The term Climate Change has been more frequently used in present day conversations than twenty years ago. Sociological Studies suggested that as Society becomes more complex, so is its Language. This just tells us that the use of new words or phrases as topics depends on its evidence in that society. In connection with the present, the idea that Sociology has propounded is valid. The concept of Climate Change has really grown more obvious now in our contemporary society.
In the past, we often thought of little changes around us as trivial matters unworthy of our time. The hustles and bustles of life inadvertently shadowed these serious problems that now, we are afflicted with. We even thought of those Scientists who assiduously organize forums about its risks as absurd people; but the truth is, they are the true illuminators. They shed light to the things that we have been ignoring for a long time. There have been activities to fight this seemingly minutiae problem, but still, they are not adequate. We must think that problems facing the world will not be cleared if only one symptom is healed; a holistic mending is definitely necessary.
Though we carry on deluding ourselves into thinking that the world matches our ideal vista, the truth will always hit us with a tsunami (literally). Climate change is difficult to combat. That is why the more rapid it changes its pace (often faster and to our danger); the more agressive we must be in order to forbid it. Since the present Climate Change talks are focused on business (in particular factories and industries), why don’t we extend its range into its other parts, the offices. In this nook, a green-minded concept is extending its help- Green Ergonomics.
What is green ergonomics? Green Ergonomics is a coined-term which means the study of workplace design for the comfort and efficiency of workers instilled with social responsibility on the environment. To start the workplace renovation, the changes that may be prominent in a green workplace are the following:
1) Plants! – Buildings may drop the monotony in their designs by adding plants as ornaments to its walls and to its other parts;
2) Environment friendly office supplies- The materials that may be used are those made out of recyclable materials which are environment friendly in all its fibers;
3) Appliances- The use of low energy consumption (or those that use other sources of energy such as solar, wind, nuclear) is not just beneficial to the environment but also to the production costs of the company.
These are just few of the examples. We can still immerse ourselves on research and come up with new ones. Besides, if Necessity and Passion are present, an innovation will surely come out. This may also be attained through the initiative of both the private sector and the government of any society. The government, to advance such activities, may pass a mandate that states a reinvention of present workplaces into a “green workplace”. It is also an reward for the company utilizing green ergonomics for it send off a message to its customers (and would be customers) that it practices Social Responsibility.
Our solution to the ginormous Climate Change problem may be viewed as small; but still, if it can aid, it is decent to be called valiant. We are the dwellers of this precious planet. No one else will take care of her but us. So as her children, may we all find solutions in our respective fields and hope for her recovery. If we succeed, we have not only found her cure, we also added a new word to our diurnal conversations. That word/s may be the word of the year and the elixir of our planet’s illness. It is none other than the green-minded concept, Green Ergonomics.