I”m sure you’ve heard the green arguments. Whether it”s the argument that the world is always warming and cooling anyways, or the one that says scientist are fudging data. Or perhaps people have tried to convince you that CO2 is harmless and our plants actually need it for them to grow. Then of course, for the meetings and events industry anyways, the argument will then turn towards do we really need to focus on green meetings or sustainability?
Good grief where do I begin!
There is a saying that I like to quote often – “you can”t reason out what was never reasoned in”. I have now come to the conclusion that this saying is very applicable to green meeting opponents. If people are not willing to look at both sides of an argument and then draw their conclusions from that, then I’m afraid there’s no discussions to be had with those people.
Regarding a Couple of the Green Arguments above!
The world is always warming and cooling. Well, of course it is. You see there are those of us that believe the world is older than a few thousand years, and we understand that there have been many ice ages. And there will be many more to come in the Earth’s future. But please take a moment to read actual fact-based reporting. It’s to the degree of warming and or cooling and how fast it’s occurring that matters. You don”t believe me? Well check back with our coastal cities in about 50 to 75 years from now.
Scientists are fudging data. Who do you trust more; a leading scientist, say from NASA, or one that’s been hired by a lobby group? James Hansen, NASA’s head scientist, has publicly stated that the public is being lied to and duped by special interest groups.
CO2 is good for plants. Well thank you for that little bit of knowledge that we learned in grade 2. But, unfortunately, it goes a little beyond the CO2 that the plants require. Even the U.S. Army has acknowledge that climate change is a national security threat (from displacement due to rising water levels throughout and unrest in certain parts of the planet as a result).
I have had these arguments presented to me by a few of my colleagues in the industry. I’ve come to realize that global warming and sustainability have now become a hot political issue. I’m not going to deal with the politics of global warming here (that rant, I’m afraid, would make me run out of space to type).
As you can tell I am a Proponent for Green Meetings and Sustainability.
As a very basic comparison I have often countered the argument this way. I compare respecting our wonderful planet the same way that you would if a friend or colleague gave you a gift. Would you disrespect, or trash, that gift? Probably not. So, using the gift analogy, why then would you think that it’s okay to disrespect the gift of this wonderful planet? And this argument isn’t only geared towards religious people. Like myself, there are many people that do not prescribe to organized religion. And I’ve found that the argument is suitable regardless.
Green Meetings Have Been around for Some Time
In the meetings and events industry, we’ve been working on sustainability for quite some time now. Even before it was mainstream. Having been on the supplier side of the industry, I’ve worked with many meeting and event planners that have insisted on their meetings having green components. And you know what? Contrary to popular belief, it did not increase budgets. As a matter of fact it can actually shave money off of budgets by going green (more about that in the article links below). not to mention the PR that the group would receive as well.
Here Are A Few Articles That We Have Done on the Subject Here at Mastertheevent.com
Some Upcoming Sustainability Conferences That You May Be of Interested to You
In Chicago: Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) is holding their annual conference from April 7 to April 10, 2013. GMIC is a nonprofit association with members in over 20 countries and is 100% focused on advancing sustainability in the meetings industry.
In Toronto, Canada: Greening Tourism Conference. This conference, which will be held on April 10, 2013, will deal with emerging practices in the area of sustainability and tourism.