Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day Thought for Sustainability

It is 40th anniversary of the Earth Day today. What can we say about the prospects of next ten years? My confidence in human intelligence and innovation tells me that a better world awaits and April 22, 2020 will be great.

Imagine what is possible as described below.

Net zero homes becoming common and not a novelty. Fuel cells providing electricity, hot water and HVAC to new homes built with max. day light and fitted with LED bulbs and green roof.

City streets lit by LED lamps, smart grid allowing remote management of large buildings to conserve energy. Solar and Wind power technology producing power at the point of consumption and at a price below regular power costs.

New communities developed with easy access to high speed public transport and walkable neighborhoods connected to community facilities. Rechargeable electric bikes and communities that do not need dependence on cars.

Local farmers producing the organic produce for local consumption and using compost made from food waste generated in the communities.

Rainwater treated as a resource and recycled at each home and business. Pervious pavements and parking lots so the flooding is prevented and communities require less water per capita.

Living with nature will bring prosperity to us all as free sunshine, free rain, free land for geothermal system is used smartly and eating natural foods makes us healthy.

What we need is the will to take green initiatives and continue on the path of sustainable community planning. It has started and better days are ahead.

Our 50th Earth Day will be a great celebration.

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