There are many things that your average person tries to do to protect the environment. They may compost or recycle to keep things out of landfills. They carpool to reduce emissions and the need for excess fuel. They install solar panels so that they can power their home on their own.
These things are good. They are also not nearly enough. The past year demonstrated that businesses, not people, need to lead this movement.
Fewer people on the roads had no impact
Over the last 18 months, many people entered lockdown at various times. They also began working from home. Tourism was nearly nonexistent.
Much of this has changed now, but we can look back at the impact on things like global warming. Someone who has been focused on carpooling and reducing their impact may assume that lockdown was awesome for the environment and helped at least slow down global warming.
They’d also be wrong. It had “little to no effect on global temperatures.” And this is true even though these events happened all over the world, not just in the United States. Even the mass reduction in flights did almost nothing to help.
In the wake of these findings, experts have noted that the key will be “changing how our economies and infrastructure are powered.” It’s not enough for an individual to fly or drive less, when an entire global shutdown didn’t make a difference. Businesses are major polluters, and the problem will only be fixed when they change. That’s the key to a green future.
If your company is going to operate in this space or if you want to know how to make an impact, carefully consider all of the options you have. This can help you stay on the cutting edge and guide you into a more secure future.