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Global Warming and PovertyIt’s easy to become frustrated by the disconnect between scientists and politicians regarding climate change.  In some countries (like the US), it’s not even a disconnect – it’s an outright debate over whether global warming is happening and whether human activity is a factor.

Fortunately, attitudes are shifting closer to the scientific consensus.  Even in America – one of the last remaining strongholds of climate change denial – the tide is turning.

Unusually brutal hurricanes in late fall have a way of influencing public opinion.

But is growing awareness amongst constituents enough to tip the balance?  After all, politicians are often driven by more pressing, short-term mandates like economic development or ending poverty – areas in which progress is easier to document within a 2, 4, or 6-year election cycle.

Even the greenest of candidates might shy away from the types of long-term solutions many climate scientists advocate.  It’s hard to pitch a 10-year environmental plan if voters must assess your performance in the here and now.

Well, we’ve got good news – in fact, double good news.

Turn Down the Heat – Climate Change as Key to Ending Poverty

In a landmark report, Turn Down the Heat, released by the World Bank, climate change emerged as one of the most important factors in combating global poverty.

According to World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim, “We will never end poverty if we don't tackle climate change.  It is one of the single biggest challenges to social justice today.”

In other words, fighting climate change isn’t simply an environmental issue any more.  Of course, many businesses already realized as much when their supply chains and services were interrupted by Hurricane Sandy.  But now the leading authority on global poverty has added its 2 cents.

Why is this good news?

Because this report draws a direct link between the economic development that typically guides political action and the environmental protection that most of us agree needs to happen.

In other words, selling 5, 10, or even 50-year environmental platforms should become easier.  Rather than view regulations and protections as job destroyers, we can reframe them as job creators – a major plus during one of the worst economic crises in recent memory.

That’s good news #1.  Now for #2.

We Don’t Need to Wait 5, 10, or Even 50 Years to Turn Down the Heat

At Re-Nuble, we’d love to see more politicians throw their weight behind long-term global warming solutions.  Cutting emissions, improving fuel efficiency, investing in new technologies – these are all critically important.  Any news that makes implementing such standards should be viewed as “good news.”

But it gets better.

There exist a range of immediate, short-term solutions we can begin implementing today.  Solutions that don’t require political risk – or even political input, for that matter.

Our entire business model revolves around one such solution:

  • Collecting the 1.3 billion tons of food waste that we already produce every year
  • Recycling this uneaten food into green energy and natural fertilizer
  • Using both of these resources to reduce reliance on fossil fuel and improve the quality of our food, air, and water

It’s a simple fix, and the resources are already at our disposal.  We’re simply not using them.  In fact, we’re spending money not to use them and paying with our health and environment in the process.

Think it’s silly to clear trees so we can grow food that doesn’t get eaten?  We think it’s silly too.

Join us today and help us put a stop to this.  If not for environmental or health reasons – do it because Re-Nuble’s mission also plays a small role in eradicating global poverty and spurring local economic development.

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