Happy Earth Day! To celebrate, I'm sharing two videos Vox created last year about the impact of trash on the environment, how people can reduce it, and how people can be persuaded to do so. The first is Going green shouldn't be this hard.
Going green does not need to be a sacrifice, either for us as individuals or for businesses, governments and the economy.The second video is from the same series and calls back to the previous one at the end, Takeout creates a lot of trash. It doesn't have to.*
Our single-use items aren't helping the fight against climate change but there are easy hacks to reduce and reuse. Climate Lab is produced by the University of California in partnership with Vox.Both videos show ways to reduce our impact through changes in personal behavior, business practices, and government policy.** All of them are worth doing, not just today, but throughout the year. Remember, every day is Earth Day.
Hosted by conservation scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan, the videos explore the surprising elements of our lives that contribute to climate change and the groundbreaking work being done to fight back. Featuring conversations with experts, scientists, thought leaders and activists, the series demystifies topics like nuclear power, food waste and online shopping to make them more approachable and actionable for those who want to do their part. Sanjayan is an alum of UC Santa Cruz, a Visiting Researcher at UCLA and the CEO of Conservation International.
*The entire series of nine episodes is available at the link: Climate Lab with the description "Conservation scientist and UCLA visiting researcher Dr. M. Sanjayan explores the surprising ways we can change how we think and act about climate change."
**Think of these actions as a kind of technology. That way they fit in the equation I=P*A*T, where I is impact, P is population, A is affluence, and T is technology. Only technology can reduce the effects of increasing population and affluence and these behaviors counteract affluence.