4 ways technology can be used to address pollution

One of the biggest trends in the corporate world today is the need to go green. In as much as for most corporates the aspect of going green is just for PR purposes, the fact that companies are realizing that going green is good for business is a good start. As an environmentalist, one of our first achievements in or causes is getting people to admit that there indeed is a need for environmental conservation.

In line with this trend of corporates going green, technology will play a really big part in the quest to beat pollution.

In this article, I am going to look at 4 ways technology can be used to address pollution.

1 Investing in recycling technology

In today’s business environment, companies are encouraged to recycle. If an item can be reused, it’s better to do so instead of throwing it in the trash and eventually ending up in a landfill somewhere. Because of this, companies are investing in recycling technology where items such as plastics, paper, and rubber, and so on are recycled and repurposed. This has reduced the dumping of non-biodegradable items.

2 Investing in biochemistry and biotechnology

Chemicals that are mostly used in agriculture and other industrial applications have been blamed for pollution because they are difficult to dispose off and when introduced to the environment they have a negative long term effect on plant and animal life. However, there is a lot of investment being put into biochemistry and biotechnology to aid in the development of chemical material that don’t have harmful effects on the environment.

3 Investing in nanotechnology

One of the challenges when it comes to solving environmental problems such as pollution is that certain technologies are just too bulky and difficult to proliferate. However with the discovery of nanotechnology, things are set to change for the better. Technology is becoming smaller and this will make it much easier to transport and even administer. In addition, once nanotechnologies are designed, most will become self-propagating therefore will not require special expertise to administer.

4 Investing in air purification technology

Thanks to advancements in technology, it’s now possible to take in unclean air, purify it and release it back into the environment. This is a technology that is currently being tested and the results thus far have been very impressive. The method of delivery is also very impressive as the air filtration system has been designed in the form of a tree. This has given a whole new meaning to the phrase going green.

As physical and biological efforts are being put in place to fight pollution, this fight is getting a really big boost from technological efforts. The future of technology in environmental conservation truly looks bright and I am personally excited to see what the future holds for this sector. On my part, I will be very glad to advocate for more investments in such technologies.

If you happen to have come across an ingenious technological solution to environmental conservation however specialized or crude it is, as long as it’s doing an amazing job, we would like to hear more about it and even write about it.

How to get people interested in environmentalism

The results of our neglect of our environment are all too apparent as we have seen the death and destruction that has resulted from climate change, frequent floods and mood slides, severe droughts, raising of the ocean tides as well as reclining of tides and so on globally. However, with this apparent clear evidence, most people are still not getting concerned or passionate about environmentalism.

The question becomes, what can we environmentalists do to get people more interested in the quest to save planet earth?

In this article, I am going to share with you 5 ideas on how to get people interested in environmentalism.

1 Apply some creativity in your messaging

As is the case with human nature, people will only get interested in a cause if the problem directly affects them or those close to them. This is usually a problem when it comes to issues to do with the environment because most people haven’t really directly experienced the repercussions of environmental degradation, and when they do, they don’t see a direct link to their acts of commission or omission. It’s therefore important to work on messaging that drives this point home.

 

2 Focus on providing solutions

Yes, planet earth is on the brink of destruction if man doesn’t change his ways when it comes to protecting his environment. However, this kind of messaging isn’t the best way to get people interested in environmentalism. According to human psychology experts, scare tactics are usually not the best way to inspire action because they mostly cause people to recline and get defensive. You are likely to become more successful if you focus on calling people to action with practical solutions in mind.

3 Make people realize that even a little contribution makes a difference

A number of environmental campaigns make the work of an environmentalist appear too complex and not for the ordinary citizen because they focus too much on the big picture forgetting that even the big picture is made up of small components. When trying to get ordinary people involved in environmentalism, it’s a good idea to emphasize their action however small will make a difference and its way better than not taking any form of action at all.

4 Don’t turn it into a debate

The reality on the ground is that not everyone believes that the environmental situation is as bad as we environmentalists make it sound. It’s therefore okay to understand that people will have different points of view and that they are entitled to them. It’s therefore not a good idea to turn environmental conservation into a debate but rather accept divergent opinion. At the end of the day, we’ll eventually still need to work together to save our planet.

5 Make good use of social media

The reality about the world we are living in today is that it’s driven by trends and what’s popular among the masses. This therefore means that social media is a good tool for an environmentalist to use to get people interested in our causes. If we can make conservation trendy, you can be guaranteed that many people are likely to participate.

I trust that this has been an insightful piece that will come in handy the next time you are working towards getting people to participate in your cause to save planet earth.

Here are the 3 main benefits of biodiversity

Biodiversity is one of the most important aspects of environmental conservation and is one of the things that make nature amazing. The fact that there are millions of different species coexisting on planet earth with each of them playing an important role in ensuring the sustenance of the planet is mindboggling. Nature happens to be the most perfect system in existence.

It’s therefore very important for us to ensure that this biodiversity is well maintained especially considering that fact that a number of species are currently under threat as a result of environmental degradation. Through this article, I am going to briefly highlight some of the benefits of biodiversity.

Here are the 3 main benefits of biodiversity.

Biodiversity is critical for the sustenance of living creatures

Nature is a perfectly balanced system with a well-defined food chain. Each organism that exists is fed on by other organism and this food chain is sustained by the fact that there’s not a scenario where more predators exist in comparison to prey and vice versa. The production and consumption system is perfectly aligned. It’s for this reason that life on earth is sustained.

However, this sustenance may be under threat as a result of the dying of certain species in the food chain. With the extinction of these species, a chain reaction is likely to result from the misalignment in the food chain therefore resulting in the death of other species therefore affecting the sustenance of living creatures.

