How much is a healthy environment worth? 
Is clean air & water priceless ?

 

   

 

2,000 studies (peer-reviewed) showing the strong relationship between particle pollution, illness, hospitalization and premature death.**

**American Lung Association

Average temperatures have climbed 

1.4 degrees Fahrenheit (0.8 degree Celsius) around the world since 1880

NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies

 
If 10 % 
of the nation's workforce tele-commuted 
1 day / week
they would avoid the frustration of driving
24.4 million miles, breathe air with 
12,963 tons less air pollution, and conserve more than  
1.2 million gallons of fuel each week.

National Environmental Policy Institute (NEPI) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Need more numbers?

Need the information as a story?

Would you like the story in pictures?

     
 

 

 

 

 
Is there any downside to avoiding killer levels of smog?
 
 
 
Avoiding The Down-Turn: Out of gas! - 
Out of money! - Out of Security!

 

 

What would you do with almost 1 entire month extra time? 
How about the  vacation you always wanted to take?
 
 
 
 
 
Avoiding Stress, saving time: It takes me 0 (zero) minutes 
to "drive" to my office!

 

 

The New Freedom: My cubicle just become open and mobile!

 

 

Something to look forward to: One Day A Month 
... One Day A Week ... or more

 

 

Being Closer To My Family

 

 

 

In case you like stories, here are the benefits expressed in short stories:

 

 

 

The Year 1348

Imagine living in the year 1348 in Europe. The Black Death was the greatest natural disaster to strike Medieval Europe. An estimated 75 million people were killed by it. 
The plague was spread by fleas living on black rats. The dreadful hygiene of the middle ages encouraged the spread of the disease. 

Imagine knowing in 1348 what you know today about hygiene yet living like this:

* Towns were dirty places
* No sewage system - people threw toilet waste into the street along with other rubbish
* Pigs allowed to roam eating the rubbish
* Local rivers were polluted with toilet waste thrown into it.

Now imagine yourself standing up at a municipal council meeting and suggesting a sewage system should be considered and the response being that there was no proof that established causality between the feces on the streets and in the rivers and the Black Plague?

Imagine yourself asking the council the following question:

What is the downside of taking the toilet waste off the street?

 

Old 

Lessons

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New

Solutions

 

 

The Year 2048

Imagine living in the year 2050. The streets are silent. Cars and trucks are powered by clean silent energy. The air is crisp and fresh and there is an abundance of mountain spring quality water in all cities. Information technology has created such high levels of efficiency that there are enough resources to feed the world population. Large solar farms are all over the warm climate regions. They provide a vast majority of the electricity. Wind farms are turning wind into energy all over the world.

The abundance of energy allows to allocate resources to education which has lifted previously poor countries out of poverty and put them on the road to prosperity.

High efficiency has created lots of additional leisure time which you are free to spend with your family and friends. 

The greater amount of prosperity has dramatically decreased the amount of national crime rates and international conflicts.

Imagine yourself standing up at a municipal council meeting in your town pointing out the 700 year anniversary of the lesson called : "save your planet, save yourself, save your children's future!"

 

 

If you are someone who is interested in more details:

 

U.S.  Government DATA**:

Smog can adversely affect the lungs and heart, and has been linked to increased respiratory and cardiovascular
hospitalizations. It can aggravate pre-existing heart and lung conditions such as asthma, emphysema and bronchitis and in some cases can result in premature death.

Sensitive groups include:

People with lung diseases  (e.g., asthma) and
heart conditions

Seniors

Children

Pregnant women

People with allergies

Smokers

People who work or exercise outdoors

Climate change:

Average temperatures have climbed 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit (0.8 degree Celsius) around the world since 1880, much of this in recent decades, according to NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

***The U.S. EPA, NOAA, NPS, tribal, state, and local agencies developed the AIRNow Web site

Air Pollution:

More than 2,000 peer-reviewed studies on the subject have been published since 1996, when the EPA last reviewed the standards for particle pollution. The new studies validate the research done before 1996, showing the strong relationship between particle pollution, illness, hospitalization and premature death.**

**American Lung Association

The Green Global Office as a way to reduce paper usage:

Americans recycled 42 million tons of paper last year—50% of what they used—but still pulverized the rest. Paper does grow on trees: 900 million of them every year become pulp and paper.

We can reduce that number by buying more recycled paper. It uses 60% less energy than virgin paper. Each ton purchased saves 4,000 kW-h of energy, 7,000 gal. of water and 17 trees, and a tree has the capacity to filter up to 60 lbs. of pollutants from the air.

Ozone:

Ozone is formed at ground level when pollutants
emitted by cars, refineries, chemical plants and other sources react chemically in the presence of sunlight. Ground-level ozone is a harmful pollutant, and must not be confused with the protective ozone in the upper atmosphere which shields the earth from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conservation and the concept of Pooling:

With transport accounting for more than 30% of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, one of the best ways to reduce them is avoiding tranporation or by pooling such as using public transportation. Public transit saves an estimated 1.4 billion gal. of gas annually, which translates into about 14 million tons of CO2, according to the American Public Transportation Association.

Unfortunately, 88% of all trips in the U.S. are by car. Partly, that's because public transportation is more readily available in big urban areas. One promising alternative is bus rapid transit (BRT), which features extra-long carriers running in dedicated lanes. Buses emit more carbon than trains, but that can be minimized by using hybrid or compressed -natural-gas engines. A study last year by the Breakthrough Technologies Institute found that a BRT system in a medium-size U.S. city could cut emissions by as much as 654,000 tons over 20 years.

Thanks to high gas prices, miles driven per motorist dropped in 2005 for the first time since 1980, according to the Pew Research Center. The U.S. is ready to change. 

 

Climate change:

The rate of warming is increasing. The 20th century's last two decades were the hottest in 400 years and possibly the warmest for several millennia, according to a number of climate studies. And the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that 11 of the past 12 years are among the dozen warmest since 1850.

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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