In just a few short weeks we’ll be saying goodbye to 2016 and stepping into 2017, a new year providing a fresh start and a clean slate, those blank pages of the calendar giving people a little extra ‘oomph’ to make the changes they want to in their lives.
Being born in the 80’s and growing up in the 90’s, to think we’re going to be in the year 2017 soon just seems crazy, I mean 1996 feels like it was only a few years ago, I can’t believe two decades have passed since, and who can believe it’s been 15-years since Britters and Justin donned their legendary denim ensemble?
2017 always seemed like such a futuristic date – one of those years you see plastered across the screen to signify a change of setting in a sci-fi film, with humankind thriving on distant planets, everyone zipping around in flying cars, and a dystopian world where aliens and earth-dwellers live in peace together. However, we haven’t progressed as much as we might have hoped in the years that have passed.
There’s no denying it, in the past 150-years or so, we have come on leaps and bounds in terms of what we can achieve, mostly with the growth of technology and all that comes with it. But, with that growth has come a huge amount of damage to the planet, with huge great swathes of the natural world being lost as we expand the ever-increasing concrete jungles that house us.
But, in recent years we have become much more aware of the damage we are doing the planet, and measures are being taken on both a global and individual level to try and put right some of the illness we have cast upon our world, and to limit how much we affect it going forward. Recycling is now a necessity and, in the area I live, the Council switch the street lights off from midnight until 5am in an effort to save electricity and lower the carbon footprint.
One particular company who are taking a stand and trying to reduce their impact is IBDS who have begun their Lets Go Paperless campaign (#letsgopaperless), endeavouring to create a completely paperless environment in their offices.
This might not sound like a huge thing to be doing, but if you work in an office, as I do, then you’ll likely be getting through a lot more paper than you realise. Although the the majority of my work is done on a computer, there is still a surprising amount of paper involved as I take notes, print drawings, produce documents for assessment and signing etc… I may work mostly in an online world, but there is still a huge amount of hard documentation produced as a result.
The Lets Go Paperless Campaign has definitely got me thinking about how I can better manage my consumption of natural materials and I’m going to try and use as little paper as possible in future, hopefully lowering the impact I have on the world in 2017.
We may only be one person on our own, but if we work together, we can definitely make a difference.
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