The 11th annual Ricoh Global Eco Action Month begins today with the aim of improving awareness of the environment and improve the quality of environmental management. The Ricoh Group, an IT services company, are using the month of June to encourage their employees to think environmentally. Ricoh are also holding Common Action Day ahead of UN World Environment Day.
At COP21 held in December last year, 195 countries agreed to set new goals to combat climate change and adopted the Paris Agreement. Various efforts need to be taken to achieve these goals. The Ricoh Group places importance on activities such as Ricoh Global Eco Action, which provides an opportunity for each Ricoh Group employee around the world to recognise the need to conserve the environment and encourages them to take action as an individual as well as a member of society.
The Ricoh Group promotes sustainable environmental management globally alongside the simultaneous achievement of both environmental conservation and profit generation. Many people have been invited to participate in eco action. To promote relevant action, the characteristics of each country and region have been reflected in the programme, as well as the fun and ease of each action were also taken into consideration.
Each organisation within the group has created their own programme and the network of participants has expanded from employees to include relatives, friends, and customers, and the action programme has also evolved in various directions.
The theme for this year’s event is “sharing the ‘eco mind’ together.” Ricoh will hold an event with about 110,000 Ricoh Group employees around the world, in Japan, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Americas.
As well as taking every opportunity to encourage participation in activities and sharing information via various different media, Ricoh’s aim is to join forces with employees, families, friends, local residents, and customers to develop the scope of eco action on an even larger scale.
As part of Common Action Day on Friday 3 June, Ricoh will turn off signage on all billboards and Ricoh logo signboards at all Group companies around the world. The electricity used by Ricoh Group facilities all over the world will be provided via natural energy by making use of the Renewable Energy Certificate and employees will come to work wearing green articles of clothing and accessories to highlight Eco Action Month.
During the month other Ricoh Group organisations will be promoting Eco Action Month. Ricoh Asia Pacific Pte Ltd will hold an Eco Action Day panel discussion with representatives from companies, governments, and citizens, including the minister for the Environment and Water Resources as one of the panelists (in collaboration with Eco-Business) to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Eco Action Day in Asia.
Ricoh Europe PLC will participate in a biodiversity conservation activity together with the NPO Royal Parks Foundation, with participation by employee volunteers.
Ricoh USA, Inc. are to hold Eco Action educational activities and make an eco pledge by participants at the “International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF),” the world’s largest international pre-college science and technology competition.
Domestic business sites of Ricoh Company, Ltd will attempt to provide eco-friendly meals at the cafeteria and Ricoh Company, Ltd will deliver a commemorative lecture for group employees
Ricoh Japan Corporation are to participate in Arakawa River cleanup activities with Group employees, their family members, customers, and local residents, and learn about creatures in this river and how to protect them.
Finally, Ricoh Group employees will be asked to sign their own eco declarations on the intranet, showing their commitment to actively participating in environmental conservation activities at home and in the community, as well as in the office.
The Ricoh Group will continue to carry out Ricoh Global Eco Action as a springboard to promote environmental initiatives and awareness all over the world.
Extra-Mile Water Conservation Efforts Amidst Shortage
While some states are literally flooding due to heavy rains and run-off, others are struggling to get the moisture they need. States like Arizona and California have faced water emergencies for the last few years; water conserving efforts from citizens help keep them out of trouble.
If your area is experiencing a water shortage, there are a few things you can do to go the extra mile.
Repair and Maintain Appliances
Leaks around the house – think showerheads, toilets, dishwashers, and more – lead to wasted water. Beyond that, the constant flow of water will cause water damage to your floors and walls. Have repairs done as soon as you spot any problems.
Sometimes, a leak won’t be evident until it gets bad. For that reason, make appointments to have your appliances inspected and maintained at least once per year. This will extend the life of each machine as well as nip water loss in the bud.
When your appliances are beyond repair, look into Energy Star rated replacements. They’re designed to use the least amount of water and energy possible, without compromising on effectiveness.
Only Run Dishwasher and Washer When Full
It might be easier to do a load of laundry a day rather than doing it once per week, but you’ll waste a lot more water this way. Save up your piles of clothes until you have enough to fully load the washing machine. You could also invest in a washing machine that senses the volume of water needed according to the volume of clothes.
The same thing goes with the dishwasher. Don’t push start until you’ve filled it to capacity. If you have to wash dishes, don’t run the water while you’re washing. Fill the sink or a small bowl a quarter of the way full and use this to wash your dishes.
Recycle Water in Your Yard
Growing a garden in your backyard is a great way to cut down on energy and water waste from food growers and manufacturers, but it will require a lot more water on your part. Gardens must be watered, and this often leads to waste.
You can reduce this waste by participating in water recycling. Using things like a rain barrel, pebble filtering system, and other tools, you can save thousands of gallons a year and still keep your landscaping and garden beautiful and healthy.
Landscape with Drought-Resistant Plants
Recycling water in your yard is a great way to reduce your usage, but you can do even more by reducing the amount of water required to keep your yard looking great. The best drought-resistant plants are those that are native to the area. In California, for example, succulents grow very well, and varieties of cactus do well in states like Arizona or Texas.
Install Water-Saving Features
The average American household uses between 80 and 100 gallons of water every single day. You obviously can’t cut out things like showering or using the toilet, but you can install a few water-saving tools to make your water use more efficient.
There are low-flow showerheads, toilets, and faucet aerators. You could also use automatic shut-off nozzles, shower timers, and grey water diverters. Any of these water saving devices can easily cut your water usage in half.
Research Laws and Ordinances for Your City
Dry states like California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada must create certain laws to keep the water from running out. These laws are put into practice for the benefit of everyone, but they only work if you abide by the laws.
If you live in a state where drought is common, research your state and city’s laws. They might designate one day per week that you’re allowed to water your lawn or how full you can fill a pool. Many people are not well versed in the laws set by their states, and it would mean a lot to your community if you did your part.
Cyprus is the Forerunner for Ecotourism
When I was looking for a second citizenship, I happened to see One Visa’s offer on Cyprus Citizenship by investment program. I had heard about Cyprus being a