The benefits of raising environmental awareness

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Raising environmental awareness might seem like an afterthought or something not high on the agenda for a business, but when a company actively learns about it, it can unlock a host of benefits.

As a provider of an environmental awareness course, there are opportunities to make your business more profitable, have employees feel more fulfilled, and create a better world for people and the planet.

It begins with a brief breakdown of the benefits, which we’ll look at in this article.

What is environmental awareness?

Environmental awareness is a clear understanding of our behaviours’ impacts on the environment & how changes to our behaviour can reduce or improve the world around us.

Traditionally, people have associated environmental awareness with the term sustainability, which is about meeting the needs of today’s generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. For a business, that means acting in a way where we can sustain over time, avoiding further harm to the climate and biodiversity.

Becoming aware of the language around environmental awareness

Businesses are increasingly talking about regeneration or acting as a regenerative business. This captures the idea that we can’t sustain – or carry on – business as usual. Instead of keeping things as they are, we need to go even further by actively expanding habitats, improving people’s livelihoods, and having a strong, positive impact on the world around us – not just aiming to do less harm but actively seeking to do better.

When compared, environmental awareness, sustainability, and regeneration are terms that are all vulnerable to greenwashing. This is when a company uses these words to exaggerate their positive impact and make more sales without meaningfully improving business practices. For the sake of your company’s image and to preserve life on our planet, it’s essential to walk the walk and not just talk the talk. Growing your environmental awareness does just that.

Why is environmental awareness important?

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We are currently experiencing the dual ecological crises of climate change and biodiversity loss, which genuinely impact people worldwide and closer to home in the UK. We rely on a stable climate and biodiversity for clean water to drink, liveable temperatures, food security, oxygen to breathe – and so much more.

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In 2022 alone, over 36 million people were displaced due to natural disasters directly linked to climate change, and as water resources become more scarce, this can exacerbate global conflicts.

Climate change and biodiversity loss are two sides of the same coin – each making the other worse. For example, as the climate destabilises, we see more wildfires and forests lost. As we lose forests, carbon is released from the burning trees, which increases global warming, and the lost forest can no longer absorb carbon via photosynthesis. It’s become slightly more noticeable here with unseasonal weather and news that another temperature record has been broken every year.

How to put things right

Environmental awareness isn’t just about understanding what has gone wrong – it’s also about understanding how to put things right. Although the biodiversity and climate crises are severe, there are many reasons to be hopeful.

For example, Project Drawdown analysed the top 100 solutions to reach drawdown, where we start absorbing more carbon than we release, and the climate stabilises. They found that we already have all the solutions needed to stabilise the climate, and they even worked out the bill. Putting the solutions into place would cost less than doing nothing. (Because we don’t have to pay to clean up natural disasters and pressure on hospitals is relieved, etc.).

When we become more environmentally aware, we can also understand how the solutions to the climate crises can improve human health and make our lives even more prosperous. Rather than sacrificing our comfortable way of living to save the earth – we can start to understand that decisions for the planet also uplift people.

On a micro/personal level, insulating homes can reduce energy waste and, therefore, fossil fuel usage and help us save money on energy bills. By better understanding the problems and solutions to environmental issues like climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution, we can become better informed and more hopeful people who are willing and able to make the world a better place.

How to be environmentally aware in the workplace

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Becoming more environmentally aware in the workplace can start small. It can be taking some short online training to understand how to reduce our day-to-day impact at work or putting together a workplace coffee morning to share ideas about how our company can make a more positive impact on the environment.

Finding the most efficient way to use water and energy at work can help save money and be good for the planet. Small changes like suggesting a carpool for colleagues who live in the same area, adjusting the thermostat slightly in the office and making sure you don’t heat the building with the windows open etc., all add up.

These daily behaviours matter, but we must also dig deeper and look at our supply chains. More than 70% of a business’s carbon footprint comes from Scope 3 or off-site emissions. (Indirect emissions from making, transporting and disposing of all the products and services we purchase from external suppliers).

Larger companies will probably hire an external company to calculate and advise them on Scope 3 emissions. For smaller businesses, it might be more realistic and cost-effective to discuss this in-house and consider ways to work with responsible suppliers – something Topics 3-5 of our awareness course cover.

Benefits of environmental awareness in the workplace

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Becoming more environmentally aware in the workplace can help businesses thrive. And doing so is much easier than expected. Benefits can include:

  • Having a competitive advantage and being more appealing to customers.
  • Reducing waste – whether that’s wasted water, food, electricity, or raw materials – means reduced bills and better profitability.
  • Regenerative businesses can also be more appealing to employees and, therefore, have a lower staff turnover – because people can find meaning in their workplace and feel part of something bigger.
  • Having closer relationships with your suppliers can help future-proof your business. For example, suppose a catering company buys ingredients from a sustainable and local farm. In that case, it from future food supply problems affecting large supermarkets that import food from far-off places.
  • You can avoid fines, legal action, and damage to your image from polluting and unsustainable business practices.
  • We all need a healthy environment to thrive, and being environmentally aware in the workplace can help us contribute to a stable climate, biodiversity, and human well-being.

Looking for an Environmental Awareness course?

We offer an online environmental awareness course that gives you a solid foundation in how and why the climate is changing and how your company can take concrete steps to reduce waste, save money, and have a more positive impact on the world around you.

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