Environmentalists are individuals who devote time and effort to protecting the environment. These individuals come from different backgrounds and yet have a common goal or belief. The commitments made by environmentalists address several issues in the environment. Whether it is climate change, preservation, or restoration, each environmentalist has made a positive, influential change in the environment that is worth discussing.
John Muir is a famous environmentalist, naturalist, and conservationist who advocated for nature in many ways. Muir had a way with words that inspired others. His many writings broadcasted nature, it inspired those around them and provided a new perspective on nature itself. Due to Muir’s love for nature, several national parks have been established.
Jane Goodall is best known for spending years exploring social interactions with chimpanzees. Her exploration provided new perspectives and corrected previous insights about the species, noting that they are knowledgable and sociable. Goodall has been a very influential individual and is commonly known when it comes to being an environmentalist.
Alexander von Humboldt
Alexander von Humboldt is considered the Father of Environmentalism. Humboldt was intrigued by his surroundings and discovered ideas that were considered radical at the time. Humboldt wrote his discoveries from traveling and seeing different species around the globe that would go on to interpret nature for what it is and inspire creative thinkers and curious minds.
Wangari Maathai is the first African American woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize. Maathai was a professor and activist who fought for social, environmental, and political change. Additionally, she is known for the Green Belt Movement, which planted millions of trees as a solution for women in Kenya’s needs (i.e., food, water, convenience, and reliability).
Like many individuals on this list. Aldo Leopold was more than just an Environmentalist and falls into many categories due to his acts and accomplishments. Some consider Leopold the Father of wildlife ecology and he is best known for his text, A Sand County Almanac.
These individuals have left a true imprint on the world today. Their accomplishments and accompanying text have inspired many.
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In many urban areas, it’s normal to look up at night and not see a starry sky—and that isn’t a good thing. Excessive use of man-made light has caused harmful light pollution to invade our night skies, preventing us from seeing the natural beauty of the sky, and negatively impacting the health of all living beings.
Unlike other forms of pollution, light pollution is reversible, but only if we act.
In this blog post, we’ll learn more about the effects of light pollution, how to reduce light pollution, and how the International Dark-Sky Association is advocating for darker skies worldwide.
What Is Light Pollution?
Light pollution is the lightening of skies due to excessive and unnecessary use of artificial light. Artificial light can refer to street lights, house lights, and other man-made light sources that disrupt the observation of starts and other celestial bodies in the night sky.
Light pollution is entirely man-made, and is caused by industrial civilization. Light pollution can also be categorized into four different components:
Glare ->An excess amount of brightness that causes discomfort to the eyes
Skyglow ->Wasted light and energy present in the sky of uninhabited areas
Light trespass->When light falls in places that it is not needed
Clutter -> Too much light grouped in an area that causes confusing and bright light
This type of pollution may not seem like much of an issue for those who have become accustomed to starless nights or don’t consider themselves stargazers, but the consequences of lighter skies are more severe than you may think.
Here are only a few of the ways that light pollution negatively impacts our world:
Like animals, humans have a biological clock, known as our circadian rhythm, that relies on natural light to dictate our sleeping and waking patterns. However, artificial light can greatly disrupt this circadian rhythm and can even suppress our melatonin disruption—an essential hormone that helps keep our immune system healthy, and helps several of our internal organs function properly.
While all artificial light can harm the melatonin production in our body, there is one kind that is worse than others: blue light.
Blue light is the light that’s found in the screens of many of our technological devices, such as:
Certain light bulbs in your house may also contain more blue light rather than warmer temperature lights, and exposure to this harsh blue light at nighttime could be preventing you from getting the proper sleep your body needs.
The best way to limit your blue light exposure at home is to decrease screen time at night, or at least switch your devices to a “warm temperature” setting if possible. You should also consider checking the types of light bulbs you have using the Kelvin Temperature Scale, and consider switching your bulbs to ones with warmer colors and with a maximum temperature of 3000K.
