Sri Lanka Wildlife Safari
As part of MCCS, we constantly strive to educate our stakeholders on climate change and motivate them to take action however possible. This includes, among other things, client awareness, community awareness, and staff training. We have answered some of the FAQs pertaining to climate change in keeping with our awareness initiatives.
What is Climate Change?
The earth’s atmosphere naturally contains greenhouse gases that absorb infrared energy that warms the earth’s surface. However, over the past few decades, increased human activity has resulted in increased emissions from sources such as industry and travel, adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere making the earth warmer, leading to changes in climactic conditions around the world.
The Earth’s atmosphere contains many chemical compounds that act as “greenhouse gases”. These gases displace the layer of Ozone that protects the earth, allowing more sunlight to enter the atmosphere freely. When sunlight strikes the Earth’s surface, some of it is reflected towards space as infrared radiation (heat). Greenhouse gases absorb this infrared radiation and trap the heat within the atmosphere. As a result, it causes extreme weather conditions and unexpected atmospheric changes that affect our livelihoods and lifestyles in many different ways. Increased incidence of death and serious illness caused by pollution, increased heat stress among livestock and wildlife, and damage caused to crops are among the problems caused by a change in climate. Climate change is already causing a shift in visitor numbers for some tourist destinations, increased electric cooling demand, and reduced energy supply reliability. All these show the global impact climate change has on the tourism and other industries.
Climate change has the potential to have devastating consequences for the future of the planet. However, if all of us make small changes in our lives and businesses, we will be able to reduce this impact and ensure that the earth is preserved for future generations.
Climate change action is now taking place globally with almost all developed nations committing to cut down greenhouse gas emissions through a global treaty known as the Kyoto Protocol. The apparel brands that are part of our service are essentially a part of this agenda, and early action by our organisation will help increase our competitiveness and market share in the global eco-tourism arena.
Mahoora is conscious of the negative impacts of climate change and also recognises the need to comply with international regulation to ensure the sustainability and competitiveness of our business. As such, we have initiated a programme to measure our own climate change contribution and to improve on our climate change impact.
The Energy Connection
Fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas are made up of hydrogen and carbon. Combustion of fossil fuels results in carbon combining with oxygen to create carbon dioxide.
The amount of carbon dioxide produced depends on the carbon content of the fuel. Fossil fuels supply 60% of the primary energy consumed in Sri Lanka and are responsible for a majority of emissions of carbon dioxide.
Therefore, every time we consume electricity or travel in a gasoline-fuelled vehicle, we produce carbon dioxide. As such, the less energy is consumed, the fewer fossil fuels are burnt and the lower our greenhouse gas emissions levels will be.
Measures to become energy efficient help increase company profits and reduces our impact on global warming.
What is a Carbon Footprint?
The carbon footprint is a measure of the exclusive global amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases emitted due to human activity or accumulated over the full life cycle of a product or service.
How will climate change affect you?
- Businesses tend to lose their competitive edge if they are ignorant with regard to climate issues.
- Increasing regulation of businesses will mean increasing regulatory risk for businesses who fail to comply.
In your Personal life:
- Impacts job security if business competitiveness is threatened due to regulatory risk and failure to comply.
- Extreme weather conditions that could cause damage to homes and businesses.
- Severe impacts on agriculture, food, and water availability due to prolonged droughts.
- Increased prevalence of disease and illness due to the warmer climactic conditions.
How will action on climate change be beneficial to us?
- We will be more competitive in the global tourism industry, as we will be visible as a carbon-neutral organisation.
- The ability to approach new markets and gain early specialisation in “low carbon” products.
- Ability to effectively use cost-efficient and sustainable processes in delivering experiences to our customers.
- Greater compliance with expected future regulations by local and international bodies.
For our team:
- Better working conditions.
- Healthier and therefore happier lifestyles.
- Creating a better environment for the future.
How you can contribute to lower your carbon footprint
Small lifestyle changes can have a significant impact on GHG emissions and can go a long way in reducing your carbon footprint. Listed below are some practical steps.
At home and at work
- Turn of lights, ceiling fans, and air conditioners when not needed.
- Use energy-efficient lighting. Compact fluorescent lamps last 10 times longer than ordinary incandescent light bulbs and use only a small proportion of the electricity.
- Make it a habit to turn appliances off rather than leaving them on standby. It is a common misconception that appliances on standby consume a very small amount of energy. It has been shown that a television on standby can use up to half as much as electricity as it does when it is switched on.
- Dry clothes using natural sunlight and wind instead of using a dryer.
- Only boil the amount of water needed when making hot drinks.
- Avoid using your car for short or unnecessary journeys.
- Take public transport whenever possible.
- Travel with one or more people going the same way, which will take their cars off the road. Car Pooling is highly recommended.
- Use less congested routes and avoid rush hour.
Recycling glass and paper saves a lot of energy and raw materials, and cuts down on pollution and causes less of an impact for the environment.