We live in a time of incredible possibility. While the world is realizing some of the challenges of relying on fossil fuels for our energy needs, this realization is also driving global innovation. Exploring creative solutions to dealing with our changing climate has become a major point of mobilization and community organizing. People are starting to come together to share ways to stand up for our planet and take a fresh look at our approaches to energy supplies.
Sunday, September 21, was a day for action: the “People’s Climate March” was held in cities across the globe, including New York, Vancouver and Montreal. These events provided opportunities to gather, express concerns over current challenges facing our environment, and speak about alternative ways to address our present and future energy needs.
At the Vancouver event, speakers invited the large, multigenerational audience to participate in practical, direct actions. Frustration over back-door decisions that affect our environment was tempered by practical suggestions such as choosing and supporting political candidates who share these concerns, or signing up to receive mailing lists that inform the community of local issues and events.
One sign read, “Clean Tech is the Future”, while another (pictured, R), read “Green Jobs and Renewable Energy are Our Future”, expressing the need for businesses to create innovative, green products that improve our lives while preserving the environment.
At the climate march, I was reminded that in addition to acting at the community level, we can also promote healthy living by taking small, direct actions that will impact our daily lives - on a personal and familial level.
By taking small steps, such as carpooling, taking transit or cycling to work, we can measurably reduce the use of fossil fuels in our daily lives.
Here are some specific examples of steps we can take to ensure that we are living well, living green and supporting ourselves and our planet:
Plant a vegetable garden. Whether you are gardening in your backyard, on your balcony, or in a community garden, having a garden is a very powerful thing. In addition to growing nutritious, local, fresh produce (not to mention reducing your grocery bill, the carbon footprint of your dinner and food waste!), gardening deepens our connection to the food we eat and how it is produced. Gardening can instill deep respect for each bite of food we take.
Drive less. Take advantage of your city’s bike lanes, public transit and ride-sharing co-ops to reduce your daily environmental footprint and improve the air quality where you live, work and play.
Make the most of sunny days. Solar chargers, such as these ones, make thoughtful gifts, and also reduce the amount of energy required to power up your smart phone.
Put your money where your mouth is. By investing in green technology and innovative products, rather than investing your hard-earned money in the “fossilized” fossil fuel industry, you will be contributing to the success of projects designed to reduce our dependence on non-renewable resources and promote healthy lifestyles.
At Clad, we are committed to being a part of the growing movement of innovative companies that are finding creative solutions to the environmental challenges our world faces today.
How are you part of the green shift? We invite you to comment below, and to share some of the ways that you, your family or your community are already demonstrating your commitment to protecting the water sources and air quality in your community.