Have you ever walked the downtown business district of any major city in the world and notice that SOOOOOO many lights are on late at night and no one is in those buildings? Have you taken a look at the proper trash receptacles in your work place and notice that people don’t put the proper trash in the proper bins?
In every major city, all the newer buildings are made using steel frames instead of wood. But why are there still so many trees being cut down?
Consulting firms are investing into tech start-ups and yet some of the start-ups are wasting the money on material things that won’t even benefit their company.
Just about every corporate facility nowadays has catered lunches and yet, so much food is wasted while there are homeless and starving people just steps away from the building.
Most governments around the world are giving home and business owners tax credits if they install solar panels. Apartment complexes that are for lower incomed people do not use eco-friendly products and services to help cut government costs with area tax payers.
In places such as the United States, there are so many different building codes that construction workers need to abide to and there are some elements that still labeled as illegal for building structures all because building laws in most places rarely change.
In most of Europe, because the majority of the countries fall under the European Union (EU), they have an interchanging set up of building and construction laws that enable them to make their newer homes and buildings eco-friendly, using wind turbine and solar energy.
Since Asia is a massive continent, to be eco-friendly is based solely on the smaller communities since they’re the ones who are trying to cut costs. In the majority of Asian cities, they waste so much power of energy and fuel with the result of extreme pollution in the air and the surrounding water ways.
What can be done? People as a whole need to become self-educated about how to be and live an eco-friendlier life in their home and work.
In places such as the United States where most dot-com self-made billionaires originated from, a good number of the country population still hasn’t advanced in their way of life as whole. In comparison, the USA still has more people living on welfare than all the other first world countries combined. With a country large enough where regions have specific weather patterns, the local governments haven’t tried to cut costs to save on the energy they use to light and heat. Areas such as Mexico City, southern Germany, and Singapore, building companies have installed materials to not only save money, but also the environment.
Many companies in the Mexico City area are taking advantage of solar because they receive a lot of sunlight. Southern Germany has been altering between solar and wind to produce electric power in their communities. Singapore has been using solar and the pressure of surrounding water currents to produce energy.
With the uproar of politics in the USA, England, and various other countries around the world, people need to put into consideration to allow building material laws change as a whole so that manufacturers can continue to help build the eco-friendly products for homes and business structures. People who live and work in eco-friendlier units and environments tend to be more physically healthy as a whole than those who do not. When building codes are not changed and structures are unable to be remodeled or just tear down and rebuild all together, people suffer health issues due to mold, asbestos, bad bacteria, fumes, and other dangerous materials that are breathed and touched daily due to poor circulation.
By changing how we live, how we work, we can make a difference whether as a sole entity or a company. When people continue to purposely live in a resident that is filled with poisonous materials, this can definitely affect not only a person’s physical health, but their mental health as well, something that can’t be seen from the outside.
We as a people need to inform our politicians to change building codes and the materials allowed so that we can live in a safer environment. This isn’t a matter geared for only those who are wealthy, but when we pay our taxes for lower income people to have a place to live, they too need to fall under these new laws to help save the environment and become eco-friendly too.
What can we do now? Don’t keep your computers and all other electronics constantly turned on at a plug socket. Turn off heaters and keep them off until interior temperature is actually cold. Don’t always use air conditioners and fans, open windows to help circulate air. Open up blinds and curtains to allow natural sunlight beam in during the day instead of turning on so many lights. Put all trash in their proper receptacles and store food properly. All persons should wash their hands. Dusting and sweeping should be done at least twice a day.
There are many other ways to make the home and work place better as well cut costs. We can start with what we already have and from there, anything new that comes along, we can adjust accordingly. By doing so, we can make changes to our environment.