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Today is the 40th annual World Environment Day, and this year's theme is "Green Economy: Does it include you?"

Fromt their the United Nation's Environment Programme's website:

The UN Environment Programme defines the Green Economy as one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. In its simplest expression, a green economy can be thought of as one which is low carbonresource efficient and socially inclusive.

I consider myself absolutely part of the Green Economy–perhaps doubly so–here at Heifer International. Not only is the office I report to every day a LEED Platinum-rated building with 100 solar panels, a large part of what we do is to help build the green economy in the developing countries where we work.

From biogas and other energy-saving stoves to aquaculture, we help our project communities take our interventions beyond subsistence to develop commercially viable, market-oriented industries with an eye toward reducing environmental harm.

What about you? Are you part of the Green Economy? Tell us how in the comments section.


Brooke Edwards

Brooke Edwards is from Little Rock, Arkansas, and started working at Heifer International in 2009 as a writer. She and her husband raise two daughters in a house way too small for their four pets. They spend a lot of time sweeping.