29 Jul '11, 2pm

Cork: A Model of Sustainable Business

Cork: A Model of Sustainable Business

When it comes to the functional integrity of the biosphere, small things matter. Indeed, it is the small things in the global ecosystem that keep Homo sapiens and other forms of life alive. Ants produce soil. Bees pollinate a third of all the food we eat. Similarly, it is the small daily purchases that we make day-in and day-out that add up to global market demand, and it is the characteristics of market demand that instigates—or helps reduce global ecological pressures. For example, the estimated ninety million tons of global warming pollution emitted every day does not come from just a few large sources but from contributions made by millions of emitters, large and small, each adding to a problem that has become nothing less than a planetary emergency. In the same way, the single disposable plastic bag you might unwittingly take home from the grocery might not seem like ...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/ahershkowitz/cork_a_mod...

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