Something to think about

I have written several posts about green ideas like the Forest BioEconomy initiatives happening in the United States and in Europe. I’ve also written about a hybrid energy producing systems which are even now being created and tested. I foresee several of these systems being put to use in geographical locations where they make the most of their parts. Places that are mostly plains with plenty of wind would be ideal for hybrid energy parks featuring solar and wind, mostly wind, systems in addition to fossil and nuclear components.

I found an article in the online magazine, Engelsberg Ideas, written by Helen Thompson called The geopolitical fight to come over green energy. I recommend reading it.

This article talks in broad terms about the way different countries are handling the move towards a green energy future and how they are viewing this inevitable shift. The entire world is moving towards a future with less pollution and more efficient energy production while also building the global economy.

Change is happening right now

Helen Thompson rightly points out there are going to be issues, political mainly, as things progress. It stands to reason that there will be. People don’t like change, and big business hates change when it affects their bottom line. Governments also hate change because it can threaten the power they hold over their people, can threaten their status quo.

Still, the world’s population is demanding a greener future no matter the cost. Climate change is not entirely man’s doing, it’s part of the earth’s cycle however, Man has helped speed up the time table so that this change is occurring a great deal sooner than it should be. In order to slow things down a bit, as well as provide a future that is cleaner and healthier for its people than it is now, Man has to make some hard choices and some big changes.

Accountability is for everyone

This means the citizens of the world must hold their governments accountable, as well as themselves. No one country can do it alone. No one person can do it alone. We must all do our part to assist in the changes that are needed to be made. We cannot ask one county, much less one person, to do something we are not willing to do ourselves.

Change must be done globally with governments and citizens doing their parts to assist with the changes.

What can we, as individuals do?

  1. Petition your authorities on all levels from local all the way to the top, demanding they support green energy initiatives including technological developments like the hybrid energy systems being developed by the Department of Energy in the United States.
  2. Invest in green energy systems in any way you can – if you can afford to get solar panels and small windmills to help you offset your energy bill you lower the overall need for fossil fuel energy.
  3. Demand companies reduce their emissions and carbon production through petitions and if necessary, boycotts. Companies are boycotted for less so why not do it for something that would benefit everyone?
  4. Find ways to assist in the development of economies that help your local community, ways that can be scaled up to help other communities in your country as well.
  5. Research the issues facing the move towards a greener future – don’t let big business and governments control the narrative, the flow of information. The information is out there, you just have to educate yourself and not believe everything told to you by those in power and in the media.

The future is being born even as I write this. Europe has already begun making the changes, and the rest of the world needs to follow. Changes can be made and not hurt local economies. In fact, the changes could actually help local economies, they just need to get out of their own ways. The past must be let go off in order for progress to be made.

The Industrial Revolution would not have happened if people weren’t willing to take chances and embrace change. We are in the beginning stages of a new revolution. This revolution will encompass technological changes, political changes and even economic changes as we demand a greener, healthier future for ourselves and our families.

This is something to think about but make no mistake, change is coming, it’s already on its way.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Forest Based Bioeconomy

Bioeconomy is economy based on nature. It doesn’t just include making money, it also includes sustainability, technological development and community development. There are three areas of bioeconomy:

Blue Bioeconomy – based on all bodies of water such as oceans, seas, rivers and lakes

Forest based Bioeconomy – wood based including naturally occurring forests and tree plantations

Agriculture based Bioeconomy – mainly based on farming but can include animal husbandry.

I’ve already discussed Blue Economy a little bit. You can read the post here: Blue Bioeconomy

As stated above, Forest based Bioeconomy is based on forests, wood products and by products such as waste. Finland is the best example of a Forest based Bioeconomy that is well developed and successful. Other countries in Europe including Russia and France are working on their own Forest based Bioeconomy policies as a way to holistically improve not only their economies but their peoples’ ways of living.

The United States is considering bioeconomies but since the country has such a varied geography, using just one would be quite limiting and, in the end, not very successful. Individual states seem to be working on their own policies based on their own local resources.

