The crisis that the Earth faces stems from man’s pursuit of wealth and satisfying his own needs. It’s sad because this amazing planet that is deteriorating because of our own actions. The Earth has given and preserved life for millions of years, but in the last century the human race has managed to accelerate the loss of resources and failed to makeup for the shortfall in the future.
Environmentalists keep on promoting a message of making a better world for future generations. But that argument has fallen on deaf ears for centuries and for those people who prioritise wealth and their own self-worth will not buy into the ideal of helping others, especially if they don’t exist yet.
It’s a short-sighted way to look at things, but this is the reality that has to be accepted. The thing is, these people will preserve the Earth’s resources if the idea is sold to them in a different way. These people want to know how they can preserve their profits or quality of life with an environmentally-friendly solution. Here are a few ways they can achieve this goal.
Minimise carbon-emissions through cost-saving initiatives.
One of the biggest threats the Earth faces is climate change, which is accelerated by the vast amount of carbon released into the atmosphere. There are several sources of carbon, however the major contributor comes from the generation of power. Reducing power demands will also decrease the output of CO2.
In an ideal world, people can choose a renewable energy supplier. But with less than 15% of the world’s total energy supplies coming from renewable sources, it is unlikely that this strategy can be rolled out effectively.
The quickest way to minimize carbon-emissions from energy plants is by implementing energy-efficient technology, which also provides an economic benefit for people. For example, LED lights have gained popularity because they can reduce lighting energy consumption by up to 90%. This reduces costs, which creates more available income for people to improve the quality of their lives.
The same thing goes for smart technologies such as LED televisions, heating equipment, air conditioners, washing machines, dishwashers, fridges and printers. They can all be configured to minimise the consumption of energy, without forcing people to change their behavioural habits.
Curb waste through improved habits and recycling practices.
The human population creates too much waste that affects the environment and the ecosystem. Many people turn a blind eye to waste as soon as it is discarded. In many First World countries, local communities have a system for dealing with waste. Even if someone leaves a used newspaper on the street; people might think that someone else will clean it up and it will be disposed of in a way that won’t impact their lives.
However, if you turn to some of the Third World countries, you can see that a similar practice has dire consequences. In this post, which shows the worst 30 polluted areas on Earth, dumping areas have contaminated the local ecosystem and further impacted people’s health from direct and indirect sources.
If people can see how what they eat, drink and the air that they breathe are affected, then it they will start to pay attention.
The thought of doing more work to minimize waste will be a deterrent, which is why partnering with ethical recyclers can make the process easier. For example, used ink cartridges can be disposed of ethically by partnering with a recycler who can distribute the eWaste via the right channels. Cartridges Direct and Cartridges for Planet Ark provide a mailing service at no cost to people. All they need to do is drop-off the cartridge at the right distribution point.
There are viable solutions, which can help preserve the Earth. But a message of hope isn’t enough. Solutions that prioritise the needs and wants of the people through profit and economic advantage will allow eco-friendly initiatives to succeed in the long-term.