Feds see GDP in Green?

GDP and federal workers. After yesterday’s column about the US Forest Service, I am reminded of the value of Federal (active and retired) workers who occasionally glance at my writings and offer suggestions. In fact, had it not been for a very active federal worker years ago, I would have given up long ago.

At a young age, I was excused from St. Joesph’s Catholic school in Greenville, Delaware for being “different” and a guy we call Uncle Joe here in Delaware comforted me. Joe said that since the beginning of time, the world often gave up on many “different” people. He went on to say we need every one of the normal and not so normal to make a society great and our creator gives each and every one of us gifts. And sometimes these gifts often look like curses. Mine was dyslexia and the Nuns said I would never be a good communicator. Uncle Joe humbly offered up his “gift” was stuttering. I remember that well because years ago, Joe occasionally still stuttered. Many told Joe he would never be a good speaker. He suggested I not give up and occasionally write words of encouragement to myself when others seem give up. I thought, now that is different and took his advice.

As anyone who follows Uncle Joe, he went on to prove the world wrong and is still at it. As for me, I am still working one word and one story at a time. For one that does not watch TV and has to read a book several times to fully understand them, it’s no easy task. However, as Joe suggested, I kept writing, went into filming, beat a few N.D.E.’s and wrote myself this reminder a few years ago to keep me Greening America.

“According to the U.S. State Department, expansion of the global green economy is forecast to be six times greater than the technology boom of the 1990s which saw the growth of the Internet and smart phones.” And I realize I m not the first to put those thoughts together yet it was comforting at the time and still provide hope for greener days.

And now to the GDP or, as a different person would like to call the Green Domestic Output. Simply that the Green Domestic Product is a monetary measure of the market value of all the final Green goods and services produced in a period of time, often annually or quarterly! No matter our differences, clean air, water, food, energy, buildings, transportation and getting in touch with nature is nothing new, political or a fad. All we have to do is stay true to our one address (Planet Earth), ourselves and hope.

Best, JDL





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