A sustainability strategy is a must-have for any business operating today. The path towards turning a CSR strategy into reality is unique to you, as eco-conscious business practices are still a fairly recent tradition. While we may have ideas available now, putting them into practice takes some selective planning. In previous posts I have given ideas as to how you can obtain a higher green ranking, including the necessity of utilising CleanTech and cloud-based devices, as I believe behavioural change is at the core of combating threats to our environment. After all, the leading cause of global warming is man-made pollution. And scientific research is uncovering other threats than the infamous CO2.
Recently, researchers have reported on a major cause for concern: the sharp spike in atmospheric levels of methane. Methane levels were stable until 2007, when its presence increased dramatically from that year onward. By 2014-2015, it had spiked by more than 20 parts per billion. It seems we need to prioritise thwarting this threat or risk yet more extreme weather and other detrimental consequences. To clarify the cause of the spike, it’s estimated that 60% of methane release is rooted back to human behaviour.
As you might expect, fossil fuels are a contributor, and the business community is becoming more energy efficient to counteract its effects. Now it’s clear we must also address our food habits. Despite the fact many nutritionists recommend only putting meat on your plate twice a week, our at-work habits still revolve around ‘wants’ more than ‘needs’. Meat consumption requires agricultural farming processes that emit methane so if bosses promote a more plant-based diet among employees it would have positive repercussions in both the small and bigger picture. Employee concentration would be boosted, mental health would improve all-round and post-lunch lethargy would be a thing of the past.
Initiatives such as meat-free Monday are a simple way of limiting the meat you consume within a week and the more people taking part, the greater chance we have to diminish the methane pollution problem. If you wanted to practice what you preach in the consequence of your CSR, you could promote the event in your office as an opportunity for everybody to come together at lunch while helping the greater good. As a country we’re legally bound to counteract climate change and if balancing our meat intake is good for our health as well as crucial for the environment, more offices would be wise to take part.
In comparison with CO2, methane has a short shelf life but a vicious impact. If we tackle the causes of the huge methane surge, we can make a huge step towards lowering global warming levels to below 2°C, as ratified by the Paris Climate Agreement. Not only that, but we could prevent the predicted temperature rise of 4 degrees Celsius and thereby dodge the extreme weather that interferes with our everyday commute.
After the festive feasting brings another year to a close, maybe meat can be incorporated into the annual detox?