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There’s a debate worldwide at the moment on whether or not we ruined any chance of sustaining life on earth for another few hundred years. Did we push our planet too far, so far that no matter what we do life on earth will not be sustainable in a few centuries?
More than 15,000 scientists in 184 countries have signed a letter urging the world to address major environmental issues. As they said; “Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory, and time is running out.”
Time is indeed running out. It’s a good thing we have geniuses like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos exploring alternative options. Elon Musk believes we’ll be able to establish a population of 1 Million people on Mars within roughly 50 years. Jeff Bezos on the other hand thinks we should build huge settlements in space (kind of like in the TV show The 100) and on the moon. Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and currently the richest man in the world with a fortune of something like 110 Billion dollars, is building the infrastructure to be able to send shipments into space and bring shipments back using his companies Amazon and Blue Origin.
"Energy is limited here. In at least a few hundred years ... all of our heavy industry will be moved off-planet. Earth will be zoned residential and light industrial. You shouldn't be doing heavy energy on earth. We can build gigantic chip factories in space."
Says Jeff Bezos in an interview with The Verge's Walt Mossberg at the code conference in 2016. ''Solar energy, for instance, is more practical for factories in space”, he continues. "We don't have to actually build them here. The Earth shades itself, [whereas] in space you can get solar power 24/7.”
Wait, what? This means we’ll be building cars, ships, machinery and a bunch of other stuff in space? By that point, it might be robots that are actually building these things, but that’s a whole other topic.
Space travel and spaceships are incredibly interesting subjects and we’re lucky that the great minds of our time are focusing so much time and resources to find solutions. Our simple view at ergonofis however, is the following; Life on earth is truly magical and, whether or not we end up with civilizations on Mars and in space, we owe it to the children of our children to do as much as we can every day to improve our odds of keeping human life on this magical planet. When you think about it, even if the pessimists are right and we’re too late to redeem Earth, what’s the cost of trying to improve it anyhow?
The way we see it, we have two options:
1) We quit. We say screw it and press the gas pedal as hard as we can without caring about the effects our actions have.
2) We care about our planet, we respect Earth and we take small steps every day to improve it. For a few ideas on how you can help with little actions every day, read this short article.
I don’t know about you, but option number two sounds much better, regardless of the outcome. The simple actions we can do every day to at least try to improve Earth are nothing compared to the idea of losing it. With that in mind, here are a few things we did at ergonofis in 2017 to help:
We planted 1,125 trees with the help of our trusted partner One Planted Tree.
In fact, every new employee gets an eco-friendly Miu color Glass Water Bottle on his/her first day to encourage them to think about each small action one can take to improve.
We use eco-friendly powder coating to add the black mat, white or silver to our frames.
Our laminate tops are built locally to minimize the detrimental effects of long haul shipping.
Our wood tops for our bestseller, the Sway Desk, are sourced from local wood species and built by hand locally as well.
Our boxes are 100% recyclable and we use heavy duty blankets instead of boxes for local deliveries and installations.
We were to exchange 2 Sway sit/stand desks against visibility in front of an audience of 3 million people. The visibility came in the form of a gasoline truck driving around with huge screens where our video would play. Our financial costs were extremely low compared to the visibility we would get, it was clearly a great marketing investments that would generate tremendous ROI (return on investment), but we decided as a team that it was against our values of sustainable business practices.
We sincerely hope that sharing our thoughts and the small steps we took to help our planet in 2017 will inspire more businesses to do the same. Remember, we owe it to the children of our children. We owe them the chance to witness the beauty and magic of Earth.
Take action today, share this article with someone who can bring changes in his/her business or read this quick article for 7 easy actions you can take today.
Stats from following articles
Warning letter: http://earthsky.org/earth/letter-scientists-warn-environmental-dangers
1 Million on mars within 50 years: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/06/21/elon-musk-create-city-mars-million-inhabitants/
Jeff about building manufacturing in space: https://www.recode.net/2016/6/1/11826514/jeff-bezos-space-save-earth