How Important is Sustainability in Today’s World?
Everyone of us who lives on Earth has an equally important stake in the planet’s health. However, there is a small group of super corporations which have grown so big and dominant that they control the human industry and shape the modern world we live in. Some of their annual revenues eclipse the GDPs of developing countries.
It has also been reported that just 100 companies account for more than 70 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. With the collective, oversized influence, these handful of companies have on the fate of the whole planet; it is not surprising that the society at large is calling for them to help sort out the myriad of environmental challenges facing the world.
Despite there being millions of galaxies, stars and planetary systems in the universe, there is only ONE habitable planet that we know of – Earth. As such, every one of us has a moral obligation not only to each other, but especially to our future generations, and other species which share our home, to keep the planet in the best shape possible. The choices we make and actions we take will impact the lives of future generations. If we exhaust the resources of the Earth, future generations will be made to suffer. For instance, overfishing not only runs the risk of depleting the supply of fish, but will also significantly impact the supply of every organism in the food chain related to that fish, causing the ecosystem to break down.
Cleaner water and air quality, reduced landfills from reduction in wastage and increased dependence on renewable energy sources – all these are potential positives from a change to a sustainable policy. The reduction in our carbon footprint as well as the amount of toxins released into the environment, making the air we breathe much cleaner and lessening the effects of global warming.
As sustainability becomes a top priority when considering a potential employer, it also helps to attract talent. Many new job-seekers have cited taking a job because of the company’s sustainability, and some are even foregoing higher pay elsewhere to work at an environmentally responsible company. The company’s reputation for sustainability would not only serve to attract quality employees, but will also serve to retain and keep their employees motivated as they will see more value in the contribution in what the company is doing.