The implications of going green

The planet is overheating, we are responsible, we need to act now. Are these just catchphrases or do they mean a lot more? To you as an individual and to your smallest collective – your family? Whether you agree or not, the concept of being responsible for your impact on your environment and taking the onus for the long term effects is now being touted as the next revolution for mankind.

Take the case of Britain’s National Heritage Trust. It is changing every incandescent bulb in the properties it manages to compact fluorescent bulbs. 40,000 bulbs will be changed. You may argue about the cost of the bulbs that are going to be thrown away in the process, but the net result for the Trust is a projected savings of 250,000 pounds a year in energy costs!

That, to a lesser degree is the impact that everyone can enjoy by just doing away with Edison’s most famous invention. In a discussion we had with an automotive designer, the filament bulb was described as a heater that also happened to throw out light. If so much of its energy is being dissipated as heat, it is no wonder that the bulb is seen as wasteful.

This month, we chat with the CEO of Towell Auto Centre on their Eco drive. As a non-brand initiative, it is commendable and we must applaud the long-term perspective they are taking in bringing about change, not just in TAC but in the society around us.

From saving electricity, to growing plants and recycling initiatives and most relevant to our pages – saving fuel in cars, more companies like TAC can drive a sense of involvement and being responsible. We shouldn’t use energy and resources just because we can afford it – a sense of responsibility will automatically have us turning off lights, switching of air-conditioning and switching off our engines when not needed.

Perhaps, mankind will respond before it is too late. We need to leave a living, breathing entity called Earth for our future generations – not one that is destined for the cosmic scrapheap. And the path to that begins from turning off a light bulb.

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