How does global warming affect my business?
The Earth will change radically. This is accepted when hitherto opinion was globally skeptical. Global Warming and climate change are real.
Rising temperatures, drought, desertification, diminishing yields of wheat, rice, and corn crops, lack of water, increased poverty, disease, and suffering in developing countries, increased flooding and conflict across the globe will push inflation rates up at unprecedented levels. (look at Lake Chad below in central Africa, it has virtually disappeared).
Due to war and rising temperatures, these causes will provoke the unwelcome rise in global commodity prices - GOLD, SILVER, COPPER, RARE EARTHS etc.
Oil and gas will become too expensive. This will hit your BUSINESS ENERGY costs and residential consumers of gas and electricity too.
Click on the graph below that demonstrates the PRICE of Brent Crude OIL since 1987 to the present day.
During the first Gulf War of 1991 there was a 50% increase in global prices; the second Gulf war of 2003 triggered a tripled price rise of oil. *Look at the data on the graph. Of course, this is not to say war in the middle east is a deciding factor in the price of fossil fuels but the correlation with conflict and subsequent demand is obvious: where there is need and poverty and violence, demand and volatility spread. These ARE THE DECIDING FACTORS influencing international commodity prices rises that will AFFECT BUSINESS ENERGY PRICES.
We are all witnesses to the global downturn in 2008 and should understand the precariousness of global markets to world attitudes and needs. This is the reason why countries need to INVEST TIME AND MONEY into finding ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF ENERGY and how populations need to become savvy and educated at reducing their own carbon foot prints.
What can you do to reduce those carbon footprints?
1. FIRSTLY, EDUCATE YOUR STAFF ON THE ISSUE OF GLOBAL WARMING - IT'S NO JOKE. NO SCARE MONGERING. Many claim climate change is natural; it is but human beings are increasing it and adding to it. We can reduce its impact if we all play a small part.
2. SWITCH OFF UNUSED LIGHTS IN ROOMS, TOILETS AND BOARDROOMS
3. GET ENERGY SAVINGS LIGHT BULBS ACROSS YOUR BUSINESS
4. SWITCH OFF UNUSED AIR CONDITIONING MACHINES IN UNUSED ROOMS AND
5. SWITCH OFF, AND UNPLUG UNUSED APPLIANCES PROPERLY
6. TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTER AND MONITOR PROPERLY AT THE END OF THE DAY
7. MAKE SURE TAPS ARE NOT LEFT RUNNING IN TOILETS AND KITCHENS
8. MAKE SURE DOORS, WINDOWS AND FIRE DOORS ARE PROPERLY CLOSED
9. ALL PLASTICS, PAPER, CARD, GLASS, AND TIN AND FOOD WASTE ARE RECYCLED BY YOUR BUSINESS. Some councils offer incentives for you to do this
10. ENCOURAGE AND INCENTIVISE STAFF TO USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT OR RUN CAR SHARE SCHEMES ONCE A MONTH TO THE OFFICE; THINK OF WAYS TO REDUCE CARBON FOOTPRINTS