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Are you a positive green?

Are you a positive green?

Aurora supports "positive greens" on World Environment Day

According to Planet First, a sustainability consultancy and provider of The Planet Mark, an international sustainability certification delivered in partnership with the Eden Project, 18% of personnel in any organisation are what environmentalists would call “positive greens.”


A positive green is someone who not only cares about the environment but who will actually go to lengths to take action to protect it. They will put their money where their mouth is, they will walk up the stairs instead of using the lift, they will switch off a light when they leave a room.

Today (Thursday 5 June) is World Environment Day, and we at Aurora salute the positive greens within all organisations and encourage those of us who are not necessarily always so eco-conscious to at least for one day try to make more of an effort to be so.

The United Nations’ World Environment Day (WED) is a catalyst for stimulating global awareness and positive action to help the environment. Since the turn of the century, World Environment Day has evolved to be an international platform for community outreach that is supported by participants in over 100 countries. It serves also as a people’s day of action, collectively making a positive impact on the environment and stimulating small personal actions into a combined power that in turn has a magnified positive influence on the planet.

How to be a positive green today and every day…

World Environment Day is your opportunity to become an agent of change and accept our collective responsibility for the planet.

Here are some simple steps you can take to do your bit today and everyday:

- Switch off your computer monitor at lunch time or whenever you are away from your desk for more than 10 minutes

- Use the stairs instead of the lift

- Switch off the lights in your office if the natural light is sufficient

- Think about how you could change your commute to work, cycle or walk rather than drive

- If you must print, set your printer default to double-sided

Speaking at the launch of the 2014 International Year of Small Islands and Developing States, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commented: “Planet Earth is our shared island, let us join forces to protect it.”

 

Posted by Julie Tucker