The Positive Side of the Green Life: What Have Environmental Activists Done Well?

On a more uplifting note than the one of balance-teetering dismay I struck the other day with a post – CNN’s Glenn Beck and Other Doubters Need More Faith – here’s why I think the green side of mankind may be moving in a good direction.

It cheers me to realize that “green” is a common term these days. Sure, it is arguably over- and mis-used as it’s become a buzz word for marketers. But we’ll get past that, around it, through it…whatever.

Walking on the bright side of life for a bit, I think the fact that environmentalism, global warming, recycling, alternative energies and so on are in the broader public discussion at all shows that the long-timers who’ve been making this argument for decades have gained some ground for us all.

For instance, I might point to Al Gore as someone who’s recent successes with, of all things, a slideshow presentation — An Inconvenient Truth — blew the lid off this thing. He received the Nobel Prize? He received an Academy Award?

How huge is all of that? Sitting back in the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s, or even in 2000, who would have guessed the call for pro-Earth action would have gotten such a hefty foot in the door – and with a globally viewed slideshow presentation?

But, I admit, I am surely overlooking some very important steps in the progress of the green movement. After all, I can only read and learn so many things on any given day.

As people say, you’ve got to know your history to figure out your future. Part of the problem for me was that at no level in my education were these subjects offered to me. So I continue with the self-education – like now, with the help of all of you.

So, by all means, chime in with your knowledge. Not only will it be enlightening to me – and I hope many, many others – it will likely lead to future blog post ideas, snowballing into future edification.

Everyone is welcome to join me here by kicking in comments to help us all think of a list of positives that have taken place over the years.

Let’s pool our historic senses of where we’ve been, where we are and where we’re headed.

Related posts:

The Upside to Natural Disasters
The Sensibility of Sabbaths for Sustainable Living

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Written by adamwilliams

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