Environmental Protection: Does the World Need Green Action Heroes?

Wind powerPhoto: Billy Hathorn

Protection of the environment is considered by some to be of value in this world. There are innovative methods being developed that could possibly make its success more eminent. Second-guessing the importance of this facet in our lives, as some people tend to second guess actors in movies, substantially downgrades some of the elements in our world we depend on to survive:

 

  • land
  • water
  • air
  • food

Putting into perspective solutions that may be quantifiably unmeasurable can be difficult. However, bringing the fight for action on behalf of the environment should be a stringent endeavor to protect the world we live in.

Every effort to improve protection of the environment is an important aspect of global stewardship. A good action-packed movie with seven action heroes may be an escape, but it could also be an idea of how to bring environmental policies back from the sidelines. For example, how many explosions wWould it take the group of men in the movie “The Expendables” to set off in order to defend our environment? However, watching any movie is not a sophisticated business. The manner in which governmental leaders are being influenced by leaders of industry is.

Maybe mobilizing a group of adrenaline-laced men who all have a tireless expulsion of energy to protect the environment, enforce policies and laws isn’t so bad? They could possibly collaborate with governments and industry to search out better technologies and help implement solutions. Many in the world would regard their task as fated, which isn’t much different than the adaptation of many scripts that successfully make it to the big screen. Yet, the difference here would be to save the environment. Working with environmental organizations such as the EPA, Greenpeace, the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) would probably be feasible.

ForestPhoto: freepixels.com

A group of action heroes protecting our global environment could be technologically innovative and maybe green could have been a recurring theme in the movie. They could have used green lasers. They are significantly brighter than red (about 60 times), the power of the laser beam is just a few mW because the crystal conversion efficiency is very low, the eye is much more sensitive to the green laser because of its wavelength and it is just cool looking.

As a team, the heroes in the movie were forced by their enemies to step back, yet they went from place to place, pilfering and acquiring calamity, but continuing to fight. The fight to help individuals and businesses become more aware of renewable energy technologies is almost urgent. Wind power is in great demand today. In the next five years, 447 GW is what the wind power capacity will reach. Asia will lead in installed wind capacity by the end of 2014. The State of Nevada has positioned itself to lead in production of energy from geothermal heat sources, possibly running ahead of California.

To convert radiation from any heat source to power, Thermo-photovoltaic (TPV) cells are great. When glass or steel is produced, wasted heat is released, which helps cells generate power. With the addition of TPV cells to domestic power systems, power and heating water is generated. The costs for the cells have been reduced greatly. In the future, air travel may be less noisy and less exhaust may also be given off. Even the United States Postal Service is getting on the fast-track to reach the goal for energy reduction with green roofs, green buildings and efficient management of energy consumption. Even more jobs may be possible with increased renewable energy resources.

What Would The Group Of Men Do As Activists? Differentiation in how one approaches environmental protection could be an approach to compete with groups that help influence policy. Opinions are polarized on both sides of the playing field in regards to “going green.” It may be worthwhile for a company to be green and environmentally proactive. Yet, some companies may think there is no need to be green. Governments supply these essential public services. Sometimes companies are not aware of the competitive area, conducting business on unsound information. With an environmental conscience, “you have to look deeper” and look through other lenses.

Stop Global WarmingPhoto: Salvatore Barbera from Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Differentiation environmentally could be the use of a super-group of individuals to carry out policy enforcement by staying on top of issues and actions of land and water spills, dumping, air pollution, over-used and shortages of natural resources and food quality. However, even the most well-meaning ideas can have cautionary risks. For differentiation to work on behalf of the environment, you must be willing to stand up with honest communication processes to let companies and individuals know where they stand. A tireless expulsion of energy is needed to focus on being called to global service.

It is our duty to help find methods that do not mimic past trends but take into consideration how a future win can be different and discontinuous from the past. Strategies must be flexible in order to alter conditions.

2000 US Electricity Generation by SourcePhoto: Daniel.Cardenas (talk)

A recent “Manager’s Guide to Forecasting” notes that, of the many non-extrapolative methods now in use, the scenario method is a popular and strong choice in developing strategies for the future. The critical goal of the scenario is to guide managers and executives in their thinking about the future and the implications of the future. The impetus has been the errors of past extrapolative forecasting. An example of this error was the failure of the energy industry to conceive of and plan for the energy crisis of the 1970s. The error: the assumption that the future will be a continuation of the past.

Many scenarios are being brought together to focus attention on groups that influence industry and their talking points. A future snapshot should be created emphasizing integration of both quantifiable economic and demographic data, along with a variety of technological environments, social attitudes and political trends.

Sources: 1. E. Hoff, Thomas, Richard Perez, “Quantifying PV Power Output Variability, Clean Power Research”, The University of Albany, Albany, NY, Solar Energy Volume 84(10), pp. 1782-1793, October 2010.

2. A. Whiteley, Meredith, John D. Porter, James L. Morrison, Nelle Moore, “Developing Scenarios: Linking Environmental Scanning and Strategic Planning”, Planning for Higher Education, 47-60.

3. Reinhardt, Forest, “Going Green Makes Good Business Sense”, Harvard Business School.

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