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Greening at the Local Level

We know for sure that humanity has a devastating impact on all life. Science is proving over and over how much our lifestyle/consumer choices collectively affect the planet at large. With so many countries contributing to environmental pollution, different sources of pollution and differing pollutants, the issue is a complex global one. So how are we to solve such a big issue? We have to think about it on a local scale.

I attended a City Ecological Footprint Webinar hosted by Global Footprint Network and it got me thinking about how we can be more aware of our personal daily impacts. Here are some things to first learn and consider:

  1. The earth’s biocapacity is the amount of living things it can support with current sustainability practices (agriculture, fishing, greenhouse gas emissions) and its ability to replenish itself

  2. The U.S. government always wants to to increase its gross domestic product (GDP) which is literally increasing the United States’ citizen buying power or our consumption

  3. With an ever increasing demand for GDP growth, there is an equal increased demand for resources within the environment to create products but growth does not equal sustainability

  4. Earth is already in overshoot meaning it’s beyond its biocapacity; it physically cannot sustain the current the lifestyles that developed countries have and developing countries are lacking

  5. The problem with finding an immediate solution is that national governments and international governing bodies alike work too slowly

With that being said, it’s clear why the answer lies at the local level. Change is happening quicker and more readily at the bottom. Corporations have more to lose when making green decisions. The solution is really within the changes that ordinary people can make in their everyday lives. Here are some changes you can make to be more green:

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If you’re interested in finding out more about your personal affect on the environment, you can use this Ecological Footprint Calculator from Global Footprint Network. It asks questions about your everyday life and shows which areas are causing the most damage to the earth. I hope you’ve gained something today. 🌱

Stay green, bloomers.

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Starting An Environmental Conversation

Over the last few months, it has become increasingly important to begin an environmental conversation. I always touch on this because the environment is a topic that a lot of people don’t realize is a priority. With politics finally shedding some light on how important it is, from local communities to internationally, I find myself wanting to educate people on the basics of why the environment deserves our attention.

We are witnessing environmental issues within our lives that’s a direct result of the industrial impact on earth.

We are further compromising the state of our environment by making long-term decisions for short-term profit.

How & what we’re doing to confront & deal with issues depends on the issue itself — meaning there will never one fits all kind of solution.

Our success in creating current sustainability may be able to promise future sustainability. 

The most important thing to remember is that environmental problems are multi-faceted issues. There are so many different aspects to consider and majority of them are ever-changing in nature. So solutions & predictions are harder to determine since there are many moving parts.

To start an environmental conversation, we really need to begin to build our understanding of what the environment does for us. That foundational insight can help us realize the powerful relationship between earth and man. We need to learn more about our surroundings, how much it immediately gives to us, and how our behaviors today affect what it will give us in the future. From romantic relationships to friendships and family bonds, all relationships require a specialized attention to the beloved.

So why not the relationship we have with our only home? 💭

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People’s Climate March on 4.29.17

Here we are again marching for a major scientific cause. The People’s Climate Movement is much more controversial but nonetheless critical to the world and it’s habitable nature. It’s taking place this Saturday, April 29th which also marks the 100th day of Trump’s administration being in office. It’s at the same location as last week’s March for Science at the National Mall of Washington D.C.

This march is to continue reminding our world leaders that the future is in our hands. To let them know we will persist in spreading awareness among ourselves and doing what we can as a “superior” race. Climate control is a matter of managing existing pollution and the rate at which we’re extorting our natural environments to produce pollution.

Nature is not any single place, it is the entire earth. It is our only place and only home. It’s a duty for us to respect the foundations of life and human existence. And it’s the only way our species will be able to carry on sustainably for generations to come.

To find local events click here to be directed to their Sister Marches page or click here to download posters/flyers to support the cause.

If you are like me, in the New York City area,
there are local events happening so you too can get involved:

March-Against-Trump (the MAT)
April 29, 2017 @ 12:30pm
Columbus Circle
10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY

People’s Climate March: NYCHA Takes Action!
April 29, 2017 @ 10:00am
NYCHA Woodside, HANAC Astoria, NYCHA Ravenswood and Jacob Riis Settlement Center in Queensbridge
50-19 Broadway, Woodside, NY 11377
Queens, NY

Leonia People’s Climate March
April 29, 2017 @ 9:30am
Leonia Middle School
500 Broad Ave
Leonia, NJ

Climate Rally Bergen and Beyond
April 29, 2017 @ 10:00am
Bergen County Courthouse
10 Main St
Hackensack, NJ

For marchers in Washington D.C. below is a map of the march route as well as transit, food, and restroom locations. You can also visit their site at PeoplesClimate.org for all information not mentioned here.

Safety always first. Stay humble. Happy marching!