Biodiversity preserves life on earth

Nature is made up of extremes however thanks to biodiversity, balance is usually restored and this results in the saving of species on earth. For instance, areas that receive too much rainfall will always have a lot of forests and these help to create a catchment area for the water therefore it doesn’t affect species downstream. If the forests did not exist to hold this excess water, it would result in very destructive flooding incidents as have been witnessed in recent times.

With this understanding, you are now better placed to appreciate the value of afforestation and other forest reclamation interventions. It’s very clear that when you interfere with the balance of nature, the consequences never take too long to be felt.

Biodiversity is the reason for the earth’s natural beauty

We all have an appreciation for the tranquility that nature has to offer. The different plants and animals we see, large or small, each with their own individual appeal and when put together, provide an even more amazing appeal, are the result of biodiversity. If we don’t play an active role in preserving biodiversity then we are likely to lose all this beauty that Mother Nature has to offer. When we look at this issue from this perspective, we realize that we have our work cut out for us.

With such benefits to biodiversity, it should make a lot more sense to you if you are not an environmentalist why we are passionate about preserving our environment. There’s so much importance and value in ensuring that nature remains unaltered because the ripple effect of interfering with the balance of nature can have catastrophic results.

I trust that you are now well informed and more invigorated to play your part as an environmentalist.

These are the 4 biggest threats to our environment

As we talk about environmentalism and encourage each and every citizen of planet earth to play an active role in saving our planet, it’s important for people to know and fully understand the threats that our planet faces. Once they have a better understanding, they may be in a better position to know what role they can each play and precisely how they can play it.

In this article, I am going to share with you what we as environmentalists feel are the biggest threats to our environment today.

These are the 4 biggest threats to our environment.

1 The challenge of climate change

The moment you mention the word environment, the first thing that comes to mind is climate change. It’s a reality that weather patterns are not as they used to be in the past. Today, the weather is becoming more and more erratic and harsh, and this can be blamed on climate change which is a direct effect of environmental degradation. The truth is that we environmentalists dropped the ball for a couple of decades and didn’t do enough to bring attention to climate change until things got bad.

2 The challenge of deforestation

As the population on planet earth grows, so does the pressure to find settlements. Unfortunately, the victim has ended up being our forests. Trees are being cut faster than they are being planted as they still remain one of the leading sources of raw material for construction. Unfortunately for us, trees provide catchment for our water towers and are also directly responsible for rainfall. The more we cut them, the more we interfere with our natural sources of water.

3 The challenge of pollution

Rapid industrialization and urbanization has created a lot of demand for energy as well as increased the production of harmful industrial waste. The challenge with energy demands is that not all energy sources being used are clean and this therefore results in the release of harmful emissions into the atmosphere. The same is applicable to harmful industrial effluents which are released into the environment and they end up contaminating the air, water as well as soils.

4 An unchecked population growth

As a result of various socioeconomic factors, the human population has grown faster than the earth is capable of sustaining. This has ended up putting too much pressure on the earth and is actually one of the main underlying drivers to the three threats we have discussed above. A number of countries have tried controlling their population growth but this has resulted in some very negative effects. This is one of those areas that man does not seem to have control over.

We strongly believe that these threats should be treated as a matter of urgency and any activity we engage in that is geared towards environmental conservation must be targeted at addressing the above four issues.

The success of our efforts will require coordinated efforts from each and every citizen from all the corners of planet earth. I trust that you are ready and willing to play your part.

4 reasons why environmentalism is important

As environmentalists, we have always faced an element of criticism that our proposals for environmental conservation are too drastic and that we exaggerate the current threats that are facing planet earth as far as the environment is concerned. What I can say on behalf of other environmentalists is that this criticism is unfounded and can’t be further from the truth.

Planet earth is under threat and if we don’t play an active role in saving her then we are all doomed. Through this article, I want to share with you 4 reasons why environmentalism is important.

1 Prevention has always been better than cure

Many of the health problems that are on the increase today globally such as cancers, cardiovascular problems, respiratory problems, reproductive problems and neurological problems can trace their roots to environmental problems such as pollution of our air, water sources, food and so on. In as much as there are some really good medical breakthroughs to address such health problems, they are too expensive. The easiest and cheapest solution is taking better care of our environment. 

2 Everyone is affected in equal measure

The reality about the effects of environmental degradation is that however far you are from the source of the contamination, these effects will soon catch up with you. A good example is global warming which is believed to have been brought about by the rapid unchecked industrialization in the developed world however the effects of global warming are being felt by even non-industrialized nations. This goes to show that you can’t afford to bury your head in the sand when it comes to environmental issues.    

3 Future generations need our help

The effects we are feeling today with regards to environmental degradation will be worse for future generations if the situation remains unchecked. I don’t believe you want to deliberately leave the world a worse place to be in for your children and their children. If you don’t do anything to save the environment then I can guarantee you that your children will suffer most of the consequences of your inaction.

4 It’s your responsibility as a citizen of this planet

We usually take many things for granted such as the fresh air that we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, the ground we walk on and so on. All these are things that planet earth gives us for free. It’s therefore very irresponsible of us not to want to play an active role in showing some gratitude to planet earth by playing an active role in taking care of our environment. It’s therefore your responsibility by virtue of being alive to be an environmentalist.

I do hope that the points I have raised above have been compelling enough to inspire you to start playing an active role in caring for your environment. You can’t wait for someone to come and clean after you, as that has to be a conscious decision you make on your own.

Start at home, and slowly instill these habits in your family members and gradually to your community members. The snowball effect of this is going to have a tremendous impact in saving our planet one citizen at a time.