Local environmental activist and radio host Ned Doyle spoke at a recent Green Drinks gathering at Posana Cafe in downtown Asheville, touting the economic benefits of sustainable development.
Building a more sustainable economy is vital to the long term success of conserving and protecting our natural resources and quality of life, Doyle said June 27. He urged attendees to make economic arguments to help win over skeptics of environmental action.
“A big percentage of the population doesn’t care about morals. They look at money,” he maintained. “There is money in green technology, protecting the forest for tourism. Nurturing our quality of life raises home values.”
Although he said he thinks Asheville has a lot of room to grow in its environmental awareness, he said that its progressing faster than the rest of the region.
“Asheville is the green mecca of the South. There’s no competition,” he declared.
Doyle was formerly the director of the annual Southern Energy & Environment Expo for 10 years. He’s now helping organize the first Southern Green Living Expo in September, an event he hopes will showcase the region’s opportunities and success in sustainable economics and environmental stewardship.
Watch Doyle speak about developing a sustainable economy: