Earth Day Reflections: Are We Green Yet?

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Earth Day Reflections: Are We Green Yet?

Earth Day is an annual celebration of the environmental movement—an earnest reminder to take stock of our progress, celebrate our successes, and lament our losses.
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Green Builder Media CEO, Sara Gutterman

Green Builder Media

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 6:00am

CAMPAIGN: Ethical and Sustainable Living

CONTENT: Blog

Many people take time on birthdays and holidays to reflect on the year gone by.  As a dedicated environmentalist, Earth Day is a benchmark for me—a moment in time to pause and think critically about the headway we’ve made and setbacks we’ve experienced in our quest for sustainability. 

As I cogitate this week, I have to admit that I feel a bit torn.  On one hand, our world is a mess.  Polar ice caps are melting, oceans are rising, storms are raging, corals and forests are dying, species are vanishing, and our precious natural resources are dwindling.  2016 has been the hottest year to date since we started tracking temperatures (in the 1800’s.)  38% of the U.S. Congress still outright denies that climate change is occurring.  More than half of the U.S. population lives in areas with hazardous levels of air pollution.  And a generation of children in Flint have been poisoned by toxic water in their homes. 

On the other hand, there has never before been so much global consensus and tangible progress towards climate action.  196 countries have committed to an historic agreement that will, for the first time ever, set the world on a path towards a low-carbon, resilient future. 

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CAMPAIGN: Ethical and Sustainable Living

CONTENT: Blog

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