By the year 2050, the world will have 9 billion people. Today, the US released its “2014 National Climate Assessment,” and facts are clear: if we want to be able to feed 9 billion people and house 9 billion people and exist on this world with 9 billion people; we have to take action and make changes today.
When taking on the concept of “going green,” most people immediately think, “how expensive will this be?” or “how will this affect my daily life?” These are the wrong questions. The question is, how will your life exist at all in 2050 if you don’t make a change?
The green culture movement is about changing your way of thinking first and foremost; a way to change your daily consumerist thought into a sustainable one. For example, instead of throwing the inner roll from your toilet paper or paper towel into the trash; put it in the recycling bin. This is a simple change that takes nothing more than replacing your old habit.
Now take things one step further…what is the largest trash bin in your home or office? Is the recycle bin the smaller bin? It’s time to reverse this. Think of how this can change everything you do. The answer is not, now I take out the trash more – the answer is; now I recycle more! In many cities across the US, things like this and more have been a daily action for years. San Francisco mandates and issues a composting bin for all businesses in the city. What if you took the initiative and had a compost bin, recycle bin and a trash bin at your home or office? How long until the trash bin almost never needs to be emptied?
For your organization: turn going green in to an office competition or game. Start giving out rewards as your goals are reached. For example, some companies provide their employees with a bicycle after a full year of employment. Employees are then encouraged to ride the bike to work and bike parking is provided. Find what resonates with your team and get started now! One small change can have a big impact.
Sustainability is enduring. Make it YOUR culture.