Published on March 9, 2014
Environmental Activism We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children
What it means? • Advocacy for or work toward protecting the natural environment from destruction or pollution. • It is the theory that environment rather than heredity is the main influence on intellectual growth as well as cultural growth.
Environmental Laws and Regulations Have Been under Attack • Since 2000, environmental laws weakened by executive orders and legislative actions • Who is opposing the environmental laws? – Some corporate leaders and other powerful people – Some citizens – Some state and local officials • Why are the opposition? • Prevent further weakening by – Science-based education – Education about the current state of the environmental laws – Organized bottom-up political pressure from concerned citizens
Citizen Environmental Groups Play Important Roles • Nonprofit nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working at all levels – – – – International National State Local • Grassroots groups to organizations • Examples of NGOs and their global policy networks
Intervention by NGOs: international Initiatives developed by Ashoka Fellows : More than 350 Ashoka Fellows working around the world on environmental issues. Utilizing the Legal Framework Mexican Fellow Gustavo Alanis has developed a strategy to provide the Mexican citizen sector, government, and industry with the tools and training to get involved, clean up, and protect the natural resources of Mexico. His strategy has already brought to the Mexican environmental movement a new level of sophistication and impact. Changing Economic Incentives Victor Ananias from Turkey is promoting the production of organic foods and local Turkish products by creating a consumer base and increasing awareness of the links between consumption and the environment. The first person in Turkey to start a business using only organic foods Engaging Values and Culture In Peru, Joaquín Leguia is protecting the fragile ecology of the Peruvian Amazon Basin rainforest by involving children in the management of community forests. In a region where environmental mismanagement has resulted in wasteful agricultural practices, deforestation and biodiversity loss, Joaquín leads communities in the creation of Children's Forests Source: Ashoka website
Case Study: NGO’s Campaign Green peace • • • • • Greenpeace has been interacting with the IT sector and has got it to actively consider ways of reducing its role in runaway climate change. Indian IT sector is responsible for 10 % of global IT emission and with an annual growth rate of 12-16 % this will further grow to make India second largest carbon emitter after China by 2020. A rapid increase in demand for online services is increasing the number of data-centers and network towers. While companies have been focusing on efficiency to cut enterprise costs, their growth offsets efficiency gains made in new IT infrastructure. Further, these also widen the existing gap in demand – supply of energy. Greenpeace plans to identify the critical consequence of IT’s growing footprint in general to expose the link between growing ICT infrastructure and increased expansion of fossil based power generation. • What’s your views on this?
Community service: Clean & Green Resolution for 2014 Green peace 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Leave your car at home. Instead, ride a bike, walk or take public transport to work. Recycle all your paper, glass, aluminium, and plastic. Buy fruits and vegetables which are more local, organic and in-season. Use appliances which are more energy efficient. Take shorter, less frequent showers, because this not only saves water, but the energy necessary to heat it. 6. Unplug your electronics when not in use. Because even when turned off, items like your television, computer, and mobile phone charger still absorb power. 7. Try and avoid short airplane trips. Instead, take the bus or train to your destination. 8. Instead of relying on your supermarket for all your veggies and fruits, plant a small garden and grow your own vegetables and fruits. 9. Don't forget to have your vehicle serviced regularly to keep the emission control systems operating at peak efficiency. Also, check your car's air filter monthly, and keep the tires adequately inflated to maximize gas mileage. 10. Run the laundry machine only when full.
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