For the final ecofact of the first decade of this millenium it is time for a bit of Christmas optimism. For there is reason for it to exist, even sitting amidst the mess we’ve made here on earth. Cleaning it up may well be possible. One great area of human invention, communication and information technology, has been steadily working against the ignorance and inaction that brought us to this point.
Here are just a few of the many activities that are on the increase at this time, giving us hope.
Small farms, organic farms, backyard gardens, farmers markets (in the U.S., 13% more than 2008.)
Trash diverted from the landfill/recycled, (the beverage container recycling rate in California was 85% in the first half of 2008.)
MPG ratings on new cars, use of public transportation (in the U.S.,increased 38% from 1995 to 2008.)
Household products that are healthy rather than dangerous (sales of baking soda are on the upswing, and clearly the ecofriendly products market is too.)
In developing countries, innovations for improving lives such as microfinancing and fair trade products and their sales in richer countries (Scotland is hoping to become a “fair trade nation” by 2012!)
Global awareness of environmental problems, the foundation that precedes action.
And more at http://www.grist.org/article/2009-12-21-the-top-green-stories-of-the-00s/P1
Many, many thanks for giving me the incredible opportunity to work on ecofacts and merry green christmas time to all!
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Barbara Hirsch, recording engineer, eco-person
“Unless someone like you cares a whole lot,
nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
– The Lorax, Children’s book by Dr. Seuss