Another year has passed and here we are as the citizens of this Earth celebrating another Earths Day. This years theme for Earth Day is "Environment & Climate Literacy". Honestly it seems like very big words for I even to comprehend so I am going to focus on the part of being a green voter for a simple individual and how we can do our small parts.
"Environment & Climate Literacy" is an engine not only for creating green voters and advancing environment and climate laws and policies but also for accelerating green technologies and jobs. Courtesy of Earth Day.Org
This years theme could not be more perfect and I have a feeling that when they were coming with this years theme, they were thinking of South Dakota and the Mayhem that occurred. This decade did start with few events that we need to really think of our environemnt. To remind you all from March 2011, the disaster in Fukushima Japan and The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010 still has their lasting effects on our beautiful Earth where we reside and to add to this problem, the growing population of our world. Many nations around the world is coming together and educating our citizens the importance of being Green as these disasters are irreversible. Without educating, our citizens we will be clueless on what to do and more importantly how to do. Slowly once all is on board we will have many green voters.
What is Green Voters? This is turning that part that focuses on you and the whole population around the world to understand the importance of being green and what products or what certain technologies will help us in the future to be more conscious and benefit the environment. Every product that is manufactured today has some sort of effect on our environment. Either when it is getting created or when it is getting used or even the way the product is getting disposed. In all those three stages we hold the power of deciding on to using or not using a certain product. Yes, this is when I would like you to make a "smart" decision and say, "no, due to all the hazard that it will cause in our environment, I will not use this product". At the end, you decided to be green. Your deciding factor of being green is a vote for being green. Hence you are a "Green Voter"
However, the statement that was provided with the Earth.Org states a little more in depth going into Laws and Policies. For years, we have a certain group of people that have dedicated themselves and they are considered as activist. They fight with our government who sometimes gets blind sighted with money or short term goals when they pass certain bills that might harm our environment and this is when we want you to do your part. Many say, how can we take our time out of our day and go fight with the government.
Don't worry, if we decide not to use a product, the manufacturer will be forced to invest more into another product that will be more environment friendly which will help to create jobs. Remember the saying , "out with old and in with the new". In order to roll these new ideas, we have to start manufacturing those products that are less hazardous and once you as a green voter stop buying the old products that are harming our environment, it will create a need for the newer products and we will be able to boost our manufacturing industry with jobs and also their investments might help other industries to become more efficient in producing products that are environment friendly.
Finally, for Laws and Bills. There is two ways you can do your part. The first way to do your part is very simple. I hate talking about money but your donation matters. Whenever someone is asking for donation, usually it is a non profit organization that is raising money to cause an awareness and money is used for the general good.
Secondly you can help by not supporting the bill. You can partake in petitions, talk to people and educate them on the bills that are about to be or has been passed and how can we change the bills. Donate your time in helping with the people that are helping these causes. Use any form of social medias, ask your local city councils on what they are doing to advance the city you live in to be green or even in the company you work for.
Remember that your actions speaks louder than words. If you cant go out there and fight with the senate or set up a tent outside your city council, the easiest thing you can do to be green is when you are shopping. Your purchasing power determines one to be green.
Happy Earth Day 2017
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If you believe the class genius is a loner because he’s an arrogant know-it-all, or because he’s socially awkward, that’s not (necessarily) the case. Instead, it might be because he or she is honestly happier without the incessant inane prattling of mere mortals like you, or I.
New research published by the British Journal of Psychology in February, authored by evolutionary psychologists Norman Li from the Singapore Management University and Satoshi Kanazawa from the London School of Economics, suggests that smarter people may be happier going it alone.
According to them our roots in ancient hunter-gatherer society, in what they call”the savanna theory of happiness,” explains our current perception of happiness. They use the theory to explain the outcome of a survey of 15,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 28.
Analyzing the statistics and demographics of the survey, they found that (unsurprisingly) people who lived in areas with more people per unit area were less happy. On the other hand, people with more social interactions (again no surprises here) said that they were happier.
Here’s the shocker though: smarter people were not as strongly affected by the above two factors. In fact, they might even be happier living in denser areas with less interaction with others.
“The effect of population density on life satisfaction was therefore more than twice as large for low-IQ individuals than for high-IQ individuals. More intelligent individuals were actually less satisfied with life if they socialized with their friends more frequently.”
Yes, you heard that right.
“Residents of rural areas and small towns are happier than those in suburbs, who in turn are happier than those in small central cities, who in turn are happier than those in large central cities,” they explain the obvious part 1 of their findings. “Our ancestors lived as hunter–gatherers in small bands of about 150 individuals. In such settings, having frequent contact with lifelong friends and allies was likely necessary for survival and reproduction for both sexes.”
So we are instinctively wired to work together and to thrive in relatively small communities. However, times have changed significantly since then… and according to the researchers, smarter people may have simply become more adapt at dealing with the new normal.
“More intelligent individuals, who possess higher levels of general intelligence and thus greater ability to solve evolutionarily novel problems, may face less difficulty in comprehending and dealing with evolutionarily novel entities and situations.”
Remember, this conclusion was reached by individuals who are probably above-average in terms of intelligence to begin with. It is also just a theory, and not a reason to avoid that guy who keeps dropping random factoids (he’s probably not really that bright anyway). Then there’s another possibility: maybe some people just can’t stand conversations that consistently revolve around celebrity worship?
Sources: The Washington Post, Live Science