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One of the biggest issues facing the world over the next couple of years is the environment. There are a lot of studies that show just how much the environment is impacted by human policies around the world. Although developing nations were thought to be the source of a lot of issues, now many first world countries like the Unites States have a larger carbon footprint than “smaller” countries. Here are several keys for creating a greener global economy. Technology The only thing that prevents the world from being completely green is technology. Nations and companies do not use green energy more simply because it costs more, and of course, no one cares about anything but money. By investing more in technology, these costs will come down over time as it becomes more available to other people. Anyone who wants to look at implementing this in their company or country needs to lay-out a long term investment plan. The more success with technology, the easier it will be to convert to renewable energy. Government Incentives There are some countries around the world that give tax incentives to companies or people that make investments into renewable energy. This is a good idea for several reasons. First of all, it increases the number of people who use renewable sources of energy. Another big reason for this is that it creates a demand in the market for renewable sources of energy. As this demand increases, consumers will drive technology growth in the area. This is a very good long term strategy to increase the amount of renewable energy that is used in any specific area. Over the long term, this can go a long way in helping people who want to see more renewable energy used. Natural Gas Delivery Natural gas is a cleaner burning fuel that many people support. Having a delivery service for natural gas will reduce the worldwide demand for oil and increase support for the cleaner natural gas. Some companies, like Nationwide Boiler, have equipment that’s designed and packaged so that it can easily be delivered to job sites. Companies and governments should be much more willing to support natural gas by using it more regularly, till it becomes commonplace in business and industry. More Education Educating people on the importance of renewable energy is important as well. There are a lot of people who think that education is preventing many people from understand how important renewable energy is to the future. There is a huge political struggle in many areas of the world for control over oil. Having more renewable energy options is the best way to grow the economy over the long term. As people figure this out, they will drive market demand for innovations in this area. Green energy is an important issue over the next few decades. As more energy is used around the world, it is essential to understand how to grow renewable energy sources for people to use over the long term.
HannahWhittenly posted a blog entry in HannahWhittenly's BlogThe United States discards a huge amount of waste material every minute, and developing countries aren’t far behind. Some brilliant minds have been able to see piles of refuse as potential income and useful materials, from companies like Lakeshore Recycling to home decorators reusing old fabrics. People everywhere are willing to come up with ways to turn trash into treasure. Recycling is sustainable and profitable, benefiting entrepreneurs around the world and the planet. These developing worlds have been able to use recycling to make their country more sustainable one garbage can at a time. Mexico In developing countries, waste recycling starts at street level. In fact, one percent of the urban populations in developing countries make their living picking up trash. Mexico City has a gigantic trash problem, about 12,000 tons of solid waste per day. One of the worst offenders in plastic bottles. Mexico was found to be the second largest consumer of polyethylene terephthalate bottles, and the city found providing nice blue recycling bins was not empowering the venture and has turned to other means to help get sustainable. Rethinking incentives, the city set up a vast farmers' market named Mercado del Trueque; and true to citizen values, featured barter. Trash and recyclable waste were exchanged for 'green point' vouchers based on weight. More than 3,000 families showed up with bags of trash on opening day, exchanging it for vouchers to spend on fresh vegetables at the farmers' market. It’s a unique idea to get more citizens involved in recycling and appealing to what would work in their lives. Philippines In the Philippines, events started out a bit less controlled than Mexico City's project, but soon gained speed. Payatas is one of the most impoverished parts of Manilla, with almost 40 percent of residents unemployed. Rotting waste reeked about the disposal facility, and people dug out nuggets of junk to sell at scavenger shops. Food waste was unearthed and sold to pig farms. Today the disposal facility is operated by a private manager helping with the Payatas Alliance Recycling Exchange. The ugly landscape of waste material has been dozed over and seeded for a park. Bio vents line the mound, exuding gasses from decomposing waste, used to fire an electricity generator. This generator powers electricity to light the streets of Payatas and a workshop for citizens. Three thousand former scavengers are now employed at the waste recycling facility, integrating the formerly unemployed and junk shop owners into a productive work force moving waste, and improving living conditions at the same time. Egypt Electronic waste is a huge dilemma in most countries, as everyone wants to purchase the latest technology and don’t know how to dispose of old models. In Egypt, it is discarded everywhere. Electronic waste, or E-waste as it’s been termed, presents hazards to those collecting it. The people of Zabaleen district in Cairo obtained an E-waste learning center through CID consulting in 2009. CID consulting is one of Egypt's leading entities in E-waste management. The purpose of the learning center is to offer young people a chance to earn money while learning about plastic and electronic waste recycling. The growing waste in electronics has become a booming business and helped to employ many people in Egypt. Recycling is a fascinating field for the inventive and the entrepreneur, a treasure trove of unique future possibilities for workers, factories, and even whole countries. With new technologies and green initiatives being pushed all the time, recycling even in third world countries has become possible and sustainable.