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ENVIRONMENTAL CARE 2008
FDC Environmental Care #1
World Environmental Day is celebrated every June 5 world wide. The World Environmental Day 2008 celebration is centered in New Zealand adopting theme of “CO2 Kick the Habit, Towards a Low Carbon Economy”. Located at southern hemisphere, this country is elected as a host for being the first country pledging a carbon-neutral future. The message sounded by this campaigns is finding solutions as well as changing the habit in de-carbonizing the economy and lifestyle.
A Low Carbon Economy is a popular term referring to an economy with a minimal output of Greenhouses gas emissions into biosphere. Most scientific and public opinion has come to conclusion of unreasonable accumulation of Greenhouse gas in our atmosphere, especially CO2. The over-concetrations of these gases will fundamentally change the global climate in the near future. Therefore, a Low Carbon Economy has to be globally started to avoid that catastrophic climate change. The implementation requires integrating all aspects of manufacturing, agriculture, transportation, power generation as well as technologies that use efficient energy and produce minimal output of Greenhouse gas emission.
In Indonesia, this year’s theme is translated into national slogan “Change Behavior and Stop Environmental Pollution” . Started with Bicycle for Earth campaign, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono appealed the people to use bicycle instead of car to go to work and asked local and provincial authorities to provide space for that cycling activity. Nevertheless, Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Indonesia organizes Indonesia Environmental Week 2008 in Jakarta June 5-8, 2008. This exhibition program is one of crucial moments to disseminate awareness that environmental problem is not solely responsibility of individual, but a collective. In order to raise criticism on environmental sustainability through people capability and courage to control environmentally damaging activities, a positive atmosphere within society to drive greater participation of people must be developed. People should be empowered to access and check environmental policy formulated and executed favorably to those suffering from its impact.
Here are twelve steps suggested by UNEP to help kicking the CO2 habit for individuals, organizations, businesses and governments.
1. Make a commitment.
Announcing your commitment to going carbon neutral can be effective, while asking for ideas can lead to creative and innovative solutions.
2. Asses where you stand.
Knowing where and how you generate greenhouse gases is the first step to reduce them.
3. Decide and plan where you want to go.
A plan to reduce carbon emissions will first focus on the type of energy and the way it is used, for example electricity for buildings and fuel for transport.
4. De-carbon your life.
If consumers, manufacturers and lawmakers all think ‘low carbon’ and ‘climate friendly’ savings in carbon emissions will multiply.
5. Get energy efficient.
Improving the efficiency of your buildings, computers, cars and products is the fastest and most lucrative way to save money, energy and carbon emissions.
6. Switch to low carbon energy.
If possible, switch to energy sources that emit less carbon and can reduce costs and emissions.
7. Invest in offsets and cleaner alternatives.
The choice for those who wish to compensate for their remaining emissions is to fund an activity by another party that reduces emissions.
8. Get efficient.
Looking at your life or business through a carbon neutral lens can help you in other ways by increasing the efficiency of resource use, avoiding and reducing waste and ultimately improving your overall performance and reputation.
9. Offer-or buy-low carbon products and services.
The market for climate friendly products and services is growing rapidly, from energy efficient products to new renewable energy systems. To offer such products, however, it's important to begin at the design stage.
10. Buy green, sell green.
For businesses, innovative product design and presentation combined with responsible marketing and communications can help ensure that this consumer interest translates into purchasing.
11. Tearm up.
Many private sector companies are increasingly working with non-governmental organizations, cities or governments to identify and implement best practice solutions to reduce emissions.
It's also important to let shareholders know. Consumers and investors alike are requesting information on a company's response to risks and opportunities related to climate change.
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