Our Darkest Moment – Our Biggest Opportunity
Warren Buffett: “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
Right this second, we are watching a global catastrophe unfold all across the planet. We see Koalas and other animals burning up before our eyes. We see various species indigenous in the Amazon on fire as well as the entire state of California. We see floods devastate cities and neighborhoods from Mumbai, India to Venice, Italy to New Orleans, Louisiana to Kenya and Uganda in Africa. We see droughts forcing huge swathes of people to leave their ancestral homes and seek refuge elsewhere. This is a climate emergency and it is creating climate refugees. People are forced to relocate due to climate change affecting places they, and the generations before them, called home.
The sea level is rising because air temperature is increasing and ice caps are melting. The air is polluted with fossil-fuels, the oceans are full of plastic, the roads are congested, and it all seems too much to bear. Water systems are aging, industries spew toxins in the water and the air, and there are rising rates of asthma, heart disease, and cancer in the most polluted communities. Sadly, low income, black and brown communities bear the brunt of the pollution and waste while affluent white communities are typically spared.
WE ARE A GLOBAL COMMUNITY
In 2017, 18 million people were forced to move due to natural disasters. According to a World Bank report in 2018, it was forecasted that by 2050, there may be 143 million climate change refugees, or migrants, from Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and southeast Asia looking for a safe place to live, intensifying the competition for food, water, and other resources in the Middle East, North Africa, and parts of Central America. According to Morgan Stanley, climate disasters have cost North America $415 billion in the last 3 years due to hurricanes and wildfires. We cannot wait to act.
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS GOING IT ALONE
Natural disasters caused by climate change effect black and brown communities disproportionately, and comprise the most physically, financially, mentally, and socially at risk communities. These communities become further marginalized during the disaster recovery process. As an example, after Hurricane Katrina, the people most impacted in the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans were permanently displaced. The vast majority of those people were black. Black homeowners received approximately $8,000 less in government aid than white homeowners. More than 50% of people who live near a toxic waste dump are people of color.
You are just one person. We are just one company. What can we do? Alone, your impact may be limited. But together, we can do anything.
If we want climate justice, we must work toward racial and economic justice. We must educate those around us about the relationship of climate justice to the current climate crisis and advocate for bold climate policies that focus on the most vulnerable in our society.
JOIN THE GREEN TEAM AT ANDROMEDA DISTRICT
Don’t despair. There is hope. We must remake the system with a regenerative energy infrastructure emphasizing clean and sustainable energy resources. We must have an inclusive democracy. We must have an equitable economy.
We have been putting nature back into the lives of thousands of people one vertical green garden wall at a time and this is only the beginning. Our dedication to the environment drives our business.
By 2030, we aim to install every office building, apartment complex, and commercial property with a sustainable, biodiverse, living green wall. This is how we hope to change the world one wall, or one planter, at a time. Please join us in our efforts today.
There are very few things in life that benefit us individually and globally. We need your creativity, your hope, and your commitment to a better world for your children and grandchildren. Change your world and change the planet. Call us and we’ll tell you how.
Contact Andromeda District today for a free consultation.