Green Lifestyle with Bank Permata
A Small Green Act with Big Environmental Impact
Green Building Council Indonesia (GBC Indonesia) commemorates with Bank Permata in conducting seminary series with the theme “Green Today for Better Tomorrow” as a part of the organizing Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) weeks. They were held at eight (8) cities around Indonesia (Jakarta, Medan, Bandung, Semarang, Surabaya, Makasar, Denpasar and Tanggerang) from 16 November – 12 December 2011. Most bankers participated on those events. They eager to know what exactly does green mean. To answer what is green actually, we need to find the supporting issues surround that. Being ‘green’ doesn’t carry that much weight when it’s just a ‘label’ and you are being ‘forced’ to change. Everything is voluntary: just optional if you would like to have better living. It is like being ‘on’ a diet. We say, “I’m on a diet”, as if we can get ‘off’ at any time. And more often than not, we do. But if you change your lifestyle to eat better and exercise, the chances are; you’ll stay fit and be healthier, saver, cleaner and influence your world for sure.
Being ‘green’ is like that. It’s a lifestyle change; not a program that you get ‘on’ and ‘off’. If you think of it as a better living, healthier living, frugal living, it will be easier for you to change to a different and better like the lifestyle. The responses would be very varied, based on our individual reports. That’s why the progress has been relatively getting slow on the environment front both here and around the world. In the past two years, especially since the landmark Copenhagen climate change conference failed to result in a deal despite the presence of the world’s top leaders.
Most experts agree that global warming is the keyword of all which will take significant human effort to stop it and reverse its effects. The results come from centuries of unsustainable usage of earth’s natural resources and overuse of harmful chemicals. The issue is so big that it may seem that there’s nothing you can do to help. However, this is not the case. By making small, everyday changes to your lifestyle, you can truly help the fight against these global enemies.
Most of the respondents in eight (8) cities already practice the green mantras; reuse, reduce and recycle. One goes to the trouble of sorting her trash –plastic bottles, cans and paper – to be given to trash picker or recycled although they came back to recollecting this trash into the same bin after the sorting done. Meanwhile, other makes compost from they own organic waste. Recycling everything at home and the office are common activities, too. Another colleague says they always turn off the faucet when brushing her teeth. We as a shopaholic, also bring our own shopping bag when doing the groceries, no more plastic bags. In several cities like Jakarta, they even exist and gone the extra mile on green living. Not only composting and recycling but they also ride a bike more often than they drive – has set up solar panels for the water heater and applies the metering to conserve the energy use for instance.
It would be wonderful also if everyone could be applied on multipliers using public transportation or even buy a hybrid car someday to save the environment from high levels of polluting emissions for instance, but they are not yet in most people’s budget. Instead, making a few adjustments to your driving needs can help increase your fuel efficiency and thereby decrease the amount of gas you are burning. Combine errands as much as possible, and if you have several stops in a large shopping area, try walking from one to the other rather than driving. Instead of driving to the gym to run on a treadmill, get outside and do your running there.
In office daily practice, reusable products of every kind are generally a good idea also. The less resource spent on harmful products, the lower the impact on the environment. By cutting down on disposable-making industries, we can lower the amount of harmful gas put into the environment by factories. Try looking for products made from recycled goods, like paper cups, toilet paper, and even furniture.
At home, simple changes can lead to serious energy savings, as well as money savings for you. Replacing incandescent light bulbs with florescent ones or even LED can reduce energy consumption by 60% for your lamps. Checking your air conditioning and heater filters each year and replace them if necessary. Not only will this seriously reduce energy usage, it will also keep you and your family from breathing in air sent through a dirty filter. Moreover, plants particularly trees beside gardening is a healthy activity and a fun way to make your home or community beautiful, then it can absorb carbon dioxide and provide us with clean oxygen to breathe.
Some experts believe that a contributing factor to global warming is that we have cut down so many of our trees and forests for industry. If you can, use organic soil and fertilizer, as harmful chemicals may damage the environment, and actually add to the greenhouse gas problem
How can changing your consume pattern affect to the temperature of the planet? Believe it or not, studies show that it may be the biggest thing you can do. The export industry is one of the largest polluters on the planet, in nearly every way possible. Methane outputs from livestock transportation use are a considerable contributor to the greenhouse effect, while the factories and plants themselves are responsible for tremendous air and water pollution and severe deforestation. Try buying your products and your food from local, small farms for example. These usually have less impact on the environment, and also may share your concerns about global warming. Many small farms engage in carbon-offsetting practices, to counteract any damage to the environment they do incur. By supporting local businesses that believe in sustainable practices, you will be making it known and marketable that these factors matter and should be encouraged.
One of the greatest gifts afforded to every adult citizen in a democracy is the ability to vote. With your voting power, you can change the course of your town, your country, and your planet. Use your chance to vote in politicians and measures that are passionate and honest about environmental policy and supporting foundations and organizations that protect forests and encouraging sustainable logging practices. Voting for global-warming concerned issues and candidates costs you nothing, is easy to do, and can help instigate change at a level beyond individual gestures. Be sure to think twice before voting and support for any new development projects in your home area unless there is clear indication that they will be using sustainable products and processes.
Industry isn’t our evil, whatever some newspaper sited. Yet many companies, big and small, have shown that they will use the cheapest and easiest measures available, even if they add to global warming.
Whenever you can, encourage industry that is sustainable and safe. It may seem like a small gesture, but if enough people make it, the market will follow suit, and corporations will know that the best way to get your money is to through green practices.
The most important things is an environmental education embedded with students at early years to be early awareness as greater responding leads to greater responsibility and action which will played role in our thinking. It is impossible to ignore – we live in a country where people live in a city that suffers from chronic environmental pressure, fuelled both by poverty and development. We live in a country where people live with the consequences of every conceivable man-made environmental disaster.
We don’t need to be perfect; become the popular, public figures or celebrities and you don’t need to throw out the all “green” keys to your world. Try and do the best based on your own abilities. By making tiny choices that heal rather than hurt, you can make a difference in fighting global warming. Most of us will never get memorials to our achievements, but that doesn’t mean they are worthless. Small, everyday steps can truly make you a superhero for the planet.
I am pretty sure there are many more such a acts of green taking place, whether done by individuals, groups or businesses. Unfortunately, the governments appears to be the very last ones to realize or even understand, that people do care about the environment they live in – for the sake of future generations. Saving planet is no longer the business of superheroes and governments, today everyone’s invited. Ordinary people are taking the initiative to help conserve the environment. The fashion industry has also caught a green fever with the emergence of “eco-fashionista”, creating from sandals to handbags and fast down from branding designer until considered to street labels.
Green as a real sustainable solution which usually takes time to be implemented because often require something dramatically effort that people always afraid and avoid to do. That’s the “changing in habit in lifestyle”. But that doesn’t make them impossible. Many environmental organizations have had to change their strategies in creating commercial approach and accessible programs at theirs marketing. But the substantial amount of activity is taking place at the grassroots level.
Ordinary people are getting together and coming up with the solutions based on available resources. They think it’s quite cool to be environmentally conscious and urged them to have apart in it.
To be green isn’t a religious message, but this is a human appeal. Since like that, going green is not making a big extreme change in your life, it’s just a choice of life in doing the little things that have a great impact on our world. It’s a butterfly effect. “You may think it doesn’t matter what one person does or doesn’t do; but it matters more than you think.”. So ! Make your choice now ! don’t be late !
(Resource – 2011)