Wildlife & Ecosystems
While animals aren’t surfing the internet at night and exposing themselves to harmful blue lights from phone and TV screens, wildlife is still negatively impacted by our excessive use of artificial light situated on the outside of our homes, emitted from street lamps, and a variety of other sources.
Artificial light is powerful enough to make the nighttime mimic the day time with the amount of excessive light in the sky. This is confusing for nocturnal animals as well as those that thrive in the daytime and rely on the natural night skies for feeding, mating, sleeping, and several other essential actions.
Take frogs, for example. Many dwell in wetland habitats and croak at night to find mates, but thanks to light pollution, this nocturnal activity is disrupted, affecting breeding rituals and repopulation of the species.
In addition to animals, artificial light also negatively affects plants, harming growth in agriculture crops and several wild species.
Crime & Safety
There is not sufficient evidence to connect well-lit streets with a decrease in collisions and crime rates. In other words, the light used to brighten many empty streets at night generally does more harm than good, creating light pollution and harming human health rather than helping it.
Wasted energy associated with artificial light in the US equates to $3.3 billion each year, and from an environmental standpoint, translates into 21 million tons of carbon dioxide emitted into the air per year.
While wasted energy can be attributed to misuse of artificial light, it can also mean the type of light bulbs that are being used are not optimal. LED lightbulbs and CFLs are much more energy efficient than other kinds of light bulbs.
Night Sky Heritage
Even if it’s been a while since you did some stargazing of your own, you more than likely have seen or heard of references to starry skies. Literature, science, and everything in-between has found inspiration, made technological advancements, and even found guidance thanks to dark skies:
Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting, “Starry Night”
Learning about the universe and our place in it
Navigating the globe
The moon landing and continued space exploration
Reducing Light Pollution: International Dark-Sky Association
Even if this is the first time you’re hearing about the seriousness of light pollution, there’s a group that has been advocating for darker skies since 1988: The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA).
For over thirty years, the activists of IDA have committed themselves to spreading awareness about the negative impacts of light pollution and showing everyday people how they can make changes at home to restore our skies.
Even though IDA has evolved on a global scale since the association’s inception, light pollution is still increasing at an alarming light thanks to the influx in industrial lighting over the years and urbanization of historically untouched areas. The International Dark-Sky Association continues to host educational events and meetings to inform the community about the severity of light pollution, and has several chapters filled with activists working hard to protect our skies.
In addition to outreach programs, the International Dark-Sky Association has created a Fixture Seal of Approval that helps homeowners, businesses, and anyone who uses a light bulb to make sure that they have responsible outdoor lighting.
Responsible outdoor lighting refers to lighting that decreases or eliminates the four main components of light pollution previously discussed:
This may include switching to warm light bulbs to eliminate harmful blue light, adding shades to keep light localized, and more.
The International Dark-Sky Association has also devised a plan to protect our night skies, which is divided into four parts:
Celebrate the Night
Protecting our skies starts with recognizing the value of them. Understanding that irresponsible use of artificial light poses a serious threat to our health and the health of all living things is essential, in order to help motivate us to take action.
Dark Sky Protection
By creating chapters across the globe, continuing to have outreach programs, and creating lighting certifications are only a few of the way that IDA advocates for darker skies, protecting our nights from artificial light.
Lighting Where We Live
Whether you live in a small town or a booming city, the International Dark-Sky Association believes that we need to all work together to make changes in our communities to create positive impacts. Adhering to responsible lighting policies and practices is only one small way to make a big change in any community.
Even though light pollution is increasing, we can work together to reverse the damage and restore our starry skies. Through intentional actions and group efforts, we can make a positive change.
To learn more about all that the International Dark-Sky Association is doing in your community and others across the globe, visit IDA’s website.
How You Can Advocate for Darker Skies & Reduce Light Pollution
Ready to start eliminating light pollution in your community once and for all? Your first steps for advocating for darker skies can be as simple as raising awareness about the harmful effects of irresponsible outdoor lightning by notifying friends, family, and other members of your community. To stay informed, become an IDA member to receive newsletters about the success of nighttime protection efforts being made across the globe, and other Dark-Sky initiatives.
