Our new images are now published on the Cafe press shop. We wish to thanks so many of our friends that have requested these images. We were all involved in the first Earth day celebrations on the Washington DC Mall on April 22, 1970. And we are pleased to offer y’all this wonderful happy image that to us represents the honoring of Mother Earth, and a great beginning for humanity’s journey towards self sufficiency & self reliance – Gently Living upon the Earth – Respecting all life – Nurturing each other.
“……The relationship between environmental quality and economic success breeds ongoing improvement. Quantitatively, we know not only that higher levels of income promote environmental quality but also that the improvement in quality is better than a 1-to-1 ratio. That is, if income rises 10 percent, the demand for environmental quality rises more than 10 percent.
At lower levels of income, people trade environmental quality for economic growth – preservation of self is the primary goal, not the preservation of nature. But that situation can change quickly. In general, the annual income level at which the demand for environmental quality appears is between $4,000 and $8,000. The demand for water quality comes at even lower levels. Similar relationships exist for the preservation of endangered species and even the relatively obscure concern over carbon emissions.
Moreover, the point at which the demand appears trends downward as new environment-enriching technologies appear. Wealthy countries export the technology to poorer ones, who can simply acquire what they need to improve the quality of, say, water or air, at lower levels of income.
The economic progress so dreaded by the Malthusians turns out to be the key to environmental security. Because of economic growth, not in spite of it, the developing world is able to enjoy improved standards of living, both economically and environmentally, sooner than the developing world did in the past……..”