As part of the effort to expand the ReFill blog to a general discussion about all things sustainable, I want to open the discussion to green building. Why don't people just accept it already is what I want to know. The argument that it costs too much is clearly obsolete because within 5 years, the structure will have already paid for itself in terms of energy costs. So what is it? Ignorance perhaps. Or apathy. We have to step up our efforts in sustainable development. Humanity will never be able to accept anything besides growth, so the golden question is how to we grow economically while protecting the environment. I want to hear your opinions. A major problem in all spheres of life is that the public's opinion is rarely valued. Meanwhile, some of the best solutions are hidden away in ordinary people's brains. So please, comment. Give us some suggestions as to how to establish a clean, green revolution. Designs, projects, ideas, anything! It has been said that there is one solution for the financial crisis and global climate change. The two are interconnected. Humanity's progress and success is directly linked to that of the environment's. The solution is not clear and it may take years to discover, if such a solution exists at all. But let's start searching now.
Nothing frustrates me more than hearing someone say that the global temperature rise is part of a cycle. Wait, scrap that. Nothing frustrates me more than someone who says that climate change does not exist because the temperature change is cyclical. The people who so proudly declare that invalidity should learn this simple fact: climate change does not mean temperature change. Let me break it down simply. While increased CO2 concentration undoubtedly leads to a spike in temperature, the very presence of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere can disrupt ecosystems. The rise in temperature is just a further disturbance for hundreds of millions of organisms who rely on a very stable concentration of CO2 in the water and air. Ocean acidification is the absorption of carbon dioxide by the world's oceans. Carbon dioxide reacts with water to form carbonic acid, which by definition, lowers pH. There is nothing cyclical about the drop in pH in the oceans since the Industrial Revolution. This pH decline can dramatically alter marine ecosystems. In increasingly acidified environments, calcifying organisms, or those that produce shells and plates out of calcium carbonate, can disintegrate. These include corals and mollusks, both of which are important parts of the food chain. As ocean pH dips, structures made of calcium carbonate are vulnerable to dissolution. So there is one major problem. However, if you are still doubting the drastic effects of climate change, then just think about pollution. The numbers of marine and land organisms that are harmed by pollution is startling. The most obvious response is to nip the problem from the bud and use less of the leading component of pollution, yes you guessed it: PLASTIC.