Corporate and Personal Choices Regarding the Environment of the Future
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Corporate and Personal Choices Regarding the Environment of the Future

Saving the environment and bringing an impact in reducing global warming is not a one-man show, it takes the effort of each individual to make a mark. Huge organizations such as Tesla are trying to play their part in keeping the world cleaner by making it a goal to produce environmentally friendly products. Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, has made a great impact on the environment by creating products such as electric cars and solar panel roof tiles that are aimed to reduce pollution and our carbon footprint (5).

What corporations can do to help the environment?

The question should not be whether the private sector should take responsibility for sustaining the environment or the public sector. The focus should be on how both these sectors should conjointly work together to create a better tomorrow for everyone. Many huge corporations are hit with criticism on how they should invest part of their profits in environmentally productive projects and initiatives. However, some companies feel that the efforts they put in to comply with the legal requirements are enough on their side of reducing carbon footprints (4).

With the world drastically shifting to ways that help reduce the negative impact of businesses and individual consumers’ negligence on the environment, more steps are being taken to spread awareness on how everyone can reduce global warming. Companies need to understand that taking part in these initiatives and steps will benefit them in the long term. Many studies state that an organization focusing on both profits and environmental practices increases sales by having a positive reputation in the market. Hence, you’ll attract more customers, increase profit, improve sustainability and minimize your operational costs (e.g. sending emails instead of paper memos) all through going green (3).

What personal choices do I need to make for the environment?

On the other hand, you cannot just have one party actively participate in helping the environment while the other party just expects things to go normal with no proper efforts being put in. The consumer also must go beyond their comfort to bring about a change. They must go out of their way to purchase items that are promoting going green and be ready to pay extra for such products.

It is suggested that consumers should also live lifestyles that promote sustainability and steps for reducing carbon footprints. Many individuals and groups are trying to make an impact by following steps such as carpooling when going to work or trying to produce organic foods with zero chemicals, hormones, pesticides, and fertilizers that can harm the environment. Though these foods and products cost more, this is where consumers should support the businesses and purchase these products (1). This would bring a huge impact on the environment as a lot of greenhouse gas emissions are produced from the agricultural sector (2).

In conclusion, both consumers and businesses need to work together to reduce their carbon footprint by practising environmental initiatives such as reducing the use of transport, promoting using emails in workplaces, and overall going green. We must work together today for a better tomorrow.

Check the following resources to read more about Corporate and Personal Choices Regarding the Environment of the Future:
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