I think that we are actually doing a very good job with the green movement at this point compared with just a few years ago. More and more people are realizing that if we don’t do something we are going to damage our environment beyond repair. More and more people are switching to hybrid cars, and more and more homes are adopting some sort of green energy. The only way that I think that we can speed up the process is by making more efficient electric cars and making sure we have an infrastructure that allows us to handle all of the potential electric cars, while also moving more and more towards renewable energy sources so that the electricity that we are producing does not harm the environment.
To propel the green movement, education is the most important advocator. The more people understand, the more they will see the need for this transition as well as the cost incentives associated with conservation and efficiency. Luckily, it has become a hip thing to be green and I believe that this is helping push the movement. However, education is still the overlying factor that has the capability of really advancing the green movement. Once people realize the monetary incentives associated with going green, then the more likely we will see people transitioning away from conventional behaviors toward more sustainable ones.
By far, education is the most important element in the green movement. Once people understand the gravity of the world’s current situation, it will be hard for them to make the same environmentally harmful choices on a daily basis. It is also important for people to understand the science behind certain natural processes (the water cycle, climate change, etc.) so they feel like they aren’t just being force fed information by the media. Knowledge is empowering, and it’s extremely important to have knowledgeable, empowered people behind the green movement.
The green movement also needs to be destigmatized. Many conservative politicians do not support environmenalism because it has a certain stigma amongst their voters. It can be perceived as “hippyness” or “anti-American”. There needs to be a way to make the needs to the environment seem to be equivalent with the needs of people, which can at least be partially achieved through education. The green movement should no longer be considered special or counter-culture, but instead should be seen as a necessary part of sustaining humanity.
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