Green Economy: Does it include YOU?
The 2012 theme for World Environment Day is Green Economy: Does it include you?There are two parts to this theme and the first tackles the subject of the Green Economy.
A green economy is described as one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. In other words, we can think of a green economy as an economic environment that achieves low carbon emissions, resource efficiency and at the same time is socially inclusive.
Practically speaking, a Green Economy is one whose growth in income and employment is driven by public and private investments that reduce carbon emissions and pollution, enhance energy and resource efficiency, and prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. These investments need to be catalyzed and supported by targeted public expenditure, policy reforms and regulation changes.
But what does all this mean for us? Well, this essentially what the second part of the theme is all about. If the Green Economy is about social equity and inclusiveness then technically it is all about us! The question therefore asks us to find out more about the Green Economy and assess whether, in our country, we are being included in it.
To learn more about the Green Economy visit the World Environment Day website, or follow on Twitter and Facebook,where they will be unraveling the concept of what the Green Economy really is and what it means to you ahead of World Environment Day.
Please, increase your awareness. If not for yourself, then do it for your children, your grandchildren and for future generations.
Information contained in this post was obtained from the United Nations Environmental Programme website.