Why Companies Need to Go Green

Even though many companies have been leaning more towards a more sustainable energy consumption infrastructure over the recent years, there is still a lot that can be done to improve the world we live in for our future generations.

Jonathan Oslin

2021-05-28 4 min read

In Miami, floods happen with no rain, in the arctic, polar bears walk on thin ice and Maldives is a modern-day Venice that could become a future sea-world. The effects of climate change are felt throughout the globe and not one entity is innocent and we are all victims. CO2 emissions have increased by 90% since 1970, with emissions from fossil fuel combustion and industrial processes contributing about 78% of the total greenhouse gas emissions, increased from 1970. (https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/global-greenhouse-gas-emissions-data). This type of spike can only be attributed to the rise of industries emitting carbon dioxide and companies that emit greenhouse gases should be forced to adjust. Every country pollutes carbon dioxide and other harmful gases and everybody is impacted. It is a collective problem that has reverberating effects on the political, social, and economic domains and businesses.

Economic domain: Global warming is making us question the free markets that have allowed carbon emissions to increase so much. Tastes and economic policy are changing due to CO2 emissions. Countries, particularly poorer ones that are less developed economies are facing a cost vs. benefit of carbon emissions. Poorer countries who need the most will be hurt because they don’t have the resources and the money to adapt. While economic development can ultimately improve environmental conditions, it can also increase the number of human health hazards at certain stages in the process. As a country grows wealthy, however, a country increases industrial production, urbanization, and motorized transportation, which can all increase air pollution and negatively impact the environment. This is a trade-off.

Social domain: Global warming affects all types of people, culture, country, you name it. It affects the way people live, work, eat, drink, and interact with one another. Climate change is affecting people all around the world. We have countries, organizations, and people working together to make the world a greener place and we are seeing activism occur around the world trying to promote green energy.

Business domain: Businesses from multiple different sectors emit carbon dioxide, they're primarily responsible for the increase of CO2 in the atmosphere thus, climate change. Also, it affects the land where companies produce food by killing crops and contaminating the ground, leading to a halt in growth. Going green will solve this while changing where our energy comes from.

Physical Domain:  The physical domain of globalization has been impacted by carbon emissions by a greater extent than the other domains. Global warming is itself a physical domain of globalization. Rising tides and more violent storms, weather patterns, and forest fires are all parts of the physical domain that can be attributed to global warming. Going green will mean the physical domain will be more at peace.

Political domain: Global warming  affects the political domain because politicians need to show how they are going to fight this issue. How are they going to convince people that they are going to give them healthier food and clean water. Politicians are forced to pick a side and choose what laws they should put, whether to enact projects to help stop climate change or continue the status quo. Debates on an enormous scale take place from country to country and politicians made these tough decisions.

The social domain and the physical domains affect each other. There are many reasons how the physical domain is being affected by the social. We have positive and negative impacts because there's people who really care and people who don’t believe or just doesn’t care about the environment. The negative impact we can see it all around us and all around the world, we can see it in our houses, oceans, lands, etc. For example, the use of air conditioning and heating systems that we use in our houses, schools, and businesses emits a great quantity of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere and sometimes we keep them on even though we are not in the room or house. According to Sara Goudarzi from the LIVESCIENCE, “Temperatures are reaching triple digits across the country and air conditioners are working overtime. They are also injecting additional carbon into the air, a gas known to insulate the planet and contribute to global warming.”  In the other hand, we also have a positive impact to the physical domain. All around the world people start to get concerned about global warming and are starting to change things so they cannot affect the environment. People are getting together to clean oceans, parks, also they are recycling by using recyclable water bottles, using renewable energy, using bicycles and not cars, turning the lights every time they are not in the room, etc. For example, in some countries people are changing their living ways so they can help the environment by changing their source of energy to renewable energy. According to Brian Kennedy from the Pew Research Center, “65% of Americans give priority to developing alternative energy sources, compared with 27% who would emphasize expanded production of fossil fuel sources.”