It’s Easy to be Green
By admin April 22, 2015

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Today marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, organized by the Earth Day Network to “inform and energize populations so they will act to secure a healthy future for themselves and their children”. This day is celebrated in cities across the globe with tree plantings, green celebrations, preservation meetings and environmental campaigns. Many media outlets are using today to show how many companies, organizations and institutions are making strides to make being “green” easier for everyone.

The UN has recognized 2015 as the year in which “economic growth and sustainability join hands.” This shows that the UN is serious about taking steps towards a new treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol. For many developing countries being “green” challenges economic development and industrialization, challenges that developed countries did not face. Twenty years after the Kyoto Protocol the international community feels that it is time to create a new treaty that will meet the growing demands of climate change.

Forbes magazine released an article today titled “On This Earth Day, “It’s Actually Easier to be Green.” The article discusses how being green has become an everyday event in many of our lives. Residential buildings and companies that require trash separation, make recycling easier and less like a chore. Bringing your own reusable bag shopping has become a trend and is greatly decreasing the amount of plastic and paper bags consumers use. Universities have also joined in the “green revolution” making campuses more walkable and creating bike sharing programs.

The auto industry is even seeing changes in the way consumers are finding ways to get around. Companies like Car2Go and ZipCar make it easy for non-car owners to get around cities. These companies include gas, insurance and parking in a flat rate with no monthly fee. People can also use green-friendly apps like Uber and Lyft to get around decreasing the amount of drivers on the road and the amount of gas being used. These different options challenge the automotive industries growth but do provide new environmentally friendly options to commuters. With new initiatives like this popping up all over the US and around the world it will be interesting to see what else 2015 will bring to the “green revolution.”

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