Much has happened in the week leading up to this post, and 3 out of 4 of these events show where we are as a society in 2013- which further explains where we are in policy towards protecting the intrinsic… life, all life. Protecting our living planet does just that. This blog is going to have a moment of reflection, and then move into a glimpse of a sustainable future with education, behavior change, and activating as a consumer.
I’d like to make mention, out of respect, the events and those we lost that saddened our world last week. The four lost and all injured in the Boston Marathon Bombing, the ammonium nitrate explosion in Texas, the shooting at the 4/20 event in Denver (none killed), and the avalanche taking 5 expert level back country riders in Colorado on 4/20- one of six survived … RIP and those recovering God speed.
On this day, it is apparent the work ahead being better to each other and respecting our Mother Earth. She will win, we will not, ask the the 5 experts who got caught in that slide Saturday. Environmentalists are quite misunderstood, much of this is due to the emotional displays from extremists that do more damage than good to most causes, ie. Vail Expansion Protest fires. However, the mindset of environmental issues being ” ‘their’ problem, not mine” or the whole NIMBY (“not in my back yard”) thinking must fade… the issues we are facing are ALL of our problem, and it can’t be mitigated without ALL of our actions moving toward sustainability.
Environmentalists understand interconnection, and selfishly find it frightening when the day of “not enough” is around the corner due to mismanagement, greed, arrogance, and ignorance. The sleep walk is over, time to end the denial and get to the task at hand. There are some technologies not talked about enough and give us a bright future. Like natural carbon sequestration, biofuels from cultured algae and hemp seed oil in addition to food industry waste oil as a means to offset carbon in the air. Also green building to lessen our strain on the grid through efficiencies in design. The integration of such technologies are some of the solutions for our current unsustainable infrastructure .
Some coverage was given to “being green” today for Earth Day on the news: living walls, “green products”. As a consumer,brand loyalty to the pioneers living it is crucial to a growing movement. It was nice to hear the exposure, and see commercials promoting changes in consumer mindset to our benefit- like the Glad “one bag” campaign. Just have to wonder what took so long to get on board, and why is it only on Earth Day it gets aired? One thing is undeniable, the synergy and intrinsic pay offs for sustainable choices and practices like consuming only what you need, captured or cultured over mining, drilling, and hydraulic fracturing as a means to obtain resources are beyond measure.
The long term monetary savings are only one benefit…
If you would like to further explore causes to get involved with here are some highly recommended organizations to get behind and get things done: Earth Justice, Natural Resource Defense Council, NRDC Biogems, Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund, Nature Conservancy, Ocean Conservancy, Oceana, Sea Shepherd, 350.org