Green economy localised
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Assessing “Greenness” of my local economy
An article in the World Bank website (http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2013/04/04/creating-global-green-growth-indicators ) proposes the following areas as being critical in the assessment of progress made towards a green economy.
· environmental and resource productivity and innovation
· natural assets (including biodiversity) and their cost-effective management
· the environmental quality of life (including access to basic services such as clean water)
· related green growth policies, economic opportunities and social context of green growth
· monitoring sustainability of overall economic developments
With these monitoring factors in mind, I decided to use the three
strategic areas of sustainable development in my assessment of
the progress being made towards a green economy by my local
The impacts businesses in the area having on the environment automatically disqualify it from the running to a green economy. The waste from the businesses in the area are first of all not recycled secondly, they are poorly disposed. The leadership is not so keen on waste management, most of the waste collection companies are privately owned, and in their chase for profit they dispose-off the waste in the cheapest and environmentally unfriendly manner.
2. Social issues
This touches on human wellbeing and social equity, these are mostly influenced by the economic activities in the area as well as the availability of social programs either instituted by the government or by private organizations.
The numerous small businesses in the area were an indication of the ease of setting up a business which eventually translates to employment creation especially for the poor majority in the society. Their also exists a number of privately owned social ventures most of which were non-profit and aimed at reducing pain and suffering for some of the community members who could not provide for themselves. This included children orphanages and religious institutions. There is also good access to basic services by majority of the community members.