Sustainable Ideas: Create a Grassroots Sustainability News Organization

Note: This idea is based off of the thought behind this post here

What one individual does in the name of sustainability will not likely affect anyone outside their social circle. What happens in a community, however, can become the subject of a news story and influence & inspire people around the nation or even the world. Communities everywhere are making transformations towards a sustainable future, but these stories, however, instructive, rarely make it into a news headline.

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Sustainability and Community: What Can One Person Really Do?

What can one person really do? 

For many people, it seems like there is almost nothing that one person can do, apart from participating in a movement to change the government. What impact does recycling some cans and using less water really have? In the face of such a daunting global problem, it can seem like trying to influence the government to make new legislation is the only thing that one person can do. Continue reading “Sustainability and Community: What Can One Person Really Do?”

Educating the next generation on sustainability is the key

Many of the people who deny climate change and think that sustainability is just a bunch of tree-hugging hippie mumbo-jumbo are old geezers who are going to be in nursing homes or dead before too long. The next generation are the ones who are going to be in office, making the most purchases, and starting new companies.

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The Market is a Double-Edged Sword: Sustainability and Business

I see many people talking about how we have to count on the market to save us. I also see many people talking about how the market is failed, how capitalism has failed and we cannot look to it to bring about sustainable solutions. Some go further and say that we need the government to step in and force businesses in line. There is an irony in that last part which I will address. 

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Financial giants can have a pivotal role for climate stability


Banks, pension funds and other institutional investors have a key role to play in efforts to avoid dangerous climate change. A limited number of these investors have considerable influence over the Amazon rainforest and boreal forests that are known ‘tipping elements’ in the climate system. Protecting these ‘tipping elements’ should be a priority for investors to help reduce both climate change and systemic financial risks created by it.

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More bioplastics do not necessarily contribute to climate change mitigation.

Bioplastics are often promoted as an environmentally and climate-friendly alternative to conventional petroleum-based plastics. However, a recent study suggests that shifting to plant-based plastics could have less positive effects than expected. Specifically, an increased consumption of bioplastics in the following years is likely to generate increased greenhouse gas emissions from cropland expansion on a global scale.

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Electric Cars Result in Pollution? No Kidding.

https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-10-21-electric-cars-sustainability-clean-energy-myth.html

“What powers an electric car? Well, you might think batteries. Okay. But let’s take it one step further here. What powers the batteries? Where does that electricity come from? Predominantly it comes from coal-fired power plants, which are located outside the cities. And those coal plants, of course, emit some amount of mercury and heavy metals, and they emit carbon dioxide, of course, and particulate pollutants, which then settle on farm lands and forests and rural areas.”

In another article from one of the armpits of the internet (Natural News), Adams makes this point as though he is revealing a dirty secret of the industry.
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