Monday, January 05, 2009

New Year, New Challenges

The new year will bring many new challenges to the world. Environmental issues have gained significant momentum in the last 2 years and a new president coming to the U.S is being seen as pushing it to the top of the agenda. I am optimistic that a new era in environmental policy is beginning but people need to be prepared to continue if it is not. I'm afraid that too many people are betting the farm on a new administration changing everything and may end up being disappointed. That does not mean that the issues are not important or that something can't be done. People need to remember that the power to make the change lies with them. It is likely that "bigger" issues, like cap and trade and alternative energy, will get more attention and money. There are still lots of over things that people will continue to work on with or without the help of the president.

2 comments:

Russell Cavanagh said...

It's great you are optimistic. I hope that rubs off some. I can't believe it's over 20 years since the movie Koyanisquaatsi was made ... and George Monbiot in the Manchester Guardian reported that a 3% annual growth in the world economy means every 26 years we have used up more resources than in all of history since humankind first stood on our hind legs.

All the best from the UK.

FeButterfly said...

I don't know if I'm exactly optimistic. I have realized that we all can't wait for things to change and have to take some responsibility and do something. Thanks for stopping by.