Imagine a world where going green is the new “religion” of sorts, which means that a new “green handbook” will serve as a green bible for the masses of today in order to protect the earth for the masses of tomorrow. Our society is not too far off from making this happen, as going green in all areas of our lives continues to take center stage. Here is a look from US Green Technology at how going green could drastically affect our lives in the future—ranging from the predominance of green jobs to an increasing number of green standards that govern our everyday lives.
Just as standards exist for green construction (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification), green standards very well could exist for everyday living. For instance, imagine having to legally track the number of miles you drive a traditional gas-guzzling vehicle, or track the amount of electricity you burn monthly, or even track the amount of garbage you produce. Then, imagine facing the threat of getting into trouble if you exceed the number of “non-green points” that you are allowed in certain period of time, based on a new national or international sustainability standard.
Going green can be an enjoyable experience, though—one in which you don’t have to engage by force—if you opt to go green on your own volition, starting today. As eco-friendly vehicles (such as hybrid cars or electric trucks) become more affordable and effective during the next few years, taking advantage of these modes of transportation can help you to save gas costs while also saving you time at the pump—not to mention that it will help to save Mother Earth, too.
Furthermore, institute a recycling program in your home: If you take this seriously, you can have a positive impact on landfills. Tracking your own electricity usage by choice will also prevent you from having to participate in energy rationing in the future—which is a possibility if consumers keep overly consuming electricity or don’t use more energy-efficient devices now.
In addition, imagine living in a world where all jobs that are advertised are green jobs in some fashion; every company must institute green best practices to improve its production processes; and every employee must abide by these green standards. In fact, consider the “non-green points” tracking standard mentioned earlier. What if you had to share data on your personal number of “non-green points” with future employers on your resume?
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