Going green is the privilege of the rich. How true is this?

It is widely advised to “go green” nowadays. Advertisements haunt us regularly on how simple solutions can have a big impact on saving the environment- going green. However, most of these solutions in my opinion are expensive ones, which leads me to my claim that going green is only truly attainable if people are wealthy in the first place.

Solutions nowadays though simple enough are very pricey. This is due to the fact that at this stage of development, it is very costly to carry them out. For example, in Australia, due to the hole in the ozone layer, it is advertised to install solar panels on the roofs of the houses in order to save electricity generated from fossil fuels.  This may seem simple enough, however, the solar panels cost a large portion of the home owner’s income, and it also takes a large time frame to regain the money that has been invested. Thus it can be seen from examples like Australia’s that going green is very costly due to the limitations that arise from the state of technology we currently are at.

Also, it not only costs money as well, but is costs time. This is because solutions nowadays are too impractical to carry out. A survey by keenforgreen.com carried out a survey to find people’s opinions on the price of going green. It was found that people find things like reusing water, or taking public transport to be too impractical due to it being tedious. They found the reason to why it is unfavourable to some people to go green to be due to the fact that people enjoy convenience, meaning that they did not find taking public transport to be beneficial towards their lifestyle.

On the other hand, people may argue that going green comprises of many solutions, such as recycling, reusing, and reducing. Solutions like these are simple enough to carry out, and also can be considered as going green. For example, it is not costly at all to have community events to pick up litter around the streets and forests. However, we must also consider the impact of the attempt to go green. If we were to consider the impact of the three r’s, compared to the impact of the installation of solar panels, the more expensive solution will always be the one with a more significant impact, as they tend to solve the long term problems.

Going green is the privilege of the rich. How true is this?

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