Your New Year Celebration: Going Green Positive Effects
This New Year’s Eve there will be more cause to celebrate as the positive effects of going green are coming to light. Below is a small example of how your efforts along with tireless educators and policy makers have not been in vain.
Yes, there was another global warming summit with all the big heads blowing their hot air for a valiant, yet sluggish, attempt at carbon reduction. Corporations too are dragging their feet into the inevitability of green leaning.
However, it’s the people like you that are doing something about it in real time with your only agenda being a cleaner planet.
This winter warm yourself up with the fruits of your efforts which are reaping some interesting results.
Big Corp Steps Up
By purchasing more green products you have sent a message to Big Corp America and beyond.
Huffington Post (11/19/12) reported that,
- 68 percent of respondents say their organizations increased their commitment to sustainability in the past year. That's a dramatic increase from 2009, when only 25 percent of respondents said that. (Brokaw, 2011).
- 67 percent say that sustainability strategies are necessary to be competitive. That's a 12 percentage point increase from last year. (Brokaw, 2011)
- Sustainability is increasingly important to top management, survey respondents say: 28 percent percent believe it's a permanent and core strategic consideration and 42 percent say that although it's not a core consideration, it is nonetheless on the agenda to stay. (Brokaw, 2011).
Your World is Slowly Improving
Although global warming has recently been recognized as more accelerated than originally thought there are some positive effects on the horizon.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),
“air quality in the United States is steadily improving” (Livestrong 6/15)
The NWI Times reports that,
“The 2012 Quality of Life Indicators Report... showed environmental indicators remained steady from 2000 to 2010. Air quality and environmental remediation improved while solid waste disposal, land restoration and water quality remained steady.”
Over the Pond
It looks like our neighbors in Europe are also benefitting from taking the going green movement and actually moving it along.
The Delegation of the European Union to the United States reports on the green economy, especially during years of financial crisis.
“...between 2000 and 2011, green industries grew by more than 50 percent in the EU, making them one of the few sectors to have consistently flourished despite the crisis.”
This is especially encouraging because when financial times are tough, people tend to look for the easy, inexpensive choices. Keeping on the green purchasing track during this time shows that the mindset is not letting up.
The Future Forecast
Jesse H. Ausubel Director, Program for the Human Environment The Rockefeller University recently presented a research paper titled, ‘Nature Rebounds’. It describes the many advances society has made in farming, foresting, ocean cleanup and overall global greening.
Here is an excerpt of the paper’s conclusion,
“...humanity is moving toward landless agriculture, progressively using less land for food, and that we should aim to release for nature an area the size of India by 2050. Overall I think the next decades present an enormous opportunity for what Stewart Brand and Ryan Phelan call Revive and Restore...Whether into the woods or sea, the way is clear, the light is good, the time is now. A large, prosperous, innovative humanity, producing and consuming wisely, might share the planet with many more companions, as nature rebounds.”
Reduce, reuse, and recycle your way into the new year and keep passing the word because the word is getting out.