Sustainability is important for several reasons, including: 1. Environmental protection: Sustainability aims to protect the natural environment by reducing our impact on it. This is important because the environment provides us with resources that we rely on for our survival, such as air, water, and food.
Sustainability is a topic that has gained a lot of attention in recent years, and for good reason. It’s the concept of meeting our needs today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. While the challenges we face as a society in terms of sustainability are complex, there are reasons to be optimistic about our ability to make a positive impact. In this blog post, we’ll explore some reasons for an optimistic outlook on sustainability and the steps we can take to create a more sustainable world.
Climate change is a complex issue that requires action from individuals, communities, and governments around the world. While it can seem overwhelming, there are many things that you can do to realistically address climate change and make a positive impact. Here are some practical steps you can take:
Climate change refers to the long-term alteration in the earth's climate patterns that are largely attributed to human activities, primarily the burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas. These activities release large amounts of greenhouse gasses, such as carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere.
Sustainability is a journey, not a destination. While striving for perfection may seem like the ideal approach, it can often be counterproductive and hinder progress. Instead, a focus on progress over perfection can help us achieve sustainability in a more realistic and effective way.
In recent years, there has been a growing trend towards sustainability, with more and more people looking for ways to reduce their impact on the environment. One way in which people are doing this is by choosing to buy products from sustainable brands. These are brands that have made a commitment to reducing their environmental impact and have taken steps to do so. In this blog post, we will explore the importance of sustainable brands and why they matter.
As the world becomes more aware of the importance of sustainability, businesses are increasingly being held accountable for their environmental impact. Sustainable business practices not only help protect the planet, but they can also lead to cost savings, increased customer loyalty, and improved brand reputation. So, how can businesses be more sustainable?
Climate change is a major issue that we all need to pay attention to. It's not just some distant problem, it affects our daily lives in many ways. The Earth is getting warmer, which is causing rising sea levels, more intense storms, and changes in the seasons. All of these things have a ripple effect on our planet and can cause harm to us and the other living beings we share it with.
Earth Day is a global event that takes place every year on April 22nd, and it is a celebration of our beautiful planet and a call to action to protect it. This important holiday was first proposed by the U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1969 when he was worried about the impact of industrialization and human activity on the environment. Since then, Earth Day has grown into a worldwide movement, with people from all over the world joining together to take action to protect the planet.
The term “sustainability” has received a lot of attention in recent years - and for good reason. It is the key to a more wealthy and healthy planet for ourselves and future generations. At its essence, sustainability is about utilizing resources in a way that they are available for future generations. So how does sustainability effect our globe, specifically climate change?
Did you know that about 20 million metric tons of road salt is applied to U.S. roads every year? Road salt, or sodium chloride, prevents water molecules from joining together to form ice by mixing with the water and causing this new solute to have a lower freezing point. By preventing ice formation, it makes roads, sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots much safer for both drivers and pedestrians.
Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil that comes from the fruit of oil palm trees and is known for its versatility. It’s popularity comes from its relatively long shelf-life, stability at high temperatures, semi-solid state at room temperature (making it good for keeping spreads spreadable), and lack of color or flavor. It also brings higher yields over smaller areas of land compared to other oils.
In the U.S., individual states have the ability to decide how to take action on climate change. We’ll highlight the actions of the U.S. Climate Alliance and what a few individual states are doing to fight climate change. We encourage you to find out what your state is doing to adapt to and mitigate the effects of the climate crisis.
While many countries have made pledges to reduce their carbon emissions over time, according to the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), at our current pace we will exceed 3℃ of global warming. This increase is much higher than the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting warming to below 2℃ and striving for only 1.5℃. In order to avoid the worst of the consequences of climate change, the UNEP states that we must remove 10 billion tons of CO2 from the atmosphere by 2050.
In honor of Women’s History Month, we wanted to shine a spotlight on the woman who was the first person to document carbon dioxide’s heating powers: Eunice Newton Foote. This accomplishment is often credited to Irish scientist John Tyndall, who developed his theory about five years after Foote. Women’s accomplishments in history have been long overlooked, or credited to someone else. We believe that it’s important to recognize women’s contributions to society, especially to climate science.
