Earth Day, What’s it all about?
Earth day, at its core, is focused on the advancement of environmental protection. The Earthday.org site encourages us to focus on the “need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet.” On this same day, April 22nd, marches for science will take place around the country.
The idea that you alone cannot solve a global issue looms over most people and they might not find it worthwhile. The fact of the matter is this, with little effort throughout your day; you can have a massive impact! These actions speak loud and can create a ripple effect on your coworkers and family members. More and more people are aware of the dangers being reported by climate scientists.
Reduce Your Footprint on Earth
The March for Science protests is a great example to show your support. We need to bring our community together on this issue for Earth Day 2017. I would also like to talk about two separate subjects that will greatly reduce your “footprint” here on earth. One is to minimize disposable plastics, and the other, reducing your meat consumption.
Throughout my day, I am very conscious about my use of plastic. The most important are the use of disposable plastics. I would classify these items as being used just once and then thrown away. Typically, these items are used for less than 10-15 minutes. I urge people that in most cases, these items can be reused multiple times with little effort. Even if it is just one more time, this would reduce your use of that item by half!
Plastics in the Workplace
At GoEngineer, I am surrounded by 3D printers. Although we are mainly printing in plastics all day, rapid prototyping does have its benefits. In previous positions I have held, when we needed to create prototypes, we would generally rely on the suppliers to ship us their prototypes before we began production. This may not seem too crazy, but frequently we would work with overseas suppliers. The logistics escalated and our footprint quickly grew. A part that we can generate in less than a day versus having to wait for weeks on standard manufacturing methods and shipment is a vast improvement.
Stratasys is doing their part to go green too! Read about their Recycling and Returns Program.
As I’ve mentioned, I am constantly aware of my footprint. Three years ago I made the decision to go vegetarian, and ultimately vegan. A vegan diet eliminates the consumption of all animal products. Earthday.org provides some very daunting information on this industry.
The meat industry is responsible for approximately 20% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, producing one calorie of meat requires nearly twenty times the amount of energy as one plant calorie! The meat industry now emits over 36 billion tons of greenhouse gases annually.
The idea to go vegan scares most, but if you can reduce your meat consumption at all, it will help. I urge my friends to participate in meatless Mondays, or even to attempt their own diet that reduces any amount of animal products.
Seeing how much time our customers save using 3D printers we supply, I know we are helping the companies similar to those I have worked in the past. Engineers will have more and more resources at their fingertips as we progress, and GoEngineer will be here to help reduce time and resources needed for the future of our customer needs.