What do you think will be the top environmental news stories of the next 5 months? 7 green bloggers give their answers below.
Last week, we got answers from 7 green bloggers on what they though was the biggest environmental news story of the 1st half of the year (not including the BP oil spill). With the BP oil spill supposedly capped, and a comprehensive climate change and clean energy bill dead, I thought I’d get answers from 7 more green bloggers on what they think will be the biggest story of the final 5 months of the year.
Here we go…
“I think we’re going to be really hung up on hurricane season. It’s looking like this year is going to be a doozy for hurricanes, and all eyes are going to be on the Gulf. BP has already suspended work there for tropical storm Bonnie, and I think this is just the beginning, unfortunately.”
Becky Striepe is an independent crafter and avid vegan cook living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her passion is working with vintage fabric and salvaged materials. Her indie business,Glue and Glitter, is all about using existing materials in products that help folks waste less without feeling deprived. She is the editor of our sister site Eat Drink Better. You can also find her written work on another one of our sister sites, Crafting a Green World, as well as on greenUPGRADER and Care2.
“I think that the biggest environmental story for the rest of 2010 will be revolved around food production. With people becoming more aware of the health and environmental issues that are involved in factory farming and cheap processed foods, they are looking for alternatives.
“Urban farming/gardening is starting to become more prevalent. People are starting to learn more about growing their own and/or getting involved in community places that do.
“I suspect that this trend will continue through 2010 and beyond. More people will begin to reclaim their food from corporations.”
Mike Lieberman prides himself as someone who walks their talk as a living, breathing demonstration of how one can live sustainably, anywhere. On his sites he documents what he’s doing through urban gardening, creating raw vegan recipes and demonstrating simple ways to go green. Through his sites and writing, he wants to show you that it’s simple to make eco-friendly decisions. Some or all of these things can easily be done in your daily lives without any disruption, and he would like to show you how to do them. Check out his online portfolio of site and writings at CanarsieBK.com.
“I think the big story in the United States is going to be the entrance of electric vehicles like the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, and Ford Focus EV into the car market. Now that we know that the U.S. Senate has punted on trying to pass a climate bill, there’s going to be a noticeable effort to promote this and other private sector ‘solutions’ toward lowering carbon emissions and creating some green jobs. American auto makers have really been annoyed with Toyota’s success selling the Prius hybrid and other fuel efficient cars, They already got some revenge earlier this year when Toyota had a nasty public relations fall from grace with some recalls and safety issues (these problems might be just as likely to occur in new vehicles produced by other companies from what I understand). This fall and holiday season though, I bet there is going to be a huge marketing push for these vehicles and also something of an ‘American Auto manufacturers Strike Back!’ media push.
“Internationally, one of the big stories will definitely be Brazil’s presidential election. Outgoing Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is one of the most popular presidents in the world. He has presided over Brazil’s growth as one the world’s strongest emerging economies, secured an Olympics and a World Cup, and made Brazil an energy exporting powerhouse. Brazil also possesses the largest tract of the Amazon Rainforest, one of the most important ecological areas in the world that also is home to some of the world’s most imperiled indigenous cultures. Protection of these areas and people has been a mixed bag at best under the Lula administration. The good news is that there is a green party candidate in this race, former environmental minister Marina Silva, and she has a legitimate chance to win. If she does, Brazil might become a world leader in environmental stewardship. They have the resources and ability to do it.”
Levi Novey is a conservation professional who worked for the U.S. National Park Service for 10 years, as a park ranger, social science researcher, and science communication specialist for 20 different parks. In addition to having authored several guidebooks to U.S. national parks, he has written scholarly papers and over 150 online articles as an environmental journalist for publishers including The Huffington Post, LiveOAK Media, and Celsias.
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