intentioned people to stop buying carbon offsets to reduce their carbon footprint. A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities.
People with money buy carbon offsets from green businesses such as wind energy farms so that they can continue to fly their jets and drive large cars and own several homes, using the carbon offsets and positive effects of the green company, to help them feel good that they are not contributing to the problem. While this does help, it is only beneficial for the people who have money and really does our country no good.
But, by becoming a trend, going green is helping and, therefore, is a step toward a solution.
Khrystyne Noeldner is a senior at Paw Paw High School and is a member of the 2008-09 Gazette Young Editorial Staff.
Global warming is said to be the fault of humans. But is it really? I strongly believe it is not. If the world can go through global freezing like it did in the Ice Age, why can’t it warm up?
In fact, the earth tends to warm up by itself. Sallie Baliunas, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said, “The recent warming trend in the surface temperature record cannot be caused by the increase of human-made greenhouse gases in the air. There is no reliable evidence for increased severity or frequency of storms, droughts or floods that can be related to the air’s increased greenhouse gas content.”
William M. Gray, professor of atmospheric science and a meteorologist at Colorado State University, has said, “This small warming is likely a result of the natural alterations in global ocean currents which are driven by ocean salinity variations. Ocean circulation variations are as yet little understood. Humankind has little or nothing to do with the recent temperature changes. We are not that influential.”
Despite this evidence, many companies are changing their policies to make sure they are going green.
But why are they going green? It sells products. Companies want to sell their products so they are going to do whatever it takes to do so.
Going green is the hot trend right now and it sells. It sells to all the concerned consumers of America. Companies may talk about going green for the environment. However, they are doing it for themselves and their bottom lines. If they really want to help the environment, they have to stop following trends and do what’s best for everyone, not just for themselves.
If going green was really meant to help our environment, then it would not cost so much. It would be cheaper so the everyday citizen could afford it.
Perhaps if corporations believed more in their green trends, they would work to make the fad affordable for everyone.
Brittney Hale is a senior at Vicksburg High School and is a member of the 2008-09 Gazette Young Editorial Staff.
Paranoia concerning the health of our planet, or in other words the going green trend, has seized the driver’s seat in the design of most of our buildings and vehicles, as well as expanding the field of alternative fuels.
The initial response to these sweeping reforms by most Americans is an automatic show of support. But upon further reflection, some individuals have begun to question whether going green is more of a simple trend than a solution.
It is my firm belief that going green is most definitely a trend, but it is also part of the solution. Unfortunately, there seems to be a negativity associated with most fads. There is nothing negative about saving energy or making our planet a cleaner, safer place to live. I commend the efforts of consumers and businesses alike who have chosen to change the ways they operate in order to improve the environment.
Going green is also an issue of national security. As a country addicted to oil, we require a vast supply of crude oil for our nation to function. Because environmental and political restrictions on our own oil supply are so strict, we must rely on foreign oil to fulfill America’s needs.
Sinking billions of dollars into Middle Eastern fuel every year provides a direct cash flow to some of America’s most dangerous enemies. Going green, thus, entails a massive transition to alternative fuels, which will take a brutal toll on the assets of those who despise our nation the most.
After considering this significant information, I think the answer to whether going green is a fad or a solution is more obvious than ever.
Is going green becoming more of a trend than a solution? The root of that question is flawed.
Going green is a trend, and a growing one. But it is a solution as well, not to mention the right thing to do. For these reasons, I fully support America’s going green trend.
Nick Mears is a senior at Comstock High School and is a member of the 2008-09 Gazette Young Editorial Staff.
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