Case in point is Michigan who has held two conferences on the subject as well as teaming up with experts in Finland as a way to leverage their own Forest based Bioeconomy policies. Technology is being developed, and practices are being put into place that will not only bring more jobs to the state, it will stimulate the local economy. Two must read articles are below:

The Second Michigan Forest Bioeconomy Conference

Finland, Maine and Michigan partner toward sustainable growth in forest bioeconomy

The following is a PDF that explains Forest based Bioeconomy better that I can:

Forest Bioeconomy

It’s important to keep apprised of these developments not only from the standpoint of sustainability but also investment and job opportunities. Technology is being developed to assist with achieving a circular economy from forest based products on a global scale, not just regionally and locally. As policies and practices are developed and perfected, more jobs will be created and the environment will still be protected.

Yes, there will be trade-offs, nothing is perfect. However, the trade-offs will become nominal as more circular economies based on bioeconomy are adopted and become successful.

As always, don’t take my word for it, read and research yourselves so that you can be informed on what’s going on in the world around us. I didn’t know about any of this until I audited a class online, and I am amazed at how long this has been going on, especially in the rest of the world.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

The Blue Economy

I am big on sustainability, but I’m also a realist. I know there have to be trade-offs for certain things to be done to help the environment. In today’s world, all over the globe, people come first. It’s an undisputable fact. This means people need a way to live, and not just survive. Living takes money – another indisputable fact. People don’t do things for free unless they want to. Most of the time, they don’t want to because doing things for free doesn’t help them in any way they value. Personally, doing things for free garners you goodwill, and that’s more important.

What is The Blue Economy?

This is the name given to anything related to water – seas, oceans, rivers, lakes etc. There are quite a few countries surrounded by water on all sides, and their economies are based on what they can get from the sea. This is mostly fishing, but there are other things that can be harvested from the sea for profit as well. This is by no means a perfect definition, but it’s how I understand it to mean.

There are also a lot of countries with rivers, and there a quire a few communities almost entirely dependent on these rivers for their livelihoods. All of these dependencies have caused a great deal of concern worldwide especially as the effects of all this usage is being seen on a global scale.

The Response

The response has included at least 40 different entities, countries, communities, businesses and scientists. The Ocean Finance Handbook was created in 2020, and it outlines plans and resources to help turn back the ill effects of using the world’s natural water sources for economic purposes as well as to support and promote sustainable practices amongst all the communities reliant on waterways for their very existence.

Prior to this collaborative effort on behalf of all nations and communities, in 2018 specifically, several regional handbooks such as the The Blue Economy Handbook of the Indian Ocean Region were published. They were focused only on assisting the regions the handbook was written about, and they are still used to assist with efforts in their regions along with the more global Ocean Finance Handbook.

The Results

These handbooks have led to many people turning their attentions, and their wallets in many cases, towards solutions to the issues arising from overfishing, dying coral reefs and communities traditionally using only the ocean when they may have other resources they can use to help their communities. This has been going on for years, it’s not something that’s new. In fact, if you live in one of these countries or communities, you already know what’s being done in your area to improve things related to your own waterway.

If you’re interested, you can view the Ocean Finance Handbook for free in its downloadable PDF form here:

The Ocean Finance Handbook

Even if you don’t live in a region dependent almost solely on a waterway for your livelihood, looking into the Blue Economy wouldn’t hurt. It’s just one of three economies being developed all over the world in an effort to move forward with ways to save the environment and make money at the same time. Research and actually implementation of many policies and procedures have already proven both are possible at the same time.

The other two economies being developed are: Forest Based BioEconomy and Agriculture Based BioEconomy. In the United States, Michigan is already building its Forest Based BioEconomy working with local businesses, local citizen groups, its local governments and its local universities. You can learn more from this video below:

Michigan Forest Based BioEconomy

Just thought I’d give you something to think about. Sustainability and saving the environment aren’t just catch phrases any longer, they are goals governments are working towards on a global scale. It’s just taking time as everyone’s needs have to be met in some fashion, mostly people, but the environment and animals as well. I see great things for the future of the world if people would only get out of their own way and really think about everything. Research is being done in so many fields to find the best solutions and so far, the benefits are greater than the trade offs so we’ll see…

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!