With the growing threat of climate change, the arctic ice melting, the miles of droughts and uncontrollable floods, the scarcity of water, growing animal extinction, increasing air pollution and lack of self-consciousness; the need for global action towards sustainable living is becoming ever so apparent. Many of us sit in helplessness wondering what we could do to help, and when we finally have that light-bulb moment, we resort to “oh, what difference would that make anyway?”.
The truth is, a number of us desperately need to change our lifestyles, and fast. With companies continuing to expand and resources becoming ever scarce, organisations are having to go to great lengths to meet high demand and retain profits with very little, if any, concern for the environment. In order to preserve our planet and begin to regrow what we have inevitably destroyed, organisations need to begin to look at the wider picture. They need to wake up and realise that even though they may be benefiting from juicy profits right now, if they carelessly continue as they are, there won’t even be a company to save in 30 years. Organisations need to be taking responsibility, putting their best foot forward and leading us - as consumers - into a sustainable future. Luckily for us, this is exactly what organisations like Urbane Eco are trying to do.
Urbane Eco is a leading sustainable building company based in Bristol who specialise in the installation and supply of eco-friendly insulation products for your home, as well as other energy efficiency measures. They believe in working towards creating homes which are healthy for their occupants but also kind on the planet. Although Urbane Eco are only built up of a small and collective team, they still believe in going that extra mile in order to support their passion of building (quite literally) a sustainable future.
As an additional demonstration of their commitment to promoting clean energy sources and green-living, Urbane Eco attended Peace Partners’ Waves of Change: Peace and Sustainability forum as a workshop facilitator. The Waves of Change event was full of attendees from all different backgrounds who came together to share their thoughts, opinions, experiences and interest in Peace and Sustainability. The event enabled Urbane Eco to spread awareness about themselves as a company but also about how renewable energy can be used as a mechanism for global change. Leading the Clean Energy Workshop, Urbane Eco wanted to establish the strength of feeling, knowledge and openness of attendees towards the concept of adopting 100% clean energy throughout the UK. The workshop consisted of a number of hot discussions around whether it is firstly desirable for the UK to move towards a 100% goal and secondly, how this could be achieved, if achievable at all.
The session allowed participants to share their views on renewable energy and whether they deemed it to be achievable within the UK. Having such a wide variety of participants enabled the opportunity to hear different perspectives, think outside the box and discuss conflicting ideas. One attendee stated; “It made me think that if there were so many people who desired clean energy, it should really be achievable, and so it made me question what was preventing it from being implemented?”. Urbane Eco showed great gratitude towards the event, with Nick saying; “The day went really well, and I was very impressed by the quality of contribution from both speakers and attendees”.
Peace Partners are delighted to have the opportunity to host initiatives such as Waves of Change as a platform for organisations and individuals to use to expand their knowledge on green-living. We believe that the promotion and actions of sustainable living and peace-building go hand-in-hand. We all want the same end means; individuals to be able to live in contentment without jeopardising the lives of others around them or future generations, whether this be through lack of resources, food and shelter, poor quality air, pollution, or war and conflict - all of which affect our chances of survival. Through our promotion of peace, we believe that everyone should have equal access to clean water, nutritious food, shelter, education and opportunities. The promotion of sustainability is exactly the same but with consideration of resources; ensuring that everyone is satisfied without greed - something that corporate giants cannot seem to control.
On the other hand, Urbane Eco are a perfect example for how organisations should be operating; ensuring that their customers receive the the best possible quality of service and product, as well as being environmentally aware. Moving forward, Urbane Eco plan to develop the ‘Get it from the Sun’ campaign discussed at Waves of Change by their own guest speaker, Professor Keith Farnham. The campaign stems from the idea that the sun is our most valuable resource and could easily provide all the energy that the UK needs. Peace Partners are pleased to support new initiatives and technology that aim to protect and preserve our precious environment - we look forward to collaborating with such organisations in the future, moving forward to a shared vision a global peace and sustainability.