CBC's The Hour recently completed their challenge for Canadians to do "One Million Acts of Green". Kudos to all participants. This challenge is still ongoing. For more information check it out here.

The new challenge for Canada, is to reach Two Million Acts of Green. According to the website, they are hoping to reach this new goal by summer. Many businesses and individuals are participating in this effort. Good luck to all. If interested in learning more click here.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Okay, I can't end like this -- I have to address NIMBY

After my very first post, our prof told me that I should have talked about the not in my back yard issue. Yes, it is an actual syndrome. Using the acronym NIMBY. It even has a listing in Wikipedia. According to the listing in Wikipedia "The term was coined in the 1980s by British politician Nicholas Ridley, who was Conservative Secretary of State for the Environment." So it's been around for almost three decades now.

I found information discussing how it presents challenges to companies and industries. Check out the article here discussing the topic. This particular article talks about energy -- solar and wind. This article acknowledges that the NIMBY opponents are a minority but still a very significant minority. It also indicated that even though people do not want these energy facilities near them, the preferred two types of energy are wind and solar.

Another article that I came across is about how to live with the NIMBY syndrome. It is from the Ethical Spectacle. A very interesting article that talks about many instances throughout history that could possibly be considered akin to this syndrome. It presents the impression that NIMBYism has been around for much longer than when it was coined in the 1980s.

No matter how we look at it, it's been around for a long time, it's not going to go away. Keep plugging away at the things you feel worth fighting for and use every means of advocacy that you can. Get the word out. Get the activity going and don't back down from the challenge. Good will prevail from these efforts!

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