- If you’re white and you’re wrong, then you’re wrong; if you’re black and you’re wrong, you’re wrong. People are people. Black, blue, pink, green – God make no rules about color; only society make rules where my people suffer, and that why we must have redemption and redemption now. Bob Marley
- Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises. Pedro Calderon de la Barca
- The future is green energy, sustainability, renewable energy. Arnold Schwarzenegger
In my dreams and visions, I seemed to see a line, and on the other side of that line were green fields, and lovely flowers, and beautiful white ladies, who stretched out their arms to me over the line, but I couldn’t reach them no-how. I always fell before I got to the line. Harriet Tubman
- The future will either be green or not at all.
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In a nutshell: A way of trapping carbon with “green coal”.
2. Fertilising the ocean
In a nutshell: Dumping iron dust in the ocean to remove carbon.
3. Species relocation
In a nutshell: Giving under-threat species a second home.
4. Reinstate the drinking fountain
In a nutshell: The rebirth of bottle-free water.
5. The world community grid
In a nutshell: Your computer does ethical stuff in the background.
In a nutshell: Counting carbon emissions rather than calories.
In a nutshell: Don’t buy stuff – lease it.
8. Backyard sufficiency
In a nutshell: Treating your garden as a source of protein.
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Death isn’t the best thing for the environment. Cremation sends more than 6.8 million tons of carbon emissions into the atmosphere every year, caskets take a long time to biodegrade and burial leads to methane emission (the second most prevalent greenhouse gas).
But environmentally-friendly burial options are becoming more prevalent. Wicker and cardboard coffins can replace traditional wood, and dry ice is used rather than formaldehyde.
And green burial services are popping up around the globe to curb post-mortem emissions.
Lightbulbs have changed quite a bit lately. Compact fluorescent lamps were introduced as highly efficient alternatives to traditional bulbs before 100, 75, 60 and 40-watt incandescent lightbulbs are phased out of production by 2014.
The good news is that the bulb is so efficient that if every 60-watt incandescent in the country were replaced, $3.9 billion and 20 million metric tons of carbon emissions would be saved in one year.
The average American throws about 40 percent of their food away every year, and nearly 100 cities have launched composting programs to try and keep it out of landfills.
Curbside composting has spread across the country from uber-green San Francisco, which started their program 15 years ago and now collects more than 600 tons of compost daily.
Of the 250 million tons of trash created in the U.S. in 2010, 34 percent of it was diverted to composting or recycling programs, according to the EPA.
Single-use plastic bags have been outlawed in a few major cities across the country like Seattleand San Francisco, and others like Washington D.C. have instituted a per-bag tax. China imposed a nationwide ban in 2008.
But people should be wary and keep grocery bags clean – a 2012 study found a connection between reusable bags and a spike in E. coli infections.
Biking to work slashes overall carbon emissions when compared to driving or using public transportation, contrary to what state legislators may say. Turn that idea into a10,000-strong bike share program, and you can revolutionize the way a population thinks about going green.
Bike share programs have revolutionized transportation in some of the country’s largest cities, like Washington D.C., Minneapolis, Miami Beach and Boston.
For a daily or annual fee (usually around $7 or $75 respectively), users can check out a bike for about 30 minutes at a stand-alone kiosk, ride it around the city, and then check it in at any other kiosk in the system with no extra charge.
The idea has been popular overseas since 2007 and there are now massive programs in cities like Paris (16,000 bikes), London (8,000), and Hangzhou, China (65,000). New York launched it’s own 10,000-bike version, Citi Bike, earlier this year.
Many other cities (like Portland, Seattle, Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles) have programs in the works.
Electric cars are finally starting to gain some traction and become reasonably affordable. The Tesla Model S, subject to some recent bickering, has a range of about 275 miles on a single charge and a starting price tag around $50,000.
But the main concern is the youth of the industry. At home charging stations are recommended for most electric vehicles, but there isn’t a widespread public system that can rival gas stations, making long distance trips more difficult.