The current Green Movement has been making waves across California, and all over the world. More and more of what was once a niche market of entrepreneurs is suddenly becoming something the mainstream media and business world is becoming a part of. While there are many cynics out there who believe that pro-environment means less freedom for the market, I think that many are realizing pro-environment helps small and big businesses sustain themselves and saves them costs in the long run.
The current oil crisis has made many of us realize that our dependence on fossil fuels must give way to renewables–or we will not only wipe out the world’s ecosystems but deprive our future generations from enjoying beautiful wetlands and access to fresh water. Out of this crisis people can do some good for each other by lessening their dependence on fossil fuels. By carpooling, taking public transportation, and investing in smartstrips for the home and office, we can help our environment and save more money in the long run! (See www.vampirepowersucks.com to see how to stop energy vampires from sucking the money out of your wallet!) When there are so many struggling to make ends meet–conserving money while helping the environment doesn’t sound like a bad idea.
Investing in the environment in order to stimulate job growth isn’t such a bad idea to look into either. According to an article posted by CleanTechnica.com, steel workers are now finding themselves in green jobs. This is due to a new wind farm in Missouri. The wind farm has turbines that sit on land leased on existing farms that continue to operate. So instead of destroying the local ecology, like a big dam can do, the wind-farm is able to operate on a farm without much or any ecological devestation to the community. The article also states that the wind farm pays taxes, supports schools, roads, and creates new green jobs. (www.CleanTechnica.com)
Many of us have heard a lot about stimulus packages in the news–but have we seen them put into place to create new jobs, especially green jobs? Well one county in California is doing just that. According to an article in the Mercury News, San Mateo County’s Human Services agency was awarded almost 3 million by the United States Department for a project that prepares unemployed workers, particularly veterans, for environmental careers. Representative Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, stated, “The funding is great news for San Mateo County because trained job seekers will be matched with employers..By helping workers enter the fast-growing, critically important energy sector, the (retrofit-training) project will help create lasting employment and reduce our energy footprint.” (www.mercurynews.com)
So why have a negative attitude about the future when you can be part of the solution, instead of the problem? While it’s great to be cynical once in awhile, we can all do our part to start conserving energy today and be part of the solution to the energy crisis. This means advocating for cleaner energy and making steps to conserve energy, like cutting down your use of plastics and turning off the light when you leave the room. The Green Movement is everywhere you go and small steps begin to lead to bigger steps. The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step–so take one small step at a time.