The topic of energy encompasses many sub-categories. What will fuel our world and how can we meet our needs without polluting the Earth and depleting it’s resources?
Sustainability & Business
Businesses have a profound effect on sustainability. Businesses are permitted to externalize many of the costs associated with producing, using, and disposing of their products, which means that the cost and damage is shared by everyone.
For example: Coal sells as a commodity at about $50/ton. Experts estimate that the extraction and burning of coal creates additional costs to society of over $200/ton.Coal and energy companies profit from the low price, while everyone else bears the costs, primarily in the form of environmental degradation, global warming, and impaired health.
(Other examples include difficult-to-recycle electronic devices and single-use containers & packaging.)
Four folks share some of their thoughts on this daunting matter. Dork Sahagian, Professor of Earth and Environmental Science at Lehigh University: Two things to consider in meeting the challenge: mitigation and adaptation. 1. Mitigation is what we need to … more
by Scott Slingerland I believe that most people truly care and have the highest respect for human life, clean air, and clean water. Yet, people are conditioned and desensitized to things that kill us every day—traffic crashes and vehicle emissions. … more
by Courtney Cohen Society has made great strides to improve modern medicine, communication, and technology, but in the process, we have lost our innate connection with the natural world. Early environmentalists like Thoreau and Pinchot warned society that they were … more
by Tara Zrinski In the years that I have been part of the active opposition to the PennEast Pipeline and fracking in Pennsylvania as local organizer for Food and Water Watch and through Pennsylvania Voters Against Fracking, I have seen … more
by Molly Majewicz This year on Friday, April 22nd, the day was overcast and humid, but the predicted chance of rain didn’t deter many passionate Muhlenberg students and community members from creating a sustainability-centered fair, of sorts. On-campus groups like … more
By Rebecca Canright One of the greatest flaws of human nature is our urge to resist change in favor of stability. In America, many of us cling to our current way of life —our big, oil-hungry cars and homes, our destructive … more
by Bruce Wilson Imagine a world where there is a climate crisis and most people, feeling helpless about the vastness of the problem, ignore the easiest changes that can make the quickest impact while providing a good return on investment. … more
The following is the executive summary from Rodale Institute’s white paper titled ‘Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change: A Down-to-Earth Solution to Global Warming’: We are at the most critical moment in the history of our species, as manmade changes … more