Whether you call it environmental policy, sustainable policy, or the popularly coined phrase “green” policy, it all has been bubbling somewhere in every outlet we may see in public, read about, or perhaps be asked to partake in. Green policy can be any course of action or procedure that conforms to the goal of reducing negative human impact on the environment, which in turn will mitigate negative social and economic problems. Basically, we need to sustain in order to survive.
In Detroit, the latter of the effects have surfaced in response to failing governments, schools, quality of life, and of course our infamous manufacturing market. Now, almost everyone has been affected, mostly because of the lack of diversification in our markets, and yes, that includes our once world-reknowned auto industry. Today, that’s what it boils down to, variety. Variety drives innovation that draws consumers looking for what’s next. The world today is beginning to see what it is lacking, and what it’s lacking is green policy that directly supports our economy and the growing population. It is not some democratic led dogma. This isn’t the tree-huggers revolution. It’s reality.
Green policy, after all, identifies a flux of problems we face as Americans in the global market. In terms of globalizing, the U.S. has done little except to outsource labor and import cheaply made products. Our way of combatting costs and increasing revenue have completely ignored innovation. Innovation, that once put the Detroit brand in driveways everywhere. Green policy, at the very least, puts innovation back into the hands that built the empires that employ our citizens. There is no need to list things like “clean air” and “safe water”. Although it’s so simple, those things can sometimes be ambitious, at best. Let’s remember not everyone likes to recycle newspaper or drive a battery-powered car. I’m afraid we missed the boat after people like Al Gore made global-warming an alarmist tactic to make money, before anyone even knew the real problem. The problem isn’t some global warming, and I will add that this huge debate is made up through arrogance and defiling of real data and never offered a real solution. So, instead, I will redefine the urgency of sustainable policies in a manner that every voting citizen should care about, if in fact, they want their children and friends to enjoy lifelong careers and even a safe city.
Reasons to encourage Green Policy:
- To increase global leadership through economic competition
- To reduce foreign dependence on oil (while not ignoring our untapped reserves)
- To procure monetary incentives from governments and businesses
- To increase breadth and depth of U.S. markets, saving investments and the banking system
- To be healthier human beings &
- To teach others that our capitalistic nation depends on it
So now what?
The best way to “go green” is to speak up. Tell your boss if your company may be inefficient in any area. In many cases, especially in manufacturing, you could get a nice check for your idea. Maybe old lighting, or an outdated purchasing agreement with suppliers. Make those suppliers (or switch entirely) offer your company something a little more sustainable. If anything, ask why not. Perhaps it’s, ” Why do we still use paper towel when we could be saving money using accelerated air models?” Or, “Mom, why do we use aluminum foil to wrap food if we have Tupperware?”
In metro Detroit, its all about buying local. We have more than enough resources to provide every single service we need. Buying fresh and local is not only healthy, it’s helping your local economy, which in turn helps you keep your job!