How You Can Take Meaningful Action This Earth Day!
Use These Tips From ClimateAbility to Create a Positive Environmental Impact Today!
Since its inception in 1970 when 20 million Americans first mobilized to call for greater planetary protections, Earth day has occurred annually every April with the goal to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide.
Having witnessed the Santa Barbara Channel 800 square-mile oil slick from an airplane following the 1969 Union Oil spill, a young senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson was inspired to create the first Earth Day in conjunction with other young activists. 51 Years later, Earth Day 2021 again arrives at a pivotal time in our history, because time is one thing we no longer have - just under a decade is all that remains to stop irreversible damage from climate change. Having recently re-joined the Paris Accord and through the announcement of Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan aimed at building out clean energy as part of a broader effort to curb climate change the US has once again assumed a leadership role in this movement.
The pandemic has accelerated the rise of companies with a strong sense of purpose that goes beyond the traditional business “for-profit” approach, putting society and planetary welfare, transparency and collaboration at the heart of recovery. This approach is not and should not be reserved for elite businesses only.
At ClimateAbility we partner with businesses of all scales and sizes who believe that their carbon emissions & environmental footprint are their problem and are resolved to fixing it themselves.
EARTH DAY TIPS FROM CLIMATEABILITY
For Earth Day 2021 we decided to share the below actions that your business, large or small, can take today to start making an immediate difference – every little helps!
Do You Really Need to Print This?
All businesses utilize documentation of some sort within their everyday operations and we all know that more paper equals less trees, however, do we know how this affects climate change? Research shows that each printed page results in 15 grams of CO2 being emitted into the atmosphere. Along with other factors, this carbon footprint takes into consideration the carbon that would otherwise have been sequestered by the trees cut down to create the paper as well as the manufacture, transportation and energy required to bring all the processes involved in a printed page together.
No matter the size of your business, you can help by adding a recommendation to your organization’s documentation templates to avoid this unnecessary cost:
And for those outside your organization why not add a subtle suggestion from thinkbeforeprinting.org to your email signature:
The average employee prints 10,000 pages a year; that’s a lot of carbon but It’s also a lot of ink and paper expense for your business! ;)
Is Your Website Affecting Climate Change?
The simple answer is, yes! If you own a website for your business or personal blog, the chances are that like all websites, your business’ website remains live 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. This requires energy and thus your website likely lives on a data server in a warehouse that is powered by fossil fuels. These data servers consume huge amounts of energy because they need to be powered on and kept cool at all times and research has shown that the pollution caused as a result is comparable to the airline industry.
Green website hosting services such as Green Geeks offer an alternative. In addition to using eco-friendly data centers and servers, Green Geeks matches 3 times the amount of energy they consume from the grid in the form of renewable energy credits meaning your website will be 300% green when hosted on their platform. Ps. They’ll migrate your existing website for free!
Education - It’s Good to Talk!
True and lasting change can only ever be achieved with knowledge & education. Many businesses, organizations and individuals find talk about climate change overwhelming, scary, or more erroneously, out of their control. All of these can be remedied with education and conversation around the topic. Your business can promote dialogue among your employees through company practices and policies around sustainability. Making your customers aware of your policies to reduce carbon emissions makes them aware of tactics they can in turn use to reduce their emissions as well.
For more tips like these and to learn how ClimateAbility can accelerate your green journey, contact us today!