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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Our role in the green movement

As we have witnessed through the media, our social focus has changed not only to how we will live our lives comfortably in relation to our neighbors or in regards to our financial gain, but how we will continue to survive as a species in the years to come. All of the so called "facts" and "theories" about global warming and how it will affect our lives has given me enough incentive to act, but unfortunately not everyone feels as strongly.

As a designer/photographer for my school magazine, I have developed rather compelling images of our environmental green movement for publication in the pursuit of swaying students to change their lifestyles, however the change has not become a reality. It frightens me how there is so much complacency not only from our own demographic, but also from a large portion of citizens in the United States. Blame it on our current political administration or the oil companies, but there is a lot of denial about what is happening right under our noses. Our world is rapidly changing and what we consider normal has the potential to shift drastically from annual crop growths to climate factors.

So what are we going to do about it? Who is going to pick up the tab? It's easy to think and talk about how we can choose to become green, but until a committed initiative takes place for the betterment of our current situation, our thoughts and speeches will remain futile.

And how will we go about these changes with our busy college lifestyles, trivial concerns and lack of substantial finances to invest in the green enterprises? Personally, I don't drive a hybrid or buy organic clothing; it's out of my financial league. However I have decided to ride my bike when I can and only use energy when necessary. It is my belief that the healthier and more educated we are, the easier it will be to adapt to the changes we face.

Growing up, I learned about social movements and economic crises' in the past, but I could not have forecasted that ours would allow for such a huge participation from every race, gender, nationality, and age group to work together for one common goal: to clean up and fix the mess we imposed on the earth. What better time to gather strength, belief, and fidelity in the greater good and in one another? I have opened my mind to all that is before me, and have chosen to rise to the challenge with compassion and endurance. I can only hope that all will follow so that we can see the greener side that we all have been waiting for.

Take Care.


Here are some links from the CGIU conference

http://video.on.nytimes.com/?fr_story=46dd3d6fde496927d1d80e1120a79631b58bde60

http://www.clintonglobalinitiative.org/NETCOMMUNITY/Document.Doc?id=163

http://www.sciam.com/carbon/0906050.pdf

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1604908,00.html

http://seastudios.org/ahead.php

3 comments:

Narth Mallus the Reginald said...

HHMM

THE COMPLACENCY

As I like to refer to it is such an interesting element of our world as human beings, Chris. Is it that as a collective whole we're capable, and as individuals we become lazy cells of the movement that is mankind? I don't know. But why is it that no one wants to take up the causes that are killing us? How can you die submissively, on your knees, in front of your television, like a brainwashed overly self indulgent bi product waste....whew excuse me lol.

Do you have the sites that were given out at the CGI U energy and climate health workshops? Because I would like to post the links through out the site and your post!!!!


But you're right...who's going to pick up our tab? How can we cure aids if there is no planet? Not to knock any other cause. All causes to help those who are truly in need I deem to be worthy, all causes are valuable. However as fast as our world has progressed is it any wonder that one day a generation would honestly be faced with the end of the world? We make films/movies about it all the time! Who's to say which generation? Feeling lucky?

anu said...

...yeah. I kind of want to see those links from CGI too! And...I have to say, I'm one of those people who could most definitely change.

To be honest, it's always like..oh it's only this ONE time that I'll leave the lights on or not recycle or whatever- you know? And after some time the one times turn to routine. Like- I remember I made a commitment in India (they were doing an energy rally) to only charge my cell phone when it was dying. And I tried it back here, but my cell phone died during the day! So now, I just keep my cell phone on all night- charging it.

Stuff like that. And my laptop- I never take the time to turn it off.

But I think I need to change. Thanks man. Every time I hear one of those messages, I'm reminded of the fact that each time matters. So props to you for spreading the word. It's important and I'm going to try. You're stuff doesn't go unheard- even if it may seem like it does.

The First Negus of Kin said...

I would like to entertain the idea of our country going green. Reclamation of deforested areas, the halt of toxic dumping in common sources of water, and the immediate clean up of all superfund sites. However it would take a global initiative to do so. Our culture does not think in the long term when it comes to the environment, people continue to believe in the clean fields they used play in when growing up, white mountain slopes, or long stretches of shoreline from their childhoods. The truth is that although the facts are clearly laid out on what is causing the slow death of our environment, the majority of Americans are not ready to give up the luxurious lifestyle that we live.

Our government would immediately need to subsidize a good portion of industry that requires the use of fossil fuels for transportation while they would been in a transition period of switching over to environmentally friendly means. That would be an increase in taxes, and a loss of industry for American motor companies unless they decide to lead the front with producing these green replacements. The alternative of public transportation by the means of railways would be a great alternative to fossil fuels, but the market for that would need to be pushed out from underneath the foot of the automobile industry. Legislation that has been in a rough process would need to be passed to find alternative dumping sites like that of Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The EPA has set regulations on the environment, the largest being for examples, the Clean Air Act of the 1970's and its 2004-05 amendments, however it is impossible to enforce these laws and regulations on companies that cannot afford the changes or deceive the Government through smoke and mirror techniques.

Americans never like giving up their rights, and I say this in context to the right to have a car, or do whatever so I feel like without regard to anyone else or my surroundings. I'm not saying that I am against the idea of the green movement, but it does not seem economically plausible while other developing countries like China and India would continue to produce without governmental regulation.

Living green? A great idea. In practical application, not so easy.