To transition to a green economy we must make some significant changes in a number of key areas.
For example, we have to make our buildings much more energy efficient, reduce the footprint of our transportation sector through increased efficiency and reduced reliance on fossil fuels, and transform our electricity grid to dramatically increase the amount of renewable energy we generate.
We must also improve the efficiency of our manufacturing sector, develop better waste management practices, and undertake smart land use planning.
We need to take equity issues seriously, put training programs in place to address skills shortages and make employment a key objective in economic and environmental policy.
And we must make some changes to how we account for the environment by, for example, putting a price on carbon and other pollution and by valuing nature and ecosystem services.
In short, transitioning to a green economy is not a simple task. But it is a necessary one. And while there are many things that individuals and corporations can do on their own, by and large, changes to government policy are needed if we hope to bring about the magnitude of change that is required. Which is why at Blue Green Canada, we focus our attention largely on policy change.
The simplest way you can help us drive the transition to a green economy is by supporting our work. Check out our campaigns. Sign up for our newsletters, and donate to our organization. By following and supporting our work, you can become an expert in the green economy and you will be called upon when action is required, for example to sign a petition, or to contact your elected representatives.
You can help this transformation come about by learning about the green economy, sharing your knowledge with others, and demanding that governments and businesses green their operations. And if you’d like to do even more, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how you'd like to get involved.