As a family-owned insurance company committed to our local communities, we recognize the critical role that our planet plays in our daily lives. Earth Day, observed annually on April 22, serves as an important reminder to prioritize the health and well-being of our environment.
The last couple of years have brought many challenges, including the global outbreak of COVID-19. In response, organizations such as 350.org, CAN International, The Climate Reality Project, and Greenpeace called on governments to implement a #JustRecovery plan. This plan called for prioritizing people’s health, providing economic relief directly to individuals, supporting workers and communities rather than corporate executives, building resilience for future crises, and creating solidarity and community across borders. Unfortunately, we have seen a stark difference in the responses to the pandemic between countries, and many of the principles of a just recovery have yet to be fully realized.
However, the principles of a just recovery can also be applied to addressing the effects of climate change and transitioning to a more sustainable future. Climate change is a global issue that affects us all, and it is caused by human activity. Natural disasters, such as cyclones, floods, and earthquakes, are becoming more frequent and severe due to climate change. These events can have devastating impacts on communities and their environments, and they are not limited to certain regions or countries.
So, what can we do to address the climate emergency and work towards a just recovery? The first step is to take collective action and build people power to bring about real change. This can be done by supporting campaigns in our local communities, joining a local group, and adding our names to calls for a just recovery.
In addition to supporting these efforts, there are also actions that we can take as individuals to reduce our impact on the environment. This can include making eco-friendly choices in our daily lives, such as using reusable bags and water bottles, reducing energy consumption, and supporting sustainable businesses.
As an insurance company, we are committed to doing our part in protecting the environment and promoting sustainable practices. We encourage our policyholders to join us in this effort by taking action and making conscious choices that support the health and well-being of our planet.
On this Earth Day, let’s remember the importance of taking care of our planet and commit to taking action to preserve it for future generations. Together, we can work towards a future where we can all thrive in a healthy and sustainable environment.