After you’ve completed these easy steps, try out these five ideas to start making your nights darker:
Asses the Lighting Around Your Home & Business
Lead by example and reduce light pollution in your own backyard—literally.
Check your property for inefficient and excessive lighting, indoors and outdoors. You may be surprised to find that many of your outdoor lighting is missing a simple shade which can help localize light and aim it down onto the ground, eliminating the amount that bleeds into the sky.
Here are a few other ways that you can reduce light pollution around you:
Install motion sensors and timers that automatically turn off lights when not in use
Install light bulbs that don’t have high amounts of blue light
One of the best ways you can advocate for darker skies in your community is by spreading the word. By setting up outreach tables with information about the International Dark-Sky Association’s mission and the need to reduce light pollution, you can start to raise awareness. All International Dark-Sky Association members can request free printed brochures to pass out to people in your town.
You can even go a step further and check out your community’s light ordinance to see if there are any rules in place to help protect our skies. Many local governments will supply this information to the public either on their website or over the phone. If there’s currently not a light ordinance in place to help reduce light pollution in your town, then follow these steps to get a light ordinance approved in your community.
Show your support for darker skies by purchasing IDA’s t-shirts and other products in the convenient online store. A t-shirt can be a great conversation starter, and an easy way to spread the word about the importance of dark skies in your community. A percentage of your purchase also goes towards saving our skies from artificial light.
Become a Community Scientist
Even if you don’t have a scientific background, you can still become a community scientist and help put an end to light pollution. As a citizen scientist, you’ll help measure light pollution in your community and report your findings back to scientists who will use the data to better understand skyglow and its impact.
All you need to start is a smartphone and a few minutes of your time. Learn more about how to become a citizen scientist by clicking here.
Visit a Dark Sky Place
What better way to support dark skies than by celebrating them? Thanks to IDA’s Dark Sky Program, you can find a location with minimal to no artificial light near you. Since many of these dark sky locations are located within state parks and other protected areas, any money you may spend to visit a dark sky location will go towards supporting the area and protecting its natural beauty.
Become a Dark Sky Advocate Today!
What are you waiting for?
Become an IDA member and start advocating for darker skies in your community now! With your help, we can continue our fight to reduce light pollution and the negative impacts associated with excessive, irresponsible man-made light.
Big changes start with small steps, and at Ecolink, we believe that every step counts, no matter how tiny it may seem. That may look as simple as swapping out toxic chemicals at your business for eco-friendly ones that are not only safer for the environment, but also for your team’s personal health.
To learn more about Ecolink’s dedication to the environment and our efforts to responsibly supply and formulate chemical solutions for industrial use, contact us today!
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Recycling is converting or repurposing waste into a new, usable product, allowing its lifespan to provide a variety of uses—eliminating waste.
The Origin of Recycling
Due to a lack of resources, this method, recusing/recycling became a common practice. It is said that there is no particular person who can take credit for the process of recycling but the earliest forms of this practice date back to ancient times. With the timeline dating back several centuries ago, the evolution of recycling is drastic.
Throughout history, different areas of the world have gone about recycling a bit differently due to resources and relativity.
A Brief Recycling Timeline
While it is possible to go on and on about the history of recycling, this breakdown will give you a gist of the adaptation and evolvement. It is important to keep in mind that recycling at times (i.e., during war) had to be utilized due to shortages. It is also important to keep in mind that depending on the time and the circumstances, the popularity of recycling fluctuated.
Origins and Types of Recycling
Recycling of paper
The late 1600s-1800s
Upcycling recycled cloth and rags
Collection of waste, metals, and of course, paper
Recycling bins introduced, Green Movement, First Earth Day
Recycling laws were introduced (via Congress due to waste becoming a developing issue)
Reuse and recycling programs
Sortation plants for waste
The trend of single-use items
Incentives for recycling
In Recent Years
Reusable bags and cups
Paper products begin to replace plastic
The link between waste and climate change
Recycling of electronics
Banning of plastic bags in certain states
Continued awareness of waste, and the impact it has on the environment
Why Should You Make A Change?
