Green Talk in Florida discusses how we can help the planet

Wed, 2013-09-18 08:37

In his Climate Action Speech delivered on June 25, 2013, President Obama put forth plans to reduce carbon emissions, improve energy efficiency, and prepare for protection against inevitable climate impacts. Among the many commitments, the President also issued a call to action: “Understand, this is not just a job for politicians. So I’m going to need all of you, to educate your classmates, your colleagues, your parents, your friends.” A community in Hollywood, FL is answering that call with the help of Everblue instructor Greg Hamra.

photo Greg Hamra and Mallikarjuna ChittiMallikarjuna Chitti is a LEED AP and Team Leader of the Pembroke Falls GreenClub. The group was formed to allow for open discussions, idea sharing, and collaboration among residents in a Florida community where sustainability issues are garnering more attention. Mallikarjuna reached out to Greg to share his expertise with members of the GreenClub at a GreenTalk titled “Making Green Meaningful to Pembroke Falls and Residents.” Greg presented to the group and facilitated a discussion to address what the community could be doing to promote economically sound, environmentally beneficial decision-making.

Greg began by drawing the audience’s attention to the extent of the impacts that human actions actually have upon our fragile planet. This included a brief discussion of the costs related to our choices, opportunities to make a difference, and ways to reduce impacts. A clear distinction was drawn between doing ‘good’ vs. doing ‘less bad’ when it comes to our impacts upon the planet. In both cases, the right choice can improve one’s community, reduce pollution, protect precious resources, save money, and enhance one’s own health, quality of life, and well being.

Greg empowered the audience with the ways everyday citizens can use their own influence to drive positive change. Attendees left the interactive presentation with a heightened awareness of how their own simple behaviors, consumption choices, and purchasing decisions can make a difference.

Mallikarjuna was pleased and inspired by the response and the feedback that came from the Green Talk. “[Greg’s] seminar is one of the initiating seeds sowed to bring about environmental awareness in this community. It was a small and humble start, but indeed was a good one, and I am positive that it is only a matter of time for the green message to spread and pick up momentum in the entire community,” he said. We look forward to keeping up with the GreenClub and following their progress.

Across the country, grassroots efforts such as the one in Pembroke Falls, FL are gaining traction. Voices are being heard. Changes are being made. Communities aren’t waiting for politicians and legislation to move toward a more sustainable future for our planet, our health, and our economy. They are answering the President’s call through education and home-grown efforts.

What’s happening in your community and in your workplace? Are you seeing a shift toward more environmentally sound practices? Maybe you are the agent of change your community or workplace needs. Check out Everblue’s training programs for energy auditing, green building, sustainability management, and renewable energy to start learning and making a difference now!

By Amy Malloy


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