World Environment Day Tomorrow

 Green Economy: Does it Include you?

That’s this year’s theme for tomorrow’s World Environment Day (WED). Do you believe it includes you? Maybe if you’re 90 years young, the idea of Green might strike you as hippie talk. For the rest of us, thinking about a green economy is thinking about our future. Bouncing back from a global financial crisis is the future for the world’s economy. Why not make it Green? 

It would be great to join in on the Green discussion across the world. A Green economy includes all of us. We should show that talking sustainable and talking green is not just hippie talk.  We can raise awareness or join in on environmental cleanups. It doesn’t matter how you do it.. Just go out and be Green on WED!

World Environment Day: Are you in?

Today I wanted to tell everyone that World Environment Day is quickly approaching. On Jun 5 people from all over the world will be participating in World Environment Day. As the United Nations puts it:

World Environment Day is also a day for people from all walks of life
to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter
outlook for themselves and future generations

The whole world’s doing it and so should you. So what are you going to be doing on World Environment Day?

Get Ready for Rio+20

I am excited to join the discussion on sustainable, green, and clean energy at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (or simply Rio+20) starting this June 20.

For those of you who want to know what Rio+20 is, I’ll be giving you all a brief summary

Thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other stakeholders will be gathering at Rio de Janeiro to push for sustainable development across the world. They are addressing two themes at the conference

(a) a green economy in the context of sustainable development poverty eradication
and (b) the institutional framework for sustainable development

In other words, world members are getting together to make the world go green through sustainable development which, if all goes according to plan, will eradicate poverty and help developing nations dig out of that grave called poverty.

 Today I will be starting the 21 day countdown until we talk sustainable at Rio+20. I encourage all readers to take a moment and think about all the issues that the world needs to discuss in order to start this Green Clean Revolution

Here are critical issues that will be tackled at Rio+20

Jobs

Energy

Cities

Food

Clean Water

Ocean

Natural Disasters

A Green Memorial Day

Photo by Ed Burke

For us Americans, today is Memorial Day, a day we all take to celebrate those who put their lives on the line so our country can stand strong. Before all the BBQ’s start today, I would like to ask two things. First I would like to ask for a moment of silence for those who died for this land of the free and home of the brave…

Second I want to implore everyone to try something new: To celebrate a Green Memorial Day. Now most readers will probably look at that phrase, “Green Memorial Day” with an estranged gaze. The truth is that most everyone already celebrates a Green Memorial Day unconsciously. I am here to tell you to you how you can give it a conscious effort.

Hiking

If you don’t already, why not give hiking a chance. Take a walk through the wilderness, through a mountain pass, or at your local hiking trail. Any kind of exercise that will get you on your feet and moving is green and anything but harmful, right?

Running 

Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, ‘Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?

-Peter Maher

If mountains aren’t your forté, put on some running kicks and hit the road (or trail). Running is great exercise. Enjoy the breeze and the beautiful weather outside if you can. Running keeps you in shape and it doesn’t harm the environment (unless you’re wearing new futuristic shoes that emit some sort of carbon gas into the atmosphere).

Biking

Or maybe Running or Hiking isn’t really in your schedule. Put on a helmet and break out the bikes. For example did you know Americans use their bicycles for less than one percent of all urban trips while Europeans bike in cities a lot more often? There are 100 million bicycles manufactured world.  Bicycles are green too. They aren’t running out of stock anytime soon.

Go Shopping

United by Blue Fashion

Or go shopping for green outfits. Fortunately there are styles that vary from just green colored clothing. Go and discover different clothing lines that are eco-friendly like United by Blue or well known outfits from Levi Strauss

There are several ways you can celebrate your Memorial Day weekend. I know I’m going to celebrate it Green. How about you?