You should recycle because it’s a choice that will pay off in the long run! There is no doubt that the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle (a phrase created during the 1900s) hold weight and their payout is worth it!
What Does Ecolink Do?
Ecolink does not shy away from the importance of keeping our environment safe and clean. That’s why we offer you chemical products that have fewer chemicals. We take pride in what we do and with over 30 years of experience, you can feel confident about shopping with us! Looking for industrial-grade chemicals for your company? Get in touch with us today! We look forward to connecting with you.
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Imagine a business with purpose and transparency. A business determined to make a positive impact on the environment and communities embedded. That is a B-Corporation.
A B-Corporation, also known as B Corp or Certified B Corporation, is a company that has decided to undergo a verification process through B-Lab (a non-profit) that certifies that the business has committed to its mission, and has willing to exhibit the highest set standards for social and environmental performance.
What is the Purpose of a B-Corporation?
B-Corporations engage and promote adaptation and innovation through positive social and environmental practices. Being a B-Corporation has several benefits internally and externally. Whether you’re a small start-up company or a large, rapidly growing company, you can apply for B-Corporation certification. While the process can be challenging the impact of being a B-Corporation is powerful.
What Can a B-Corporation Do?
Influence sustainable commitments
Connect and collaborate with communities
Broadcast commitment to the mission statement
Make positive changes in and for the environment
Alleviate financial burdens
Support the B-Labs Theory of Change
How to Become a B-Corporation?
Remember, the process is complex but keeping a few things in mind when trying to become certified will save you a bit of time! In order to become a B-Corporation, one must demonstrate the following:
Align your values
Your business must demonstrate the highest set standards of business practices.
Make a promise and stick to it
Make a promise to have a positive influence on the world and follow through!
Benefits of a Certification
Sense of community
Positive impact on the world
Gain more traction for your business
How is Ecolink Making A Change?
Here at Ecolink, we look forward to servicing your company! We too are committed to making a positive impact on the environment. We provide products you can rely on and guess what? They’re not harmful to the environment! Get in contact with one of our team members today to see how you can integrate quality and promising chemical products into your business!
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Ecolink continuously strives to be environmentally friendly and aware. In doing so, we believe in advocating for the current generation and the ones to come. We have established a reputation for supplying sustainable, eco-friendly products which are hard to come by in the industry. There are several ways to be more eco-friendly and it is a choice we should all pledge to. It all starts with being aware. Here are five ways to be a bit more eco-friendly, no matter what you do! Taking these five small, but impactful steps to become more eco-friendly provides a major payoff and the environment will thank you for it!
Make yourself aware
As mentioned above, being more environmentally friendly starts with being aware! First, start by assessing if you’re doing more harm than good for the environment during production. Do you find yourself wasting products or energy, interacting with toxic chemicals, or simply wasting? If so, set goals to change that! Taking this small, but drastic step would have a major impact on the environment!
Buy in bulk
Buying in bulk allows your facility to interact with less waste, making sure that packaging is limited and you’re buying larger quantities instead of repetitively buying smaller quantities of the products you know you use frequently.
Invest in Sustainable Products
Buying green chemicals is a great option to be more eco-friendly and they work just as well, if not better than harsher chemicals! Investing in sustainable products means fewer toxic chemicals that you and your business have to interact with.
Partner with Green Suppliers
Buying from green suppliers can create lifelong connections. Building connections and networking is essential for any business, so why not partner with a company that has your best interest in mind, is eco-friendly, and ultimately has the same mission and values as you?
Properly disposing of waste and avoiding contamination is ideal. Plus, this helps reduce the displacement of the toxic or general waste that is harmful to the environment.
Looking to become more Environmentally Friendly?
Making small changes can have a huge impact on the environment and we are here to support you along the way! Looking for a reliable eco-friendly supplier? Our team at EcoLink looks forward to aiding you in your journey to being more eco-friendly. Don’t hesitate to reach out today with any inquiries!
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