What’s Real Cost of Not Going Green?

People from all walks of life are being affected by corporate greed but what are the options?
The Oil companies and utility companies of America would have us all believe that turning to green technologies is difficult expensive and in the long run will not help the American people at all. Yet nothing could be further than the truth. With the effects of global warming becoming more and more apparent there are only a few moronic voices still holding on to pipe dreams of bygone years and not willing to accept that if America is to remain a world leader we must change our destructive and resource wasting ways and change soon. To do otherwise would have far greater consequences than the loss of a mountain range or two. The fact of the matter is the cost of environmental damage in 2010 is equivalent to over 7 trillion dollars according to the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative over 11 percent of global GDP (Gross Domestic Product which is the primary indicator used to guage a country’s economy). Lower GDP means a failing economy.
So who is causing all this damage? Mainly it is 3,000 public companies that are responsible for $2.19 trillion, or one-third, of all global environmental damage. Most of these environment damaging businesses are utilities, oil and gas producers, and industrial metals and mining. Environmental damage costs are usually higher than the cost of preventing pollution and loss of natural resources in fact some economists predict that workers and retirees could see lower or non- existent pension payments from funds invested in companies ravaged by environmental costs. This has already occurred in the United States Airline Industry and is bound many say to affect other sectors if we do not change the status quo

AUTHOR FINDS GREEN LIVING WISDOM IN AMISH PRINCIPLES Offers Money Saving Tips with Positive Environmental Impact

Author, journalist Lorilee Craker, felt the pinch from the financial fallout of 2008 like many others. As a freelance writer, her income was going the way of the dodo—family dollars seemed like an extinct myth, the bank account some archeological evidence of past prosperity.
After interviewing Bill O’Brien, the Lancaster County banker, she realized it was time to learn more about the Amish’s time-tested approach to personal finances. In 2008, when venerable banks were failing, Bill’s HomeTowne Heritage Bank—whose client base is 95% Amish—had its best year ever. She discovered that the Amish emerged from the economic crisis unscathed, when Wall Street crashed. While the middle-class was wringing its hands over the family budget and the wealthy were weeping over their slashed portfolios, the Amish were content as always, spared from the cares of the world and worldliness. They not only had financial health to support their lives, they exuded a wholeness that eludes so many when the financial bottom drops out. That’s where the idea behind her new book Money Secrets of the Amish was birthed.