Corporate Leadership is Focusing on Climate Change

In news that is, without a doubt, going to make millions of people around the globe happy, corporate leadership efforts and corporate social responsibility is taking a hard turn and beginning to focus on the environment and mitigating the damage done by climate change and global warming. As more and more scientists and civilians across the globe begin calling for real, substantial action to be taken on the growing threat of climate change, businesses are frequently seen as working against this drive. This is patently false and now, with the rise of environmentally-minded corporate leadership, businesses are going to be on the frontline of making sure the world is liveable for the future.corporate social responsibility and the environment

When you think about it, it makes sense that businesses are tackling the threat of climate change head on. A liveable earth is needed for the continuation of business and things such as water and energy directly affect all businesses across the globe, regardless of what they’re specializing in. Not only that, but businesses are in the perfect position for this sort of initiative and seeing as how going “green” is the hottest new buzzword, it makes sense that companies are realigning their priorities with those of their consumer-base.

Already, some major companies are taking impressive steps towards putting these plans into action. The Mars corporation has pledged to be Sustainable in a Generation by implementing plans that focus on water conservation, waste management, and the eventual elimination of fossil fuels by 2040. Microsoft is another company making strides in this field — they have established an internal carbon tax and are working to make the emission reduction targets understandable by not focusing on metric tons of CO2, but instead focusing on the dollars they cost. Along with Microsoft and Mars, companies like Siemens are also working to slash their carbon emissions and make environmental sustainability a central part of the company culture and mission. Is it too late for these efforts to have any real effect? This is something that remains to be seen. There are reports saying that we’ve already gone past the point of no return when it comes to the damage climate change will cause but regardless of the truth in that statement, it’s refreshing to see companies shoulder some of our shared responsibility to this earth we live on and begin to implement actions that could have a very real effect on our shared futures.

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Is Your Love for Coconut Hurting the Environment?

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The process of food cultivation and delivery altogether ranks as one of the leading causes of greenhouse gas emissions. Today, the craze over coconuts and all that they offer (milk, oils, water, meat) puts a great burden on the environment. From the cultivation, per se, to the transportation and commodification of coconuts a series of hazardous processes challenges the resilience of the planet.

As coconut is increasingly desired, farmers are forced to partake in monocultural farming, or restricting plots of land to growing one solitary crop. As part of this exploit, they use unnatural fertilizers to expedite growth and cut the number of diverse plant species that are indigenous to the biosphere in order to make room for the desired species. This reduces the flourishing diversity of an area, and reduces it to a perfunctory, monotonous farm.

Coconuts are well liked for their versatility. The oils are featured in cosmetics, the water is a favored source of hydration and replenishment, the meat is a tasty snack, and the milk is a culinary favorite and supports alternative diets for which animal products are not eaten. That being said, the wide use is responsible for its impact on the environment. The fruit often comes from foreign regions—tropical American and Asian areas—and its import requires a great deal of transportation. The Food and Agriculture Organization reported that Indonesia and the Philippines are leading producers of coconut (followed by India, Sri Lanka, and Brazil) whereas China, Malaysia, and the United States are among the leading importers.

One thing One Green Planet suggests is buying organic and fair trade certified products. Both ensure that the land was not exposed to unnatural chemical fertilizers or pesticides. The Fair Trade organization sees to it that fruits are grown safely, and that farmers are properly compensated for their labor. It’s a small step, but it’s one that needs to be taken in an age where so much risks environmental harm.