Celebrating Earth Day
There is no argument to the fact that humans have upset the balance of nature since they have been on the planet, in particular, the period from the industrial revolution to modern day has been especially bad.
Earth Day is building the world’s largest environmental movement that encourages people all around the world to sign petitions, meet with elected officials, plant trees, and clean up their towns and cities. In 2019, Earth Day are running a ‘Protect Our Species’ theme, to protect threatened and endangered plants and animals across the planet. Earth Day is growing in popularity and influence each and every year, with the organisation predicting that over 1 billion people in 192 countries will take part in what will be the largest civic-focused day of action in the world.
A substantial issue that humans have been found to cause is pollution, in particular, air pollution. The World Health Organisation (WHO) have estimated that there are 4.2 million deaths a year caused by exposure to outdoor air pollution and 3.8 million deaths every year as a result of household exposure to smoke from dirty cooking stoves and fuels. More worryingly, WHO have approximated that 91% of the world’s population live and work in places where the air quality exceeds WHO guideline limits. Air pollution not only has an effect on people’s health, but it also has a negative impact on business as well. A Harvard study has found that workers who are exposed to ‘bad’ levels of air pollution are found to be 5 or 6% less productive than workers who work in ‘good’ levels of air pollution.
Alongside air pollution, global warming poses one of the biggest threats to our planet today. Scientists today have said that the current global warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely (more than 95 percent likely) to be caused by human activity since the mid-20th century. And it is proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented over decades to millennia (NASA). National Geographic has published that since 1906, the global average surface temperature has increased by more than 0.9 degrees Celsius, even more in the sensitive polar regions.
The need for renewable energy sources has therefore not been larger than it is today. There are small pockets of renewable communities around the UK who are leading the way in running all their energy needs completely renewably. The best example of this is in the Orkney Islands, where the community are planning to run on completely renewable energy, including a fleet of hydrogen fueled vehicles. At present, the islands are producing more clean electricity than its inhabitants need, in fact, they are producing 130% of their electricity needs (BBC), the excess is then sold onto the National Grid, actually giving the island another revenue stream.
The Orkney Islands are proof that there is huge potential to being in the renewable energy market at present. With temperature increases on the rise, and pollution levels becoming more and more severe, a move away from traditional energy sources including fossil fuels is becoming more and more important for the future. This is why Future Resource is the UK’s leading sustainability event. It aims to connect businesses that aspire to be green and more sustainable, which in the long term, will benefit the environment. If your business wants to showcase your innovative renewable energy or zero emission products to over 3000 key decision makers from businesses across the UK, get in contact with Pete Longley on 0117 929 6083, firstname.lastname@example.org or online here.