Four Ways You Can Commit to Environmental Sustainability This Earth Day
Earth Day is upon us and marks an important opportunity for everyone to take note of their own personal carbon footprint and consider what steps each of us is taking in the quest towards a more sustainable future. The state of our climate is an unavoidable issue, and professionals young and old are able to make their voices and feelings heard by their employers and governments. Especially among the youngest generations in the workforce, climate change and sustainable corporate practices are key issues that can make or break an employee’s work experience and have a clear impact on employee retention.
The growing consensus is that corporations have a social responsibility to their employees to do everything in their power to advocate and work towards a more sustainable future for the benefit of their employees, customers and the world at large. This commitment is now an important part of any company’s employer value proposition and is crucial in both attracting and retaining top talent. If you care about the environment, now is the time to step up and advocate for this sustainable future. The following are several ways any employee can begin to make an impact in both their personal and professional life:
Measure your own carbon footprint in your personal and professional life and consider ways that you can reduce it. This can be accomplished in many different ways and basic steps like turning off the lights when you go out or leave a room, recycling and composting, or using a refillable water bottle.
Support environmental organizations and nonprofits. There are hundreds of incredible environmental organizations and charities doing great work across the globe. Research the ones that are working in your community or support causes that are most meaningful to you. If you don’t feel comfortable donating money that’s fine, many organizations are sustained by volunteers and taking part in a local beach or park cleanup is a great place to start.
Advocate for environmentally sustainable corporate policy at your company. Employers must take their employees' values into account. Let your voice be heard by joining or sponsoring a climate-related committee at your company. Discuss with your manager or leader what your business is doing to ensure they are meeting environmentally sustainable practices. Companies work hard to retain their talent and by making your opinions and voice clear, you can make a difference.
Write a letter or email to your government representative asking what they are doing currently to curb the negative impact of climate change. Let them know how important the issue is to you and urge them to take action.
At Cheer Partners, we are committed to environmental sustainability and personally, I am pleased that our remote-based work style limits our individual carbon footprints. This doesn’t mean that the work is done. On the contrary, we are working hard to improve our sustainable approach and this includes advocating similar methods to our clients. Issues like climate change can feel so large in scale that it’s hard to imagine that our individual choices can make a difference, which is why it is even more important to make our feelings heard. This Earth Day let’s all commit to working towards a brighter sustainable future for our planet.