The problem seems so big, and I am only one person
When an issue as broad as the environment is discussed it can be overwhelming to think about how many people need to get on the same page to make a difference. Before the towel is thrown in consider, sweeping changes are not the normal course of action in a capitalist economy like ours. Instead, strides are made when an idea gains favor in the eyes of the individuals across our nation. We know too that our nation is deeply influential to the world at large but it all starts in the living rooms and kitchens and garages and dorm rooms of the everyday American citizen! Ironically, not many issues rest so fully and tangibly with each and every American as the issue of the environment.
To further this point, let us consider two cases: The People’s Republic of China and Apple Computers. In the case of China, we are witnessing the same sort of industrial boom that Americans saw right here in the USA at the turn of the last century. The need to progress in industrial terms trumps the need to develop technology in environmental terms. While many products are developed, most in China are just beginning the ascent out of poverty so simple items are luxuries and only the bare essential industrial tools are affordable. Moreover, the ability to purchase new, environmentally responsible products is a very distant second to old, less responsible technology.
Regarding Apple Computers, let us consider the ability for the American consumer to power a product, even an entire niche industry, to dizzying heights in a few short years!
It turns out that the most pressing areas of opportunity are the things we do daily! While the greater goals for a green lifestyle are the environment overall, it starts with each of us to positively impact our immediate environment. Wherever we go: work, school, dorm room, Tonot take action is to allow our own families and homes to be at risk! But what are those risks, and more importantly, what are the costs of removing them?
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