- 1.Series on Sustainability: An Introduction
- 2.Series on Sustainability: The Costs of Air Travel
As we are slowly approaching the end of the first quarter of the millennium, society is becoming increasingly aware of the impact their lives have on the state of the environment. For decades, there has been talk about the effects of the use of fossil fuels on climate change and global warming, but every solution seems to be very big and out of reach for us to be able to make any significant change.
The most well-known climate action spokesperson is Al Gore, without a doubt, who released his documentary film An Inconvenient Truth about the topic in 2006. His film was widely acclaimed and even a catalyst for a comprehensive range of positive (and unfortunately negative) responses to the climate issue. Effectively, Gore helped bring to light the realities of what humans have done to our planet over time with regards to pollution and offered ways that we, as an entire society, can make positive changes to slow down and potentially halt any further damage .
For many of us these things can seem out of reach for us to feel like we are making a difference, even if it’s something really small. Every one of us creates something called a carbon Footprint. TakePart gives a great definition of the carbon footprint as: “the amount of greenhouse gases—primarily carbon dioxide—released into the atmosphere by a particular human activity”. This means that everything we do, from the food we consume to our chosen means of travel, has some sort of effect on the amount of greenhouse gases that are dispersed into the world.
Look at the impact that human involvement has had on temperature changes. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is an international organisation founded in 1988 that looks at the facts and figures which directly and indirectly contribute to climate change and their socio-economic and environmental consequences .
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In their most recent summary report for policy makers, they state that the drastic increase in greenhouse gas emissions since the pre-industrial era is extremely likely to be the cause of the unanticipated and dangerous changes in climate that we have been experiencing, especially in the last two decades .
In this Series on Sustainability, we aim to give you a more detailed and accessible understanding of the state of carbon dioxide emissions in industry. Furthermore, we hope to offer helpful tips on how you can make an impact by making more educated decision about your business travel needs. We encourage you to cut down on your monthly business travel through the use of teleconferencing. Keep an eye on this space for the next installment of this series where we will break down the effects of air travel on the stated of carbon dioxide emissions.
In the meantime, do not hesitate to get in contact with us for a free quote to implement virtual numbers for all of your business’ teleconferencing needs.