A short ‘Being Green‘ post this week, and a day late it is, too. T’is now November 20, and that means the Greenbuild International Expo is winding down for this year; people are taking down their booths and taking in their final tours of the ‘Windy City’. I wasn’t present for this conference, but I’ve been following what’s been happening through the web and through Twitter, and there have been some great presentations. A number of videos from the conference are available through the Greenbuild Speakers page; more archived sessions will be added shortly. In addition, the people at ED+C magazine have a blog site dedicated to Greenbuild, available here.
I don’t know if Greenbuild is the largest conference of its kind this year. It certainly isn’t the only one, and more and conferences, sessions, workshops, etc. have been coming into being around the world every year. I find it fascinating to see because when I wrote my first letter about Canada’s environmental issues to a federal politician some 37 years ago, I couldn’t imagine the tour de force that the ‘green’ movement has become today. Entire new industries have been created, new products invented, new policies and regulations brought into being, and thousands or more likely millions of people now work in a field that in one way or another helps the planet and its inhabitants.
When I used to write those first letters all those years ago, I had one subscript that I added to all of them: This earth may be some 25,000 miles in diameter, but she’s a tiny blue marble in the vastness of space. If we screw this up, we have nowhere else to go. So, to everyone who works in an environmental or ‘green’ field, to everyone who helps to educate upcoming generations to understand their amazing legacy, and to everyone who, in his or her own way, tries to walk a little more lightly on the earth, my thanks.
P.S. A part of the Greenbuild conference has been a number of walking tours of the host city, Chicago. Seeing ‘green’ skyscrapers is probably the better option, but I have to admit that the ‘Chocolate Tasting‘ tour would get my vote… assuming it’s organic, fair trade chocolate, of course.