Opinion – Green or not to Green?


The subject has been so much discussed all around the world, politicians decide what environmental politic they will apply, enterprises are trying to produce and work in a more environmental way, citizens try to have a more green attitude while some are completely disapproving the Green movement ignoring or just avoiding to look at the facts that our Planet is deteriorating in fast rhythms because of Human activities.

Facts we cannot ignore

  • Today, forests represent 30% of the Planet and annual deforestation represents around 7,3 million ha during the period 2000-2005 (National Office of Forest http://www.onf.fr/gestion_durable/sommaire/milieu_vivant/patrimoine/forets_monde/20070926-112926-300942/@@index.html).
  • Water scarcity affects the entire Planet and more than 40% of the population (World Water Day, http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/faqs.html). Water pollution has been affecting many populations and species.
  • Global warming has been increasing constantly since the Industrial Revolution (CO2 concentration in the atmosphere has increased by 37%).
  • Pollution, in the air, in our water, means pollution in our food and drinks, meaning pollution in our body and without a doubt impacts our health and nature.
  • In addition, we observe a growing world population exercising a pressure on our environment through a growing demand in food and water, increasing disparities between countries, depleting used lands due to massive/intensive agriculture. To answer to this growing demand, human activities choose to produce everyday faster by implementing polluting procedures and using chemicals without taking any measures to prevent from the impacts on the environment which are devastating for human health, animal health, biodiversity and nature.

I regularly hear from people around me the following arguments to express they disagreement around the fashion subject which is the green economy, the organic products’ development and the Green Attitude in general:

  • They do not trust “organic products” because a lot of companies just want to profit out of it. By using this great cause, companies present an image of enterprise friendly to the environment, while on backstage the process does not seem as “green” as it is. Many companies try to adopt a green image and in the same time have been throwing chemicals in rivers and soils for many years.

BlueFairy: All companies are not fair and transparent; there are bad students and good ones, just like in every classroom and everything in life. The Green economy is not an exception and it is our role to inform ourselves correctly and distinguish what companies to trust or not. Consuming intelligently is also a very important transition that population must undertake, with all the huge amount of available information and the growing amount of products it is inevitable a stage that we all need to take. Know what you consume, learn about the product you buy, the companies, JUST BE AWARE.

  • Some question the certification process, because of rumors that some companies have been paying to obtain their organic certification.

BlueFairy: Indeed, some cases have been discovered of companies cheating, these of course are not representative of 100% of the organic products brands. Since the environmental issue has become a worldwide concern, certification processes are been controlled and laws are been created to surround this new economy. There are still black holes but the systems are improving and do not forget this economy is bright new. Buy intelligently: learn what to avoid, read etiquettes, learn and think about what you are doing.

  • Organic farming is very nice and romantic but with today rhythms it will never be able to replace intensive farming in order to produce enough to feed all the population; not enough space, not enough time.

BlueFairy: Well at this point and with today’s characteristics, organic farming is not enough developed to replace all other types of agriculture. Massive agriculture, GMOs and pesticides are the most unwanted type of agriculture; chemicals and seeds which can have a negative impact on our health should be disappearing. There are ecologic products to protect lands from insects. Governments and key market actors should invest in finding replacement solutions. Buying products from organic farming gives more importance to this type of farming and gives these farmers a more powerful voice in the International Market. Choosing organic products instead of the others will push industries/farmers to try to find the solution.

  • Pollution is dangerous for our health and the future of our planet, why are you still riding a bike, should we stop all human activities for the sake of the environment, stop using electricity at home?

BlueFairy: Of course not, ecologists do not want to stop everything for the sake of the environment, why regressing while the society has made so many evolutions in so many domains (science, technology, medicine, transportation, etc.). But it is time for governments and citizens to adopt a new way to behave on our planet for the sake of evolution and continuity of our societies live a better world for future generations.

  • For many people being ecologist is associated to vegetarian.

BlueFairy: Yes some “extreme ecologists” believe that the pollution of breeding is too high and a good ecologist should be vegetarian. But it is not a solution either. I had a nice conversation on linkedin the other day about banning plastic from the markets. In the beginning I was defending the banning solution since we find plastic in every corner of the planet, in the seas, forests, infecting soils and water, but I realize that my position was too much. Like I do not believe in banning breeding for the sake of the environment, I should not defend banning plastic, which made some products available to most of the population (because of its special capacity to reduce production costs). Banning is not a solution I any case indeed; being ecologist is not being vegetarian, which remains a personal taste and choice.

Being “green” is all about having a certain balance in how we manage our lives ad our communities. Evaluate yourself and understand what your major impact on the environment is. Do not sell your car if you really need it, but try on the other hand to have anywhere you can a behavior that can reduce/eliminate the negative impact you have elsewhere. I ride a bike, eat meat and can’t do recycling because of the lack of organization of my community BUT I buy as much as I can organic and local products, I am careful about the energy/water I consume, I do not use chemicals on my plants, plant a tree every year and many other small gestures that compensate my non-ecologic actions.

Green or not to Green? Don’t you think that with a balanced behavior, changing anything that it is easy to, it is then much easier to become a real protector of the environment?

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