2019 Rewind: What Has the Past Year Looked Like for Sustainability?
The past year has seen the US Women’s national soccer team take gold, Avengers: Endgame crush box office records and an art installation solely consisting of a banana duct-taped to a wall sell for $120,000 before being promptly eaten in a separate piece of performance art — but how has the sustainability movement progressed during this time?
At Cenergistic, we’ve worked at creating a culture of energy conservation within each one of our clients’ organizations. Around the world: the nascent stages of electric commercial airplane development signal a major breakthrough in an industry responsible for significant pollution, the construction industry has developed a sustainable method of creating concrete and colleges across the country have drastically reduced their collective fossil fuel consumption.
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- Increasingly severe weather ravaged parts of the United States yet again. This year, wildfires forced California utility provider Pacific Gas & Electric to shut off power intermittently to hundreds of thousands of customers at a time, and powerful hurricanes along the Southern US coast threatened the lives of millions. Climate experts have warned that these catastrophic weather patterns will likely become the norm if climate change is not contained by 2030.
- Rising sea levels continue to threaten coastal communities. Most notably, Greenland’s ice sheet continues to melt at a harrowing rate, and the Antarctic sheet follows closely behind. Recent floods that devastated Venice and the prospect of losing Puerto Rico's coastline have archaeologists scrambling to preserve artifacts before they are lost forever to the rising tides.
- Despite gains in renewable energy sources, rampant smog continues to plague many cities across the world. Pollution has been linked to decreased learning ability in children and higher levels of crime. Delhi’s pollution has become so remarkable that experts have compared breathing the air to smoking more than a pack of cigarettes per day. Some cities, such as Paris, Oslo and Mexico City, have taken action to combat pollution through efforts to decrease car traffic within city limits.
As the sun sets on 2019 and we see what the 2020s have in store, now is an excellent time to consider what more can be done to protect our planet. If your organization is looking for an effective way to reduce energy consumption and significantly save on utility bills, contact Cenergistic today for further information at 1-855-798-7779 or visit Cenergistic.com.