Going green simply means opting for renewable options to protect the environment and sustain its natural resources for present and future generations. Non-renewable resources such as fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) are limited in nature and are not only being depleted but are also a major source of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to global warming and climate change.
Africa’s population is expected to increase from 1.3B in 2020 to 4.3B in 2100, representing 40% of the world’s population by the end of this century. This significant growth will be associated with a disproportionate increase in the demand for resources, including energy and water; not to mention the vast amount of waste that would be generated due to increase in consumption patterns.
It is imperative that we understand our individual and collective impact on the environment so we can begin to make better decisions to ensure the earth’s available resources are utilized optimally. We can strive towards conserving non-renewable resources by utilizing more renewable resources in a manner that enables restoration. Here are some nuggets to begin your greening journey.
Calculate your impact on the environment:
Everyone has a carbon footprint, it is the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of our activities as individuals and organizations. Have you ever wondered how your activities impact the environment? Well, you’re in luck, this UN Carbon Footprint Calculator will help you figure out the environmental impact of your household and compare it to averages in your country and the world. Once you understand how you consume resources and generate greenhouse gases, you can begin to make better choices and work towards an Optimal Greening level for yourself, your household and business(es).
The 3R’s of Waste Management
Imagine how much waste you can divert from landfills to free up useful land, prevent ground water contamination and air pollution due to burning of waste – just by sorting your waste at the source. Do you know how much waste you generate? Did you know that some of this waste can be useful if properly sorted and disposed of? Plastics, paper, cans, and glass can be recycled. Food or organic waste can be converted to energy. It’s never too late to start managing your consumption and waste generation. Act now with the 3R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!!! Sign up here to begin recycling your waste.
“Humanity has the ability to make development sustainable to ensure that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. This quote from “Our Common Future”, also known as the Brundtland report, published in 1987 is the most widely known definition of Sustainable Development. In 2015, the United Nations (UN) set forward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), a collection of 17 global goals aimed at improving the planet and the quality of human life around the world by the year 2030. Click here to learn more about the SDG’s.
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