31 July 2019
What a heatwave that was last week! I have to confess that I am not really a fan of the scorching sunshine, perhaps it’s the North Wales heritage.
Whilst the sunshine is in general a mood-booster, there is no denying that the latest heatwave and subsequent storms were a concerning sign of the real changes to our climate that we are set to face if action isn’t taken quickly.
A few weeks ago, I chatted with ESA astronaut Tim Peake for the Mind Your Own Business podcast. He spoke about the extraordinary lengths they go to to reduce waste and recycle whilst on the International Space Station. The sheer amount that the ISS team do demonstrates what could be possible here on earth, yet we don’t do it for one reason or another. For example, he noted that 85-90% of water is recycled – it is recovered from the toilet, and from sweat and moisture in the atmosphere.
What struck me was Peake’s comment on the atmosphere. He says that when you’re in the shadow of the earth and space is black, all you see is the thin layer of atmosphere. You see how delicate it truly is. He says that experience shifted his perspective. It made him “far more aware of how we need to treat our planet”.
Climate: the crisis of our generation
Climate change is undeniably the crisis of our generation. Reports now say that we have 18 months to change the fate of the planet. It is fantastic to see just how many people are ‘doing their bit’ to make an impact. Using recyclable products, cutting waste, reducing energy consumption, pushing for better from the government. These small, individual changes build over time to a greater impact. However, the fact of the matter is that there are some huge corporations who are responsible for the vast majority of emissions that impact climate change.
In 2017 it was reported that 100 companies have been responsible for 71% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions since 1988. The report also said that just 25 corporations were responsible for MORE THAN HALF of global industrial emissions in that period.
It is these corporations that can have the ability to make the biggest shift in ultimately saving our planet.
The business world has an enormous responsibility to ensure that whilst being commercially successful, businesses protect the world around them.
It isn’t easy. UKFast is in one of the most power-hungry industries. We do what we can to ensure that we are carbon neutral and use cleaner energy. We recycle our waste and have removed huge amounts of single-use plastics from our events, but there is always more that we can do, and will continue to seek out.
So what’s the answer? I don’t know. How do these huge corporations make much-needed changes, with governments that back those changes? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.