Environmental Management has become a humongous industry which makes it difficult for the average person to know what to believe and what to reject.
Fortunately the efforts by the City of Calgary are producing some excellent results, whickh leads me to encourage you to familiarize yourself with the city's Environmental Management programs.
Here's a quote from the City of Calgary report:
In 2002, The City of Calgary formally committed to reducing its corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 6% below the 1990 level by 2012.
Only four years into the program, emissions were reduced by 4%. This is remarkable given Calgary's unprecedented growth during the last several years.
But the City of Calgary needs the co-operation of all the citizens in order to reach the lofty goals for GHG reductions. The city has outlined it's Environmental Management target in this document:
The Calgary Climate Change Action Plan Target 50
which you'll be able to access through The city of Calgary website.
Check it out and learn how you can participate and benefit.
The theme: "Step up to Green!"
People of all ages can learn the importance of each individual's actions in helping to create a healthy environment.
Another important site to visit in order to stay informed is "Sustainable Calgary"
Sustainable Calgary which will keep you updated on the time and place of upcoming ECO FAIRS.
Here are some remarks about the 2006 fair, which speak of the value of this event :
Good variety of information about environmental issues at the political, economic, academic and household level. Great Seminars."
"Lots of good information, very thought provoking."
"Very well organized! A great group of people working on this event."
As the City of Calgary points out, everyone will have a positive impact on the environment just by doing the normal daily routine things like:
Buying locally grown produce because the energy used to produce it will be much less than one mass produced and shipped 1,500 km.
Walking, biking, carpooling or taking transit means less greenhouse gas emissions.
Recycling and composting will mean lower demand on our landfills.
Planning and renovating buildings to be as water and energy-efficient as possible.
There are now thousands of sites from every imaginable level of government and industry for you to get lost in while you are trying to do your thing to reduce GHG emissions.
When I said this eco-business has turned into an industry, I was not kidding you.
Just look at Mr. Al Gore an Mr. Suzuki and you'll get my point.
Some people are making a very substantial income by creating a level of fear, which in my opinion is not justified.
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