On Oct. 8, 2018, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a special report with its most urgent warning ever about climate change. In the report, the IPCC cautions that the world as a whole has fallen behind, and is doing far too little to reverse the destructive effects of climate change. The IPCC’s research, which was conducted over a period of three years, recommends that every government in the world should take up a collective effort to transform the way people use land, consume energy, manufacture products, and use transportation. Failure to make any changes will trigger coral reef extinction, expose millions of people to floods, and make it difficult to farm certain grains due to chemical imbalances in water supply.

The future is in Your Hands:

Even though the IPCC published their report in order to reach out to governments, the ultimate power to conserve the environment does not lie with the state, or with large institutions. It depends more on the collective will and individual initiative that ordinary citizens take to practice environmental conservation on a daily basis. Posting outrage on social media all day may create awareness, but awareness without action does nothing to reverse pollution. Only through recycling, reusing, and reducing consumption of natural resources can the detrimental culture of pollution be eliminated. It doesn’t matter who you are, or what you do for a living, everybody can play a constructive part to tackle pollution by:

1. Recycling:

Recycling refers to the process of converting waste and garbage into new products rather than disposing of it in landfills, incinerators and water bodies. Outside of outlawing irresponsible manufacturing practices, recycling is the most effective measure people can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that precipitate climate change. The most beneficial way to recycle as an individual is as follows:

▪ Don’t just throw out garbage. Dispose of it in a categorized manner. Collect recyclable waste in separate bins and then send it to facilities that can process the waste further into new products. Every city has recycling centers that are ready and equipped to receive materials from the public.

▪ Never dispose of electronics or potentially hazardous items in open dumpsters. Always seek out special collection events, or permanent collection centers, that cater specifically to proper disposal of sensitive materials such as: Electronics, Batteries, Used Oil, Paints, Cleaners, Pesticides, Glass, and Tires.

2. Reusing Waste:

Recycling is a process that demands manufacturing new items from scratch. There are however ways that people can make use of waste without having to generate new products, and that’s through reusing. Reusing refers to the process of cleaning and refurbishing waste so as to reduce the volume of materials being channeled into garbage disposal facilities. It may sound unsavory, but the majority of what people throw out is actually still viable for some form of daily application or another. Reusing waste helps conserve the environment by easing the burden of activity on disposal facilities and ensuring that products are consumed to their maximum possible functionality. Simple ways to reuse include:

▪ Donating used items to charity. Before getting rid of clothes, vehicles, furniture, toys or other such durable items, try and find a charity or thrift store that’s willing to repurpose them in some way.

▪ Avoid disposable products. If you have a choice to use long-lasting consumer items, it is much more ecological to purchase such goods than ones that quickly end up in the trash. For instance, paper plates and Styrofoam cups require far more natural and financial resources to use than permanent tableware.

▪ Purchase goods made from recyclable materials. Creating demand for recycled products encourages manufacturers to invest more in environmental protection.

3. Reducing Consumption:

By far the most effortless way to make a difference in terms of being environmentally conscious is through efficient consumption of resources. Ironically, when people have ready access to a supply-chain, they tend to use goods and services neglectfully by either using too much, or throwing things away gratuitously. The basic act of consuming resources efficiently is environmentally conscious because it decreases the volume of waste generated. Practical ways to reduce consumption include:

▪ Use of power-save settings on electronic devices and switching them off when not operational.

▪ Use of energy-efficient technology.

▪ Going Paperless: as much as practically possible, opt to maintain digital records instead of filing all records in hardcopy.

▪ Performing basic repairs on items with minor damage instead of throwing them out entirely. For instance, just because an outfit loses a button doesn’t mean it’s obsolete.

▪ Brainstorming how to re-use plastic goods before disposing of them. Plastics can often be refurbished as containers in a variety of ways.

▪ Purchasing products with minimal packaging.

The clock is ticking on how much humanity can do to save itself from the consequences of reckless pollution. One of the most important decisions you can ever make to improve the lives of other people is to take care of the planet that we all call home. Every little effort makes a difference, so commit to playing your part now. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.