Why investing in the environment while people are starving?
The devastation of ecosystems is exactly what causes human starvation in the first place. With green lands turned to deserts, human population loses both the land to which can be used for agriculture and the land that can feed farm animals. It was the misguided use of fertile land that caused these problems in the first place. Without planned and organized agriculture and farming, companies and locals were exploiting the fertile lands up until the point they became completely exhausted. Investments that are put into the recovery of the land come back with amazing benefits. Indeed, recovery of decertified lands requires great effort and investment, but it is necessary in order for countries to regain their natural resources. Without natural resources, every country is at risk of reaching the point of starvation, regardless of its industrial development.
Ecosystem recovery projects are expensive and ineffective?
It definitely takes at least several years for the results of ecosystem recovery projects to show. The progress is slow, yet fruitful. Even though ecosystem recovery projects demand great investment, within several years, the local population usually begins to see the benefits. Ecosystem recovery projects first show results in native plant world recovery. Areas that were once deserted, turn into green fields, live ecosystems which soon after become homes to animal species that weren’t seen in these areas for a long time. Once barren desserts come to life, local population begins to see the value of the effort that was put to the recovery of desertified areas, as well as the monetary investment. In the long term perspective, every effort to restore green ecosystems is well worth it. However, it takes patience during the first few years, before the results start to show.
Does “going green” hurt the economy?
General public believes that economic development is only possible with the use of fossil fuels and exploitation of natural resources. Exploitation of natural resources is the biggest obstacle for economies to overcome in order to adjust to the use of green technologies. While economies that are based on the exploitation of natural resources progress faster in the beginning, they encounter issues when the resources are drained. Opposite to that, economies that have oriented towards green technologies did so out of the realization that the progress will be slower at the beginning, but constant in the long-term perspective. An economy that is based on green technologies depends on the scientific progress and production of green technology, and not on the exploitation of natural resources. For this reason, a green economy can bring progress to the entire society.