Comments on: Environment falls as priority for Americans – Pew Global environmental challenges Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:14:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: Jordan Erdos Wed, 28 Jan 2009 17:55:36 +0000 The New York Times reported yesterday that a battle is heating up (pun intended) over the Obama administration’s global climate change policy. On the one side are the East Coast states and California, which have been leading the country in environmental regulation, and on the other are the Midwest and Plains States, which are dependent upon coal and manufacturing – leading contributors of the CO2 emissions that lead to climate change. Full story.

President Obama’s insistence on addressing global climate change, as promised during his campaign, is a refreshing change and an encouraging step forward. While recent polls indicate that environmental issues register fairly low on the national priority list of most Americans, these are nevertheless issues that we must continue to tackle whether the global economy is hearty or at a standstill.

Given the contentiousness of focusing upon manufacturing and coal emissions, perhaps the Obama administration would be better off turning its attention to an area that is responsible for 20% of all carbon emissions worldwide — the destruction of the world’s forests. One important manner in which the United States could have an impact in this area would be in promoting tropical hardwood certification. By certifying that tropical hardwoods have been harvested in an environmentally-friendly and sustainable manner, we could provide American consumers with information that would allow them to make purchasing decisions based upon their effects upon the environment. Rather than contribute further to the conditions that lead to global climate change, consumers may be made aware of the effect of their consumption decisions.

Certification is just one way of raising consumer consciousness. If we are to truly begin to address carbon issues, we must all become more aware of our personal impact upon the globe. The next time you are shopping for food or household goods, take a moment to consider where those goods are coming from and how they have arrived in your local store. Often the price on the tag does not reflect the true cost of the product.

By: Barney Sat, 24 Jan 2009 16:56:21 +0000 The enviroment will continue to get worse as we do not look at the problems of overpopulation or population control.

By: Doug Gledhill Fri, 23 Jan 2009 03:52:38 +0000 I don’t think that people can not consider the many facets of environmental problems with the ecomony. Environmental degradation will continue to have an increasing impact upon the economy in the future. To not acknowledge this fact, is ludicrous.
Consumption, on the magnitude of the last twenty years isn’t sustainable, from a practical and ecological standpoint. People need to get real about the serious problems that they have helped to foster over the past fifty years.
Sadly, there are few paradigms offered which take into account long term environmental concerms with economics and the burgoning population and the demands that has upon the whole system. Hopefully, those analyses will be forth coming.