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On June 2, 2017 the president formally announced that the United States would withdraw from participation in the Paris Climate Agreement. Because the US ranks as the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases, some argue that American withdrawal from this global effort could sabotage the agreement’s overall goal of reducing pollution that directly contributes to global warming. These developments stirred a whirlwind of debate about environmental conservation and social responsibility, prompting numerous public figures to pledge support for the Paris Climate Agreement in protest of the Trump administration’s withdrawal.

As disappointing as it was to watch the government choose against cooperating internationally to rectify climate change, the fact still remains that the ultimate power to end pollution doesn’t lie with large institutions. It depends more on the collective will and individual initiative that ordinary citizens take to practice environmental conservation on a daily basis. Posting outrage on social media all day may create awareness, but awareness without action does nothing to reverse pollution. Only through recycling, reusing, and reducing consumption of natural resources can the detrimental culture of pollution be eliminated. It doesn’t matter who you are, or what you do for a living, everybody can play a constructive part to tackle pollution by:


1.       Recycling:

Recycling refers to the process of converting waste and garbage into new products rather than disposing of it in landfills, incinerators and water bodies. Outside of outlawing irresponsible manufacturing practices, recycling is the most effective measure people can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that precipitate climate change. The most beneficial way to recycle as an individual is as follows:

·         Don’t just throw out garbage. Dispose of it in a categorized manner. Collect recyclable waste in separate bins and then send it to facilities that can process the waste further into new products. Every city has recycling centers that are ready and equipped to receive materials from the public.

·         Never dispose of electronics or potentially hazardous items in open dumpsters. Always seek out special collection events, or permanent collection centers, that cater specifically to proper disposal of sensitive materials such as: Electronics, Batteries, Used Oil, Paints, Cleaners, Pesticides, Glass, and Tires.


2.       Reusing Waste:

Recycling is a process that demands manufacturing new items from scratch. There are however ways that people can make use of waste without having to generate new products, and that’s through reusing. Reusing refers to the process of cleaning and refurbishing waste so as to reduce the volume of materials being channeled into garbage disposal facilities. It may sound unsavory, but the majority of what people throw out is actually still viable for some form of daily application or another. Reusing waste helps conserve the environment by easing the burden of activity on disposal facilities and ensuring that products are consumed to their maximum possible functionality. Simple ways to reuse include:

·         Donating used items to charity. Before getting rid of clothes, vehicles, furniture, toys or other such durable items, try and find a charity or thrift store that’s willing to repurpose them in some way.

·         Avoid disposable products. If you have a choice to use long-lasting consumer items, it is much more ecological to purchase such goods than ones that quickly end up in the trash. For instance, paper plates and Styrofoam cups require far more natural and financial resources to use than permanent tableware.

·         Purchase goods made from recyclable materials. Creating demand for recycled products encourages manufacturers to invest more in environmental protection.


3.       Reducing Consumption:

By far the most effortless way to make a difference in terms of being environmentally conscious is through efficient consumption of resources. Ironically, when people have ready access to a supply-chain, they tend to use goods and services neglectfully by either using too much, or throwing things away gratuitously. The basic act of consuming resources efficiently is environmentally conscious because it decreases the volume of waste generated. Practical ways to reduce consumption include:

·         Use of power-save settings on electronic devices and switching them off when not operational.

·         Use of energy-efficient technology.

·         Going Paperless: as much as practically possible, opt to maintain digital records instead of filing all records in hardcopy.

·         Performing basic repairs on items with minor damage instead of throwing them out entirely. For instance just because an outfit loses a button doesn’t mean it’s obsolete.

·         Brainstorming how to re-use plastic goods before disposing of them. Plastics can often be refurbished as containers in a variety of ways.

·         Purchasing products with minimal packaging.

It’s certainly true that making your voice heard on this issue can make a statement. But it’s more important to realize that only continuous actions can make an impact. The survival of our planet doesn’t exist on social media. It exists in our decisions to stop typing and start recycling, reusing, and reducing what we consume. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on leadership, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how RISE Programs can help you break past your dai! ly struggles and start soaring in success.