This website – B4E, also known as the Business for Environment Global Summit, is the world’s leading international conference for dialogue and business-driven action for the environment.
The summit addresses the most urgent environmental challenges facing the world today. Important topics include resource efficiency, renewable energies, flight C02 offsets, new business models and climate policy and strategies. Numerous CEOs and senior executives join leaders from government, international agencies, NGOs and media to discuss environmental issues, forge partnerships and explore innovative solutions for a greener future.
These discussions extend not only to world leaders but also to those like you and me, living normal lives. This article touches on a few things that we can do to pay heed to the issues the environment has been facing and is continuously facing to date. There are a few things that we as citizens of the world can start adopting today to help change things for the better.
Here are a few helpful ways:
The idea of composting has been around for decades, but as the world turns to a more modernized way of living, people have forgotten that things such as compost, do not necessarily need to be bought from nurseries or plant stores, but can be made in your back yard using food items you already have in your kitchen.
Things such as scraps of food you won’t eat or waste from your garden and backyard can be used for this purpose and very successfully. It will be organic and reduce the waste in your garbage, plus it guarantees mineral and nutrient-rich soil when you use fruits and vegetables instead of processing fertilizers and mulch.
It’s as easy as setting up your compost pile in your backyard and letting it do its thing, then on the day of gardening, use some of it to cover the soil. Watch how your flowers and garden will flourish richly, within no time, and in a safe way.
When you start curbing the level of consumption in your household, it can significantly have a positive impact on the environment. What do we mean by this? There is a well-known concept known as the ‘3 R’s’:
Under this topic of less consumption, we mean ‘Reuse’. Anything from household goods to free items you may receive at event or your children’s clothes and toys can be easily reused instead of buying new items. In addition, stick to mainly the essential things that you need and don’t get sucked into fancy promotional adverts for shiny new things that you don’t need.
If someone gives you a non-essential item, think twice about accepting it. Hoarding is never a pleasant thing in any home. Plus, it will save you money too.
You will have, by now, heard of recycling, but did you know there is also a well-known concept called Upcycling? It involves a bit of a creative streak. Ever heard of the saying ‘one mand trash, is another man’s treasure?’ this idea revolves around this concept – turning your trash into treasure.
Any items around the home or office that are deemed useless, don’t need to be thrown away. You can upcycle them and turn them into something new or different. Things such as your kids’ toys, appliances, clothes, Jewellery, artwork and more can be satisfyingly turned into something new and useful.
It will help keep your trash bins clean, and won’t cost you a dime, thereby saving you money. Less pollution in the environment leads to less harm overall.
Use your imagination and see what wonderful things you can come up with – and use them again.
Other Helpful Suggestions Include:
- Shopping for second-hand products and clothes
- Choosing reuse products over single-use like coffee mugs, water bottles and more
- Buying local produce
- Using very minimal chemicals around the house
- Conserving electricity and not leaving unnecessary lights on during the day/night
- Carpooling, walking or taking your bike instead of your car everywhere
- Using less water at home and elsewhere
Start today and do your bit for the environment. It will not only make you feel good but also teach your children some great habits that are great for the environment, too!