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Sustainability, Growing Trend or Annoying Phase

by Brad Simpson (writer), Pittsburgh, PA, November 28, 2007

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Is this new Green campaign the solution to solve the growing concern of Global Warming, or is is just another issue to be tossed under the rug?

From a worldwide concert, to a motion picture, it seems that everywhere you look Al Gore is urging people to decrease their carbon footprint. With the coming elections it seems that Al Gore isn't the only one who is discussing this topic, but does it have the staying power to actually have an impact on our everyday lives?

From the hippies of the 60's, to the liberal college's of the 90's, to the youth of today, there is a growing concern about the stresses that our fossil fuel use is having on the environment. With the rise in the price of gasoline, the market for hybrid cars has taken the country by surprise. What was once thought of as a gimmick, is slowly being accepted as normal.

The fact that people are starting to drive hybrids does not necessarily mean that people are putting the environment first. Being "Green" is an expensive and sometimes inconvenient title to have. So what is the solution to making sustainability more than just a hot button topic to those that don't really care. Some people are finding that the solution is to affect them in areas where they do care...their wallet.

While the rise in gasoline has made the change to hybrid cars an appealing one, it still is in the hands of the consumer to decide whether or not they want to make the change. One solution to the growing concern with the abundance of plastic bags is to ban them in certain cities. This will force consumers to buy reusable bags or shop at a different store. While some people might find this to be a bit dramatic, Ireland has gone even further. In 2003 they introduced a fee of approximately 29 cents for each plastic bag that a shopper uses. Shoppers who do not want to fork out the extra money stop using the bags. This reduced Ireland's bag consumption by 90 percent. This may be the type of action that is needed for the United States to put their best green foot forward.

While all the buzz surrounding sustainability is likely to only grow, their is no magic bullet that will suddenly make our emissions problems go away. The only way that there will be a paradigm shift is if these green issues affect people on a personal and financial level. As the elections draw closer, sustainability is only going to become more prevalent. The $100,000 questions is, what happens after the election?


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Brad Simpson is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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1 comments on Sustainability, Growing Trend or Annoying Phase

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By Cindy on December 01, 2007 at 03:13 pm
good article
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