Tourism impacts on the environment. While we want to promote travel and understandings of our inter-connected world, we also have to ensure that this is done in a way that does not destroy our environment – being truly sustainable – enjoying nature’s resources now while we do not preclude future generations’ ability to enjoy nature too.
If like me, you have become exasperated with the ‘guilt-trip’ attached to the message of being green, then Carbon Nation is for you (drum roll!) Why? Well because it goes about giving us this information in a positive way, in an empowering way, in a way that you know you can do something and that why shouldn’t you? i.e. it makes logical sense, to be a part of the green economy. Because, yes we are all ambassadors of the earth and we all want to make it a better place, but realistically, for many people, we would not do this unless there was some sort of economic benefit, I know it sounds a bit politically incorrect but that is life and that is just the way things are.
Have we thought about the immense ways that the green economy can lead to huge changes, for the environment but also for our economy, growth and as a way to stimulate advancement? This is directly applicable to every country, every nation state.
Why? Well, if we think of Nigeria’s current development rate, how much more could it grow if we had more jobs, something that the green economy provides. How? By building houses that are eco-friendly, we need to have more builders. By installing solar panels to make use of our weather (sunshine all year), we solve the problem of the lack of electricity. Electricity is the one huge detriment to our advancement as a society. How does a business remain viable when all its profits are expended on diesel and fuel costs?
Then we go to farming – more education and more ingenious ways of farming can only result in Nigeria being better able to feed itself. When our farmers and students are encouraged to study agriculture and related subjects, then we are better able to revolutionalise the sector – be more productive, more commercially viable, provide jobs, reduce the rapid urbanisation of our country and also maintain a sector that has been allowed to deteriorate at an alarming rate.
If you are interested in knowing more about the movie, visit http://www.carbonnationmovie.com/