This is one of those things that you really did not know.
If you are a rookie environmentalist like myself, you would know what I mean by saying that I love information like this.
It is becoming increasingly evident that the ‘’ (the gap between the wealthy and the poor) is beginning to show itself in our environmental society. Instead of measuring wealth, you measure environmental knowledge. There are those, like myself, who are taking steps to mitigate and reduce our influence on our global environment. At the other end there are those who consider matters relating to the environment to be of negligible consequence, “not my problem” or “I have other important issues”. In simple terms, the factor is the measure of rich in environmental knowledge vs poor in environmental knowledge.
The primary issue is no longer a matter of awareness. There are numerous sets of data to show that the penetration of awareness across all aspects of our society is extremely high.
The ‘knowledgeable and responsible rich’ have all the answers for the ‘ignorant and irresponsible poor’ to change. Government is looking for ways to create ‘green economies’. Business is finding ways to ‘save more on their bottom line’. Civil society is seeking to establish an ‘environmentally just society’. These sectors are the knowledgeable and responsible people.
The ‘environmentally ignorant and irresponsible’, who are in the majority, see that group as elitist. They are seen to come across as “we know what is good for you”. And along the way there are promises of jobs, promises of incentives and more and more commissions.
All the time, the tap keeps on dripping while the ‘environmentally ignorant’ simply walk past it. “The Government or Business or Civil Society will close the tap, cause they know how to” is there response.
That leaking tap is everybody’s problem. Addressing climate change is not a fad or fancy and is not elitist. No amount of money or rules or plans will solve the problem. Only actions will. Let the closing of dripping taps be of value to everybody, so that we fight to be the first to close it.
CDP is a UK based non-profit database organization that seeks to accelerate climate change by placing relevant information at the heart of business, policy and investment decisions. The database contains information that is voluntarily provided by businesses all over the world about their carbon emissions, water usage and their climate change strategies.
It was started in 2000 by 551 institutional investors and encourages all organizations, global, regional and national, to be transparent with their carbon emissions and to improve their understanding strategic risk and opportunity relating to climate change. Currently there are more than 4500 of the largest global companies reporting their carbon emissions.
In South Africa, this data collection is managed on a non-profit basis by two organizations – NBI and Incite Sustainability.
In 2011, 83 of the top 100 JSE listed companies reported on their carbon emissions. The report is not used as a whipping stick on companies that are not doing the right thing about their carbon emissions, nor is it just another window dressing report to show that the organization is doing the right thing. Rather, the report is a tool for the companies to sincerely take steps to minimize their business risk and maximize their business opportunities by implementing sustainable strategies to manage and reduce their carbon emissions. Last year 40 South African companies (up from 2010’s 34 companies) submitted their emission targets. In 2011, all companies that responded to the CDP questionnaire online.
Furthermore public availability has been added and scored according to the CDP’s 2011 scoring methodology as developed by Global Advisor and report-writer. Previously the methodology scored disclosure only, assessing the company’s own response to CDP. Now companies receive a disclosure score called a Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI).
The CDLI now goes to highlight leaders in terms of transparency and accountability regarding climate change related issues and the quality of their internal. This can only further business, society and government benefits in joining the CDP and guide them in adopting sustainable strategies towards climate change
What is Earth Hour? Earth Hour, a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) initiative, started in Sydney, Australia in 2007 when 2.2 million households turned off their lights for one hour to make a stand against climate change. Today, Earth Hour is so much more than simply switching off lights for an hour once a year. It’s a growing international movement of citizen-driven action for the environment.
When is Earth Hour? This year’s campaign culminates on Saturday, 29 March 2014 at 8.30pm when South Africa joins others around the world – individuals and organisations – in turning off the lights for an hour as an act of symbolic unity. It is a time to reflect on, renew and celebrate your commitments to protecting our planet beyond the hour.
What is this year’s campaign about? Centred on a powerful call to action – How do you honour the Earth? – WWF South Africa is asking everyone to make a promise to honour the Earth by thinking about the choices we make around our food, water and energy use – and understanding our wider impact on the environment. We want people to share these promises online (wwf.org.za) and experience the journey as the virtual planet goes from degraded to beautiful!
What difference will that make? Growing participation in Earth Hour globally has shown that there is an impetus for individuals to take action through better choices for the planet, thus making a collective impact. The power of choice is in our hands through our everyday commitments and consumer selection. Together we can leave a legacy of flourishing ecosystems, healthy rivers, and abundant flora and wildlife.
How can I take part? Throughout March, visit wwf.org.za to make your promise to the Earth. Talk, tweet, post, pin, share, support and spread the word #EarthHourZA
DID YOU KNOW?
A computer left on overnight for a year creates enough CO2 to fill a double-decker bus. http://ow.ly/i/4XIcT
As internal combustion engines age, the combustion process naturally deteriorates and degrades due to a variety of uncontrollable physical factors. With degradation comes a decrease in the engine’s ability to efficiently convert 100% of the fuel it receives into energy. http://ow.ly/i/4XHoY