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kelly crespo

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Does a catastrophic event need to occur, for people to demand cleaner energy?

We are facing a silent killer, using non-renuable resources are slowing destroying our home however the initiatives are moving to slow. We can think of it as high blood pressure, people only pay attention to it after they have been to the hospital. What will it take to wake up?


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  • Mar 4 2013: I agree that something catastrophic must occur to wake America and the world up to dangers of climate change, however, this is not as pessimistic as it may seem. (In fact, it does offer some hope!) In 1989 as the Soviet Bloc was falling, Cuba was cut from many trade ties, it's GDP plummeting, and its resources scarce. In the midst of this crisis, the Cuban people and government banded together, enacting real change and implementing sustainable practices, such as organic agriculture, biking as the main source of transportation, and the use of alternative energy to power the economy. Today, Cuba is an example to the rest of the world of how sustainability can be good for the economy, of how these changes are exactly what we need to reverse climate change. What sort of hope do you take from this example? Do you think this sort of "banding together" and "real change" is possible in larger, democratic nations like the United States?

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