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This year so far we have had Earth Hour (WWF), World Water Day and now it appears its time for Earth Day! Today, 22nd April 2011, is the 41st Earth Day event which according to its organisers has inspired and mobilised individuals and organisations worldwide to demonstrate their commitment to environmental protection and sustainability.
Earth Day is intended to raise awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment which is what I am trying to achieve with this blog.
The Earth Day Network works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilise the environmental movements. It was founded in the United States by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970 with the aim of teaching people about issues affecting the environment. Since it began, it has seen several environmental laws including the Clean Air Act, the Water Act and the Endangered Species Act come into force which is a huge achievement and has obviously fulfilled its aim of informing people on environmental issues. As with most things each Earth Day has a theme and this year’s theme is “A Billion Acts of Green: Our People Powered”. They are asking people to demonstrate their commitment to environmental protection and sustainability with the hope that with all of these small pledges acting together will go a long way to conserving the planet.
An oil spill in California was behind the creation of the first Earth Day in 1970. Now, 41 years later, the worst oil disaster in the nation’s history, along with rising greenhouse gas emissions and budget battles, dominates America’s debate over the environment.
Environmental catastrophes inspired official Earth Day ;
On Jan. 28, 1969, an oil well blowout near Santa Barbara, Calif. leaked more than 200,000 gallons of oil into the ocean for 11 days. The damage done to California’s coastline and the massive scope of the cleanup effort led to reforms in the energy industry, such as the National Environmental Policy Act which requires the federal government to do a detailed assessment before approving potentially hazardous projects like offshore oil drilling.
Later that same year, industrial chemicals along Ohio’s Cuyahoga river caught fire on the surface of the water, making it look like the river was on fire.
Images of blackened coastlines and flaming rivers led to a heightened awareness among the American public about the fragility of the environment.
In early 1970, Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, took note of these shifting attitudes toward the environment and hired 25-year-old Denis Hayes to organize a national “teach in” on the subject. Hayes teamed with other young people to organize the first national environmental movement.
On April 22, 1970, 20 million people responded to Hayes’ and Gaylord’s movement and rallied for environmental awareness. It remains the largest demonstration in American history and was the first-ever Earth Day.
Energy production tops today’s environmental concerns;
In the years since the first Earth Day demonstration, the activities have changed, but the source of the main environmental issues facing the country remains very much the same. Energy production and consumption continues to cause the most pollution and pose the greatest dangers to the American ecosystem.
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, which took place a year ago off the Gulf coast, is the most disastrous oil spill in the nation’s history – about 200 million gallons of oil spewed from the damaged well before it could be capped.
Similar to the Santa Barbara oil spill of 1969, images of oil-covered animals and damaged coastline prompted strong reactions and debates over offshore oil drilling. However, today’s businesses and policymakers remain largely divided over how to meet America’s energy needs.
“The oil will be drilled,” Kenneth Green, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute told the NewsHour during the Gulf oil leak. “We need to find ways to keep it from our shore. We need to improve our technology and ability to prevent oil from moving to the shores and learn how to use this material safely, because we are going to use it.”
Daniel Weiss, director of climate strategy for the Center for American Progress, disagreed. He said, “We have put off for too long addressing our long-term dependence on oil, both foreign and domestic. The tragedy in the Gulf isn’t a wakeup call. It’s a sonic boom. And what we need to do is to dramatically reduce our oil use.”
Debates rage over greenhouse gas regulation and EPA funding;
Congress has the authority to create and change laws having to do with the environment, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the government agency responsible for overseeing and implementing those laws. Recently, lawmakers have disagreed sharply over whether to create legislation to combat greenhouse gas emissions and how much money to give to the EPA.
In 2010, a bill that would have created a cap-and-trade system, which would involve companies buying credits to emit carbon pollution, failed in the Senate when Democrats and Republicans couldn’t agree on how many restrictions should be placed on businesses.
The Obama administration then turned to the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases, which contribute to the warming of the planet. The Republican-led House of Representatives voted to strip the EPA of that authority.
In budget negotiations that almost led to a government shutdown, Congress cut funding to the EPA by $1.6 billion, a significant sum according to most analysts.
“These cuts give us the opportunity to take a close look at how the agency is spending its dramatic increases in funding and look at whether the regulations it is putting out are appropriate.” said Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), who supports the cuts.
The advocacy group Environment America sharply criticized the funding cuts, calling them an “assault on protections of our air and water” that will “compromise public health.”
A Billion Acts of Green;
The theme of Earth Day 2011 is “a billion acts of green,” and organizers are calling on every individual to do one small thing in their lives, such as switching to energy efficient light bulbs or walking instead of driving, to improve the planet.
Earth Day participants around the world are planting 1 million trees, drawing up plans for green schools, and celebrating sports through Athletes for the Earth.
Grow Life – Please tell us what you did today to contribute to a great cause.
Unilever Names Coke’s Marc Mathieu as No. 2 Global Marketing Executive | Global News – RealtyGo_blog
Unilever has named former Coca-Cola Co. marketer Marc Mathieu as its No. 2 global marketing executive, reporting to Global Marketing and Communications Officer Keith Weed, rounding out a redesign of the global marketing team for the world’s second-biggest advertising spender.
Marc Mathieu is charged with helping Unilever double sales while reducing overall environmental impact. Green business practices are a necessity for the future. If your professional business is not currently participating in any Green technology in order to reduce and reinvent traditional business practices, please take some time and discover how you can make a difference. Even listing, promoting, and using Mobile real estate services from RealtyGo will help cut back on excessive print and ink waste, while promoting the delivery of information via the digital channel.
Mr. Mathieu, 51, whom Mr. Weed credits with helping turn around Coca-Cola by developing the “Coke Side of Life” branding platform and launching Coke Zero last decade as VP-global branding, will join Unilever April 1. He will oversee Unilever’s global corporate branding effort; marketing training, including the Unilever Marketing Academy; marketing services; agency relations; and return on marketing investment. VPs over those areas will report to him.
For the past three years has led Atlanta-based BeDo, a strategic marketing consultancy. BeDo focuses on sustainability issues and has had Johnson & Johnson, Danone, Coca-Cola, Levis and Club Med as clients. Among projects the firm has launched has been The Hoop, a micro-lending venture for fair-trade producers and brands.
That dovetails with Unilever’s own sustainability efforts and with Mr. Mathieu’s new charge in helping Unilever double sales while reducing overall environmental impact by 2020, said Mr. Weed, who also oversees the company’s sustainability efforts.
“I wanted to get some heavyweight marketers in my top team,” Mr. Weed said in an interview. “And the fact that we were able to get someone like him says a lot about the progress we’ve made and the momentum we’ve got and the progress we’re making in innovation in the marketing area.”
Mr. Mathieu is the last of five senior VPs Mr. Weed has appointed since taking his post last year. He joins Gavin Neath (sustainability), Sue Garrard (communications), Richard Davies (consumer and market insight) and Luis Di Como (global media), the latter having recently been named to succeed Laura Klauberg in that post. Three of the five came from within Unilever, but Ms. Garrard, previously with the U.K.’s Department for Work and Pensions, like Mr. Mathieu came from outside.
“I’ve got a balance between internal hires and external hires to bring diversity of thought,” Mr. Weed said, adding that he considered internal and external candidates for each of the posts.
Mr. Mathieu’s experience in branding and sustainability along with Unilever putting sustainability under the marketing organization is something Mr. Weed sees as part of a trend.
“Having sustainability led by an environmentalist in a small department by itself was never going to get the sort of traction we need in this world to get true innovation in the area,” he said.
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