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Peter Getty is a philanthropist and contributing blogger for the Huffington Post. His work and writings revolve around environmental issues. Getty's philanthropic initiatives, as well as the organizations he supports, are committed to protecting the environment and spreading environmental awareness.

Climate Protection – Sense & Cents

My recent Huffington Post article, Climate Protection: A Portfolio of Good Sense and Cents for Our Planet, points out that the argument that it isn’t financially feasible to move toward renewable energy sources no longer holds water. There are just too many studies out now that find the exact opposite to be true. Unfortunately, the right wing and general climate change deniers are mongering on fear of hurting the fragile economy.

Low-carbon energy has huge potential for growth as an industry. Sweden has closed coal plants in favor of factories that convert trash into fuel, saving their marine life, itself the cornerstone of another important industry for the country.

Unfortunately, it makes sense that some sit on the fence on this issue. There is a lot of misinformation being disseminated by anti-environmentalists and self-interest groups. The more informed we get, however, the more we are beginning to realize collectively that the environment is as important a priority as the economy…maybe more so, long-term. And we can prioritize both the economy and the environment successfully. Going green can add profit to business when properly handled. As more and more success stories unfold, eventually the positive will drown the negative.

The fact of the matter is that our very future depends on the decisions we’re making now. It’s important to enact some economically stable sustainability measures now.

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