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On this page are links to resources concerned with helping to protect the environment in the modern world. As individuals there are many things we can do to reduce our own carbon footprint. The approach of waiting for governments and industry to put in place the large scale solutions to global warming is not the answer. Industries are driven primarily by economic growth and profit, whilst governments are populist and uncommitted. The strategies needed to combat climate change are not currently aligned with those for maximum economic growth. For example look at the airline and travel industry. It would be straightforward to increase the price of flights to around double what they are, which would substantially reduce the number of planes in the sky. They won't do this though, as it would compromise the travel industry and our perceived quality of life. Likewise introducing higher taxes on other fossil fuel based and polluting industries would quickly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Its not happening though due to the economic implications and fixed perceptions of the people in charge.greenhouse gases emissions climate change battery recycle recycling

If world leaders really cared about the environment, then changes to aggressively cut CO2 emissions would have already been put in place twenty years ago when the science of greenhouses gases and global warming was well known. Instead governments react to the problems after they happens, or when populist opinion changes so that green policies serve their own interests. Because of this its unlike they will put in place large scale solutions quickly enough to solve the environmental crisis.recycle recycling bin waste disposal bin near me

In my opinion the environment is bigger and more important than human economics and materialistic desires. Our place in the world should be to coexist with nature, and not to dominate it and control it to the extent that natural habitats and ecosystems are damaged and lost forever. Young people nowadays are worried about what will happen in our lifetimes, and even what will come to pass in the next ten years.carbon footprint phone air travel flights sustainability global warming

As consumers we have the power to take direct action to reduce our carbon footprint, as well as other sources of pollution such as inappropriate disposal of plastic into the oceans. By controlling the choices of what you buy, the services you use and other aspects of your behavior you can eliminate yourself as a cause of damage.  If everyone in developed countries took this approach, together we could stop the climate crisis in its tracks. Industry would then be forced to adapt to the new preferences and values of the consumers they serve.

On this page are some resources that can help you reduce the impact of your consumption, and live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. I believe that the quality of life can be as good or better when the environment is put first, compared a higher consumption lifestyle. I hope that the links on this page will encourage more people to use their own resources to take control of their emissions and the future of our planet.nature ecosystems protect phone green scrap yard rubbish refuse collection plastic prices

By Paul Young of EcoStar (this represents my own views only). environmentally friendly greenhouse gases emissions climate change battery recycle recycling waste disposal bin near me carbon footprint phone air travel flights sustainability global warming nature ecosystems protect

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is a globally influential Institute developing leadership and solutions for a sustainable economy.

Their Rewiring the Economy framework shows how the economy can be ‘rewired’, through focused collaboration between business, government and finance institutions, to deliver positive outcomes for people and environment in pursuit of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

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MIT Climate Portal

MIT’s central portal to all the work happening across MIT on climate change, and a place for worldwide discussion and learning.

The science is clear: the Earth’s climate is changing faster today than ever before in the history of our species – and human actions are the main reason why. If global warming goes on unchecked, we leave ourselves open to severe risks.

MIT Climate Portal

The 35 Easiest Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Individuals can make a difference by reducing their personal greenhouse gas emissions. There are many ways to do this and save energy, such as insulating your home, putting up solar panels, and planting trees. The Columbia Climate School "State of the Planet" website has suggestions for the simplest and easiest changes you can make. They require little effort or financial investment.

Columbia Climate School

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Offset your flight emissions!

Use the MyClimate flight calculator to determine the carbon footprint of your flight as well as the amount that is required for carbon offsetting.

You can also pay to offset your carbon footprint. The emissions are offset in high-quality MyClimate climate protection projects throughout the world that fulfill the highest standards (CDM, Gold Standard, Plan Vivo). The projects reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.

My Climate - Shape our Future

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21 Great Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

If you’re wondering what a carbon footprint is and why it’s so important, Positive Planet website has all the answers. They explore the key terms and issues around climate change and show you how to reduce your carbon footprint at home, at work or at school. Climate change is the biggest challenges we’re facing as a species. Human activity over the last 200 years has meant that we’re standing on the brink of an environmental disaster.

Positive Planet

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Ten Reasons The World Needs More Sustainable Leadership

This article on Global Citizen website explains what sustainable leadership is, and how can CEOs actually become leaders who care about the Global Goals. Sustainable leadership is when leaders of businesses (often CEOs) manage companies with environment, society, and long-term sustainable development goals in mind. Companies need leaders who can balance both the pressure of short-term goals and priorities along with long-term goals and incorporate a new set of ideals centered on improving social and environmental issues in the world.

Global Citizen

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The Growing Environmental Risks of E-Waste

E-waste, electronic waste, e-scrap and end-of-life electronics are terms often used to describe used electronics that are nearing the end of their useful life, and are discarded, donated or given to a recycler. This page on the Geneva Environmental Network gives information on the environmental risks of e-waste. It also outlines the Circular Approach for Electronics. This is a new vision for the production and consumption of electronic and electrical goods. It is easy for e-waste to be framed as a post-consumer problem, but the issue encompasses the lifecycle of the devices everyone uses.

Geneva Environmental Network

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Is Ecotourism an Effective Conservation Tool?

Ecotourism is defined by the International Ecotourism Society (TIES) as, “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education.” It is now the fastest growing sector of tourism. This blog discusses whether ecotourism really works to provide source of revenue for conservation initiatives, and as a tool to generate revenue for conservation projects.

ECR Community Ecotourism Blog

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Is Eco-Tourism Really Environmentally-Friendly?

Eco-tourism has become a buzzword in recent years, in the travel and tourism sector. People have become more environmentally aware and are seeking to do what they can to protect the environment. In an ideal scenario there is no doubt that eco-tourism will indeed make positive impacts on the environment and the local communities.

What is alarming however is the fact that we are also confronted with various horror stories of eco-tourism. Aside from these, nature-loving tourists are also being conned by what is termed as greenwashing, a marketing spin to deceptively promote company products and policies as environmentally-friendly. This blog discusses what a traveler can do to avoid these problems.

Eco Warrior Princess Blog

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