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Understanding environmental advocacy lingo

On Behalf of | Oct 20, 2021 | Business & Commercial Law

Amazon, Delta Airlines, NASCAR, Nestle are just some of the many companies that have vowed to fight climate change by offsetting their carbon emissions in recent years. Some public figures, such as Elton John and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,  have gone on record to commit to reducing their carbon footprint as well. Some countries and cities such as Norway and Austin, Texas have committed to reducing their carbon footprint as well. 

The jargon that’s used to describe the strategies people and companies want to use to combat the destruction of our environment and climate change is relatively new. It can be challenging to fully understand their meanings. 

What climate change terminology should you know?

One concept that you’ll often hear thrown around is “carbon neutral”. This process entails balancing carbon emissions and absorptions. The easiest way to accomplish this is by each individual doing their part to reduce their consumption of CO2. 

A few ways that you can accomplish this are:

  • Identifying things that you do that leave behind the largest carbon footprint and handling them differently. This may include holding a meeting virtually instead of in person or communicating with someone electronically instead of via paper
  • Utilizing alternative, renewable energy sources that don’t produce carbon dioxide
  • Taking time to properly recycle all the appropriate materials that you can recycle

Another concept that you may have heard before is “carbon zero.” This is when a service or product doesn’t result in any carbon emissions. One example of a carbon zero situation is an off-the-grid office building run exclusively on solar power.

Why it’s important for you to know about environmental concerns

Many consumers are becoming increasingly particular about who they do business with. They want to know that the companies they use worry about more than just their profits. They want to know that they’re doing their part to give back to our communities or stand up for what’s right, including ensuring our planet is around for future generations. Having an environmental policy in place at your company is simply a sound strategy for the future.