3 Things Every Environmentalist Can Be Thankful For

There’s no denying that the fate of the our species and the planet we inhabit is unsure at best. While scientists and politicians continue the debate about whether or not we are in serious trouble or VERY serious trouble, the clock keeps ticking, and we have less and less time to come up with a solution.

Although at some points the outlook looks dire, 2009 has been a year of many changes, and there are several things that we can, and should, be thankful for.

1. Farmers’ Markets Are On The Rise

Many organizations have been working hard to raise awareness about the way food is produced. And slowly but surely, more people are realizing the negative environmental impact brought about by industrial farms, pesticides, and the carbon emissions associated with the distance that most food travels before it reaches our plates. Government reports show that “farming sector trends have favored the development of local farmers markets in every state to meet a growing demand for local farm produce.” Small family farms have resisted the pressure to consolidate into large factory farms, and now people can go online to find farmers’ markets and CSAs that supply local, organic, foods in their area.

2. Mountain Top Removal Mining Is Now A National Issue

The nation’s slow relization that coal is a inefficient, costly, dangerous form of fuel has created national awareness about a horrible form of environmental destruction, mountain top removal mining. At least in word, and in small forms of action, the Obama administration has admitted that this practice is devastating parts of the Appalachain Mountain Range, and the people that live in its communities. Although King Coal is still struggling against the change, protests have sprung up all around the country, and the EPA has pledged to slow the process of granting new mining licenses in order to take a closer look at the complications caused by this dying industry.

3. The U.S. Will Attend Copenhagen Climate Change Conference

Despite the hard work of big industry lobbyists and persistence of climate change deniers, leaders of many of the world’s largest and most powerful countries will meet in Copenhagen next month to discuss what needs to be done to curb the effects of our population boom on this planet. After months of speculation, President Obama announced on Wednesday that he would indeed be present to represent the United States at the conference.

Bloomberg.com reported that Obama, who campaigned on a pledge to tackle climate change aggressively, has been under pressure to attend the meeting amid criticism that the U.S., the biggest greenhouse-gas producer on a per-capita basis, is thwarting progress because of a lack of new national laws to limit heat-trapping pollution and create an emissions-trading market.

It would be unwise to assume that Copenhagen will solve all of the world’s environmental problems, or even begin to address them. But this conference legitimizes the issue for millions of people all over the world, and, hopefully, is the first major step toward joining together in international cooperation to correct the mistakes we’ve made in the past.

And that is something that we can all truly be thankful for.

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gerlinde p.
gerlinde p7 years ago

it always amazes me how many people are still ignorant of the facts.in our neighbourhood we have recycling bins within 3 minutes of walking.do the people use them,- not a lot. i get so mad when i see all recyclable things in the daily rubbish.

Mervi R.
Mervi R7 years ago

Good post!

Past Member
Past Member 7 years ago

There really are great changes happening. We just need to see the difference we have made so far to know that we really can turn our global situation around. Humanity has an awesome amount of power.

Myra Gold
Jen Kae7 years ago

The world will not last forever, for our kids and theirs, if we do not safeguard it with all our positive energy.

Jenifer Dale
Jenifer Dale7 years ago

good article thanks for posting it!

Lynn Miller
Lynn M7 years ago

It's amazing to me that some people don't believe in global warming. A lot of folks think it's up to the other person to make a difference. When you suggest ways that others can make a difference, they kind of blow it off as ' let someone else do it.' It's each and every persons responsibility to jump in there and help- it always starts with one...

Amy H.
Amy H7 years ago

I agree that there needs to be more education in regard to environmental issues. But how to you fight the sceptics and those who try to create opposition? I think that is a major concern as well. It's sad that it has to be such a hard fight just to save our precious environment that everyone should be appreciating and fighting for.

Samantha M.
Sam M7 years ago

Nice to hear some good news for a change.

I truly despair when I read so much depressing news these days, there is so much that needs to be changed to save humanity, as let's not forget the Earth will be just fine once we're all gone. It's humans that are going to have to be displaced due to climate change, it's humans that are going to suffer when we've killed everything due to over-fishing or pollution, it's really all about us.

The fact remains though, that the average person on the street needs educating more in order to change things for the future and that's what we need to campaign for, better education for everyone and mandatory changes.

We ALL need to pull our heads out of the sand, stop all of this consuming, think about each other as a global community and all take responsibility for the future of this Earth.

Erika L.
Erika L7 years ago

We just watched the PBS Ken Burns documentary on the National Parks. I'm thankful for the preservation of wilderness areas and those who have fought hard through the decades and continue to stand firm. It is a hard fight now, but was even harder in the past!