LIVING GREEN – World Environment Day is June 5th {Green Economy: Does it include YOU?}

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.




  1. Yvonne Woodstock says:

    We buy only “green” household cleaners and laundry detergent and softener. ANd my kids are great recyclers. I’m so proud of them. : )

    • Yvonne, that’s wonderful you’ve taught your kids to be great recyclers and as they get older they will follow you “green” living example. I’m proud of you and your children!

  2. Carolyn Ann Colley (Griffith, Smith) says:

    we are trying to do more to go green, where I live it’s very hard to recycle because there’s no recycle place near where we live

    • Carolyn, not having a recycling facility nearby certainly makes it more of a challenge. It’s great though that you’re trying to be as green as possible with the other “R”‘s , reducing and reusing. Keep up the good work!

  3. We recycle and reuse many household and construction materials. My husband is great for doing that. We have two compost bins, one to go for general compost on the appointed day and one for use as our own garden compost. We’re lucky enough to have a choice of recycling depots near us, so that’s an easy thing to do. And to celebrate for today…we stayed home and I did some more yard work.
    Thanks for the reminder about World Environment day.
    Kathy at Oak Lawn Images

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