Politicians aren't the only leaders out there pushing for businesses and individuals to embrace green practices, such as reducing waste and carbon emissions for the sake of the planet (and the economy). Religious leaders are chiming in as well.
On Sunday at a gathering in Loreto, Italy, Pope Benedict XVI called for people (well, specifically young Catholics, according to the AP, but I bet he'd liked others to follow suit) to take steps to better protect the Earth. "Before it's too late, we need to make courageous choices that will recreate a strong alliance between man and Earth. ... We need a decisive 'yes' to care for creation and a strong commitment to reverse those trends that risk making the situation of decay irreversible."
Apparently, the Vatican is taking steps of its own to be eco-friendly. According to the report, "the Vatican ... has joined a reforestation project aimed at offsetting its CO2 emissions, and has also said it was installing solar cells on the roof of its main auditorium."
Moreover, at the gathering, participants received "biodegradable plates, recycling bags for their trash and a hand-cranked cell-phone recharger." (I wonder if they saw my guide to green geek goodies?)
I find it fascinating and heartening how this green wave has spread, becoming a common bond among differing business, political, and religious leaders. But it really should not be a surprise. More and more people are beginning to realize that the beauty of "going green" is, it's not only good for the planet and its inhabitants, but it's good for business, giving companies a way to save money by eliminating wasteful practices. I think that's been pretty well-documented.
And as I've said before, as more and more leaders and citizens of this little blue-green planet of ours clamor for ways to reduce waste, technologists will continue to play a vital role in developing the tools to make that green dream a reality.