“It’s not easy being green.” So sings Kermit, the world’s most famous frog. Indeed, as many as 40 percent of the world’s amphibians—frogs, salamanders and newts—could face extinction because of disease, climate change and habitat destruction, scientists say. That’s a sad end for creatures that have inhabited Earth for more than 250 million years. But cleaning up the environment would be a win-win for frogs—and for the economy.
Consider the stats:
♣ Almost 50 percent of Americans value environmental protection over economic growth.
♣ U.S. companies deriving at least half their income from green goods and services have created 3.1 million jobs.
♣ The clean energy and green economy sector is growing twice as fast as others; the green building industry alone will add $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product.