Others may release the pollutants that degrade the oceans, rivers, the air that we breathe and the atmosphere which makes the Earth alone among the planets a haven for life.
Hall made a clear point here and I will extend it to business. We need to not distance ourselves from what our business does, what it consumes, what it uses, what it throws away, discards, what pollutants and emissions it releases.
It can be an eye-opener to create a table with three columns:
In the first column make a list of everything that your business contributes to continue climate change and further polluted earth, air or water.
Don’t forget to include:
Transport such as cars, ships and planes for yourself, staff, materials and products;
The toxins, dyes, bleaches, chlorines and energy it takes to create everything in the office, the materials you buy, the service or products you sell;
Your coal-powered electricity and water wastage.
The money that you put into your business loans or investments that are probably financing the cutting down of forests or the polluting of rivers through mining giants;
Your supply chain
In the middle column jot down ideas about how to green these aspects of your business. It may be to encourage staff to car pool or bike to work, to invest in ethical investment funds and change to renewable energy or install a new toilet/hand basin unit (the water from washing hands in the basin goes into the toilet cistern for use in flushing.
There is a lot that can be done and once each is attended to, a tick, gold star, champagne bottle symbol or whatever else you like, can be put in the third column next to each problem and action.
When the entire table is filled out and stickered, it is time to celebrate after such a great effort as well as your business won’t be contributing to so many of the current problems.