‘Going green starts only with a shift in consciousness‘ ~ Ian Somerhalder
Climate Change Denial, a behavioral problem?
FACT: Climate change is a serious threat to humans, animals, and the earth’s ecosystems. Nevertheless, effective climate action has been delayed, partly because some still deny that there is a problem.
FILE: Climate change denial correlates with political orientation, authoritarian attitudes and endorsement of the status quo. It also correlates with a tough-minded personality (low empathy and high dominance), closed-mindedness (low openness to experience), tendency to avoid experiencing negative emotions.Interestingly, one variable, named social dominance orientation (SDO), helped explain all these correlations, either entirely or partially (SDO is a measure of the acceptance and advocating of hierarchical and dominant relations between social groups). This acceptance of hierarchies also extends to accepting human dominance over nature. The correlation between SDO and climate change denial can perhaps be explained by considering the many injustices of climate change. Source: Kirsti Jylhä (2016).
Global Green Initiatives
Green Economy: An economic model to tackle climate change and protect the environment by fully recognizing its value. ‘Ecology and economy go hand in hand for a sustainable society’.
Green Building: A sustainable building concept and their sites using limited energy, water, and materials, and reducing building impacts on human health and the environment over the entire life cycle of the building. GB concepts extend beyond the walls of buildings and can include site planning, community and land use planning issues as well.
Green Energy: The energy that is collected from renewable resources which are naturally replenished on a human timescale, such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat. Otherwise known as ‘Renewable Energy’ that often provides energy in four important areas: Electricity generation, air and water heating/cooling, transportation, and rural (off-grid) energy services.
Green Politics : A political ideology that aims to create an ecologically sustainable society rooted in environmentalism, nonviolence, social justice, and grassroots democracy. Due to the effect of globalization and liberalized economy, the world now undergoes a gradual paradigm shift and moves from ‘left’ /’right’ ideologies to either ‘Greenism’ (sustainable use of bio resources) or ‘Brownism’ (total exploitation of bio resources)?
Green Medicine: The natural substances and natural energies for the treatment of health problems resulting from imbalance in the body. GM entails the sustainability of medical products and minimization of medical waste. Green medicine seeks the physical, mental, emotional, environmental, energetic, psychic and spiritual aspects of human experience that become equally important when it comes to health and healing.
GM Crops Vs. Green Crops*: GM or transgenic crop is a plant that has a novel combination of genetic material obtained from a wide range of living sources, not just from within the crop species or from closely related plants through the use of modern biotechnology. Global agriculture engaged in a heated debate in GM crops over Green Crops ~ see Benefits & Risks
Green Philosophy: The habit of caring for and cherishing our own home – including the family, the community and the nation, along with its customs and traditions – and certainly we’ll be well on the way to benefiting the environment. The solution to our environmental problems depends on oikophilia (“love of Home”). Source: Roger Scruton (2012)
Green Audit: The process of assessing the environmental impact of an institution/organization/state/country. It normally includes 3 stages, viz.(1) Pre-Audit : Setting overall goals, objectives & priorities** (2) On-site Audit: Site inspection with the help of well defined protocols/checklists, review of policies, documents & reports (3) Post-Audit: Evaluation of findings, reporting with recommendations, preparation of an action plan & follow-ups.
[*GRASSNEST in NPOW **Focus areas: Environment-Energy-Water-Waste-Pollution management, Travel-Transport management, Disaster preparedness, & Knowledge management]
[Page updated in August 2016]