The world’s fourth largest island -- Madagascar -- sits off the southeast coast of Africa. About 160 million years ago, Madagascar split off from the rest of the continent, allowing the island to develop its own distinct ecosystems and house species that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Around 92 percent of its mammals, 89 percent of its plant life, and 95 percent of its reptiles are only found in Madagascar.
Let’s face it -- climate change news can be disheartening and overwhelming. It’s important to keep up with the latest scientific news, but it’s difficult to stay hopeful when everything seems negative. Every once and a while, you need good news and hopeful stories. The stories we’ll be telling today aren’t about humans, they’re about animals that are adapting to a changing climate.
The global beauty industry is worth $511 billion as of 2021, with the U.S. market making up almost $63 billion of it. This large industry creates large amounts of plastic pollution, damages the environment by harvesting massive amounts of ingredients like palm oil, and includes chemicals that are harmful to human and environmental health. Fortunately, there are sustainable brands that use healthy ingredients you can choose from, but we’ll get to that later. First, we have to understand the problem we’re up against.
The transportation sector accounts for 29 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, making it the largest contributor to climate change. Worldwide, emissions from transportation have more than doubled since 1970. Tackling climate change means finding ways to reduce emissions coming from all forms of transportation. This large sector can be broken down into two main categories: passenger and freight transportation. Simply put, are we moving people or goods? This distinction is important because the solutions are different for each category.
We know that recycling can be confusing, so we’ve put together this guide to help you feel more sure of your recycling habits. Remember that recycling systems vary by city, county, state, and country, so be sure to check what is and isn’t recyclable in your area when you’re unsure.
Agriculture and climate change are inextricably linked. Agriculture is responsible for ten percent of climate change-causing greenhouse gas emissions. It also causes other environmental degradation, including soil erosion, nutrient depletion, and heavy water usage. Climate change harms agricultural production by causing higher average global temperatures, more droughts and heat waves, and more intense hurricanes and other natural disasters.
Does it feel like fashion trends are coming and going faster than ever? If you answered yes, you’d be right. For decades, fashion seasons consisted of summer, spring, fall, and winter. However, with increased consumer demand and the rise of online shopping, the four fashion seasons are no more. Now there are 52 micro-seasons. Yes, you read that correctly: one season for every week of the year.
You’ve likely heard the projections -- we need to reduce global CO2 emissions by at least 45 percent by 2030 and reach net zero emissions by 2050 in order to limit global warming to 1.5℃. If we are unable to reach that goal, temperatures will increase by 2℃, causing even more damage to the environment and displacing or harming millions of people.
Forests provide many environmental and economic benefits, including mitigating climate change, preventing flooding, filtering water and air, creating jobs, and providing space for recreation. One of the most important jobs of forests is to provide organisms with shelter, food, and water. About 80 percent of the earth’s land-based plants and animals live in forests, making these ecosystems incredibly important for these species’ survival. Unfortunately, forests are under threat from deforestation.
In the last installment of this blog series, let’s discuss how individual consumers can make a positive impact, both by reducing their carbon footprint and using offsets.
Before a business should even be concerned with obtaining offsets, they have to do the hard work to plan their decarbonization, starting with goal setting. In the same vein, individuals who are interested in offsetting some of their emissions should first figure out ways to reduce their carbon footprint, and then offset the rest.
Here’s a quick run-down: carbon credits are permission slips to pollute that a company buys, usually from the government. Carbon offsets represent the avoidance or removal of one ton of carbon dioxide equivalent from the atmosphere.
You’ve probably heard a lot of sustainability terms lately, including carbon credits and offsets, net zero emissions, carbon neutrality, and more. And if you’re like most people, you have no clue what it all means. In this series of blog posts, we'll break it down for you so you can see through greenwashing, identify companies that are doing the right thing, and take steps to reduce your own carbon footprint.
The world’s leaders have descended upon the COP27 climate talks in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. COP is the United Nations Climate Change conference, hosted throughout the world for the last twenty seven years. It is used by governments to negotiate and discuss limiting global temperatures and adapting to the effects of climate change. 190 countries are in attendance with 35,000 representatives.
There is no disputing that we’re seeing the effects of climate change in real-time around the world, which also means more news and media coverage. What’s also guaranteed in the coverage is a mix of scientific jargon and trending climate action buzzwords that can be hard to follow, let alone understand.