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A Sustainable World: Businesses & Climate Change

Nature can be described as the world around humans and the humans within the world! Unfortunately, in many cases, urbanization has been an enemy of nature. For many countries, including mine, this is not an exception, as the rapid expansion of urban areas has led to several environmental problems, including climate change, which has increased the frequency and intensity of droughts and floods, severely impacting communities that rely on agriculture and fishing for their livelihoods. Coming from an African country named Angola with a solid connection to nature has made me view nature as part of me.  

 

My hometown used to be surrounded by grassland and farms. However, socioeconomic development has gradually brought it from an agricultural fairyland to a sci-fi planet. Going together with this, pollution is conquering our land.  Seemingly, climate change is one of the most significant challenges of our time, and sadly, businesses are playing a dominant role in its negative impact. From the extraction of natural resources to waste disposal, commercial enterprises are contributing to greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change, and the consequences could be severe and impact all aspects of our lives: A shortage of clean water and food, more resources on public health, and an unstable economy. 

 

Amran et al. (2016) claimed that businesses have been significant contributors to climate change as the production process engaged in practices that harm the environment, such as deforestation and fuel consumption, which reduces the amount of carbon that trees can absorb. The consequences of these actions are devastating, which could lead to more frequent and severe weather events, such as hurricanes and wildfires, which have a significant impact on human lives and the economy.

 

The consequences of climate change have been widespread and impacting all aspects of our lives. Food and water security will likely be affected as changing weather patterns lead to crop failures and droughts. Public health is also at risk, as extreme heat and air pollution increase the prevalence of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. The economy will also suffer as climate-related disasters lead to property damage and loss of productivity. These consequences will disproportionately affect vulnerable communities, including those living in poverty and marginalized populations around the globe.

 

Yet, there is hope. A sustainable world is possible in which businesses are called to action and encourage the public to take action towards climate change. Companies can take responsible steps towards climate change by reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, using renewable energy sources, and adopting sustainable practices. For example, companies or corporations can invest in energy-efficient technologies and transportation methods, such as electric vehicles, and one great example of this action is Tesla Ink (Hanley, 2020). They can also reduce waste by recycling, composting, and adopting circular economy models, in which waste is used as a resource. Additionally, businesses are encouraged to support reforestation efforts and invest in sustainable agriculture practices, such as regenerative farming, which focuses on regenerating and building the soil and then protecting and nurturing the life in the ground by working with nature rather than against it (Gaspar, 2023).       

 

It would be erroneous to think that the community cannot also contribute! The truth is that every human being can contribute to a sustainable world by making conscious choices in their daily lives. Individuals can reduce their carbon footprint by using public transportation, reducing extreme meat consumption, avoiding single-use plastics, and adopting a circular economy approach by reducing, reusing, and recycling. They can also support businesses that prioritize sustainability and hold those that do not accountable, which can create demand for environmentally friendly products and services. Furthermore, individuals can advocate for policy changes that prioritize sustainability and address climate change, such as carbon taxes and investment in renewable energy.

 

In conclusion, addressing climate change requires collective action from all sectors of society, including businesses and individuals. Since corporations produce just about everything we buy, use, and throw away, this negatively affects climate change, and unfortunately, the consequences of this impact are severe! However, a sustainable world is possible, and that is a world where businesses take responsible actions towards climate change, and each individual can contribute to that vision. They do so by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, using renewable energy sources, and adopting sustainable practices; businesses can mitigate their environmental impact. Individuals can also make conscious choices in their daily lives and advocate for policy changes that prioritize sustainability. Together, we can create a vision of a sustainable future where businesses and individuals work together to mitigate climate change and protect our planet and its precious creatures.

 

References

Amran, A., Ooi, S. K., Wong, C. Y., & Hashim, F. (2016). Business strategy for climate 

change: An ASEAN perspective. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, 23(4), 213-227. https://doi.org/10.1002/csr.1371

Gaspar. (2023, April 23). Earth day: Invest in our planet. Gaspar Insurance Services. https://gasparinsurance.com/earth-day-invest-in-our-planet/

Hanley, S. (2020, January 27). Volkswagen praises Tesla, commits to more renewable energy. CleanTechnica. https://cleantechnica.com/2020/01/24/volkswagen-praises-tesla-commits-to-more-renewable-energy/

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Photo by Andre Moura: https://www.pexels.com/photo/chopped-trees-in-forest-2532064/

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