There is something a bit magical about the place where we live. We like to think it's not just the beautiful mountains that give the Green Mountain State its nickname, but also our progressive approach to environmental conservation.
Last week I attended the United Nations Social Innovation Summit in New York City. As always at such conferences, there were many brilliant speakers, innovators and giant conglomerates talking about their sustainability agenda in an era when to not to do so would be a sign of immoral capitalism.
It's a simple process. Walk outside. Open a canister. Fill it with air. See what's there. And this spring, what's there in the Arctic's air is a new number no one wants to see: 400 parts per million, a milestone in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels the Earth hasn't experienced in (count 'em) 800,000 years. Here's another number: 1.
Summer's here and our faucets are running full bore. We're watering lawns and washing cars, filling pools and tall glasses, too. But the supplies of the water we're relying on to keep our whistles wet are shrinking each year. And that makes every drop worth saving.
There's a saying you've probably heard before, it goes something like, "Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime." Well, there's a group called Generation Enterprise and they're teaching the world's urban youth how to fish.
While you always know when you've helped the environment, it can be hard to know just how much. But there's a ticker on our home page that spells it out in black and white. And sometime today, it's passing a real milestone: The 500,000th tree saved from the axe.