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点废成绿 Greening the Beige (GtB) is an eco-minded arts collective and not-for-profit community network dedicated to nurturing awareness of environmental issues. 点废成绿 GtB promotes and celebrates earth friendly artists and organizations in Beijing.

GREEN QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Why are we being forced to choose between the economy and the environment? We tend to forget that without an environment we would not have an economy, as everything we consume and I mean everything comes from our environment."

~ Franke James (contemporary artist, photographer, writer)

How the 21st Century Will Go Green

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Recently, I received the honor of being selected as a finalist for the UNEP & Treehugger.com blog competition for World Environment Day 2012. Now, to win the prize position, I'm required to post 2 more blogs assigned by the competition hosts.

Once these final blog entries are posted, an open vote will be held through April 30 to decide the single, winning finalist. That means the cyber public will determine who the winner will be, and send her/him to Rio de Janeiro, June 3-6, to cover the World Environment Day celebration and report on the events and activities, live and first-hand!

Pretty awesome, right?

So, I really hope you'll enjoy this next blog story, take it to heart, and click on the "VOTE NOW" button at the very end on the UNEP website (here). Thanks so much!!!

How the 21st Century Will Go Green
By Carissa Welton, Greening the Beige, Beijing – USA

The momentum of the “Green Movement” that’s been building around the world over the last 40 years has touched every aspect of life; it’s influenced academic, political, social, cultural, economic and commercial decisions. Today, more than ever before, people everywhere are “thinking local and acting global”.

It’s been estimated that there are more than one million organizations around the world that are devoted to peace, environmental stewardship, social justice, and the preservation of diverse and indigenous culture, and growing. The fundamental focus on environmentalism and social justice of the Green Movement promises a sustainable future – a prize that would benefit every living being on the planet.

Yet, as highly desirable as this ultimate goal is, we remain perilously close to the other end of the global sustainability spectrum. With a population of 7 billion people, climate change on the rise, and the alarming rate of biodiversity decline, “going green” has become an essential approach to life in the 21st century. In order for us to truly live in a sustainable world and prevent further irreversible damage to precious ecosystems, we must shift into high green gear.

But first and foremost, we need to slow down and hold our horses.

The twentieth century was overloaded with war, technological development and industrial advancement, and yielded little reverence to nature’s cost along the way. Why should anyone have worried about what was happening on Earth when mankind would walk on the moon and colonize space?? Plus, we have always known Mother Nature to be abundant and giving. Yet we know today that the planet’s resources can be exhausted. Regardless of “the hanging verdict” on whether or not human activity contributes to climate change, not a single scientist can deny the fact the polar ice caps are indeed melting.

So, while it’s imperative to continue on fast forward with exciting projects like The Regeneration Project, we should also stop and think more than twice about any other advancement (technological, commercial, political, social or cultural) that could pose a negative impact on the planet. More thought should be focused on how to do more with less.

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