World Earth Day 2020
Today marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, an important occasion observed globally to support environmental protection. Although maintaining business as usual during the pandemic is at the forefront of everyone’s minds, at Blaser Mills Law we consider it important to reaffirm our commitment to combating climate change and protecting our environment both locally and globally.
With many working remotely this Earth Day might look a little different to some. Being confined to our homes has also forced us all to re-evaluate our appreciation for nature and the outdoors as well as providing a reminder that no country or business is immune to a global threat.
Although climate change remains a real and pressing issue there is some good news during these challenging times. The latest Energy Trends Report (March 2020) provided figures showing that the UK had reached a record high when it comes to renewable energy generation in 2019 – up 8.5% from 2018’s figures. This demonstrates the power of businesses and individuals in driving towards the Government’s target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
In order to celebrate our ongoing commitment to a sustainable office environment here are our top tips for celebrating Earth Day at home:
- Recycle: Continue to commit to recycling responsibly whilst at home. If you have children now is a great time to teach them about recycling.
- Make your workplace eco-friendly: Keeping houseplants around your desk will not only brighten up the space they will also increase the flow of oxygen in your room.
- Read a book: Spend some time away from the screen and read a book on environmental protection to increase your knowledge. Education is key when it comes to beating climate change.
- Take an online course: Many online education providers are offering courses and tutorials for free or reduced costs. A number of these deal with sustainability in the work place and sustainable business development. Successful completion of these courses also looks great on your CV!
- Get some fresh air: Take a walk outside or spend some time in the garden and take in all that nature has to offer. Getting some fresh air is a great stress reliever.
- Avoid food waste: Now more than ever it is critical that we don’t waste food or go shopping more than we need to. Make use of what you have and spend some time learning new recipes and meal planning. Keep it up after lockdown is over and you’ll save money on work lunches.
- Do some gardening: If you’re lucky enough to own an outdoor space then get outside and get planting. This is a great way to get in some physical activity and do something good for the environment. If you have space plant a tree.
- Pick up litter on your daily walk: Be sure to wash your hands after and wear gloves.
- Join the LSA: Blaser Mills is a committed member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance (LSA). If your firm isn’t yet signed up visit their website.
If you would like further information on the Blaser Mills Law Environmental Policy, you can find it here. This policy has been designed to help us achieve our goal of minimising the environmental impact of our operations.