Power of One: 4 Ways You Can Take on Climate Change

Have you heard about the Power of One?

There has been a lot of talk in the news about climate change, from record-breaking heat to more extreme weather events.

 
These stories are a great opportunity to recognize the toll these changes can take on people. This awareness lets us zone in on who are especially vulnerable and what kind of help they need.
 
To be honest, the gravity of the problem can feel overwhelming.
 
Trying to solve such a big, complex challenge can leave you feeling helpless or powerless. And however unlikely it may seem that one person can make a difference, one person actually can.
 
It’s the idea behind the Power of One.
 

“No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” 

 
While we each have individual journeys, and alone our strength may seem small, it’s not. There is an entire group of supporters and like-minded individuals around us who are discovering with us and helping us as we go.
 
This is fun and exhilarating and fulfilling. Because change only happens when individuals act. As Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
 
So, let’s get started. Here are four ways you can raise your voice, take action and get involved to take on climate change.

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Arm Yourself with Education

The New York Times published a new report from scientists at 13 federal agencies. The study found that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change. So, how do you get involved? Do your research! This will help you learn how to change some of your behaviors to reduce your impact on the environment.

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Follow Your Money

Do you invest? Become a shareholder activist. One way to combat climate change be selective about the companies you invest in. Are you researching their sustainability policies? Making an impact takes more than just recycling; we must avoid funding bad practices. Think about investing in companies that use clean, safe renewables.
You can even drive change with your smartphone! With apps like Buycott or OpenLabel, you can scan product bar codes and spot harmful products. These apps also help you find companies like TreeZero that have strong sustainable products.

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Use Fewer Resources

There’s a good chance you’re already doing some of the things that help reduce your own carbon footprint, such as:
  1. Using energy-saving light bulbs
  2. Reducing meat consumption or buying locally produced food
These small steps are vital. Also consider:
  1. Reducing your water usage
  2. Walking or riding your bike
  3. Taking public transportation
  4. Carpooling with a friend or coworker
Conserving resources is good for everybody, especially the planet.

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Advocate

Use your voice and let others know what you’ve learned about great sustainable practices. Talk with your family and friends. It’s great that you want to change your habits, but the real magic happens when you convince others to adopt greener lifestyles. This sets off a ripple effect, as one person tells two more and those two tell two more, and so on.
 
Remind your peers that working together can make a greater difference. Get involved with conservation and volunteer to protect local green spaces. Consider asking local lawmakers to encourage projects that improve the environment around you.

 

Now you can go forward with confidence knowing that you can take on climate change and make a difference. As Jane Goodall said, “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

Oh, and never forget about the Power of One.

 

TreeZero EVP Jeff Foote Named Finalist in the 2017 Atlanta E3 Awards

TreeZero EVP Jeff Foote Named Finalist in the 2017 Atlanta E3 Awards

Environmentalist Recognized for Global Vision, Leadership

ATLANTA – August 1, 2017 – Jeff Foote, executive vice president of sustainability at TreeZero, was named a finalist for the 2017 Atlanta E3 Awards. Presented by the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the awards celebrate organizations and individuals for their work in sustainable business practices.

Foote joined TreeZero in 2016 to spearhead sustainability efforts for the company and its environmentally responsible agro fiber paper products. He leads TreeZero’s carbon neutrality program as well as relationship development with environmental organizations across the globe. Prior to TreeZero, Foote was a tenured leader at The Coca-Cola Company, developing world-class conservation initiatives.

“My passion for helping organizations use fewer resources and become more profitable has been the driving force behind my professional journey,” said Foote. “I’ve had the opportunity to work on environmental issues on all seven continents while helping hundreds of organizations increase recycling, reduce energy and water use. I am extremely proud of the high-quality tree free carbon neutral paper TreeZero is supplying our customers. For many, it is a simple first step on the journey to a more circular economy.”

TreeZero reuses an existing byproduct made from a sugarcane waste that would typically be burned or landfilled for its tree free paper. Additionally, TreeZero has achieved carbon neutrality through a strategic alliance with Wildlife Works, which helps fund conservation efforts in Africa.

“Environmentally friendly and sustainable business practices are critical to our future, not just for metro Atlanta, but also for metro regions globally,” said Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “We are grateful for all of the companies that are recognized as E3 Award finalists. Their forward-thinking impact in keeping our region engaged in conservation is a great benefit to our ongoing quality of life.”

Winners in each category will be announced during a special event at the Marriott Marquis, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. For more information on the 2017 E3 Awards, visit www.atlantae3awards.com.

 

About TreeZero

TreeZero is an Atlanta-based sustainable solutions company that markets, supplies and distributes environmentally responsible agro fiber paper products. TreeZero paper is the only premium 100 percent tree free, carbon neutral paper made from sugarcane waste fiber. It is completely recyclable within existing recycling systems and surpasses other recycled paper brands in Ricoh tests. TreeZero paper is available at office supply distributors such as Artlite, Essendant, Office Depot/Office Max®, Ricoh Canada, Staples®, Veritiv™ and W.B. Mason, online at Amazon and Walmart and in-store at FedEx® Office locations nationwide. For more information, visit www.treezero.com and connect with TreeZero on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


About the Metro Atlanta Chamber

The Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) serves as a catalyst for a more prosperous and vibrant region. To advance economic growth and improve metro Atlanta’s quality of place, MAC is focused on starting, growing and recruiting companies to the 29-county metro Atlanta region. The Chamber is also focused on expanding the region’s innovation economy by promoting and strengthening connections to drive Atlanta’s innovation and entrepreneurial culture. MAC is committed to being an active voice for the business community, serving as an advocate for a competitive business climate and promoting Atlanta’s story. For more information, visit www.MetroAtlantaChamber.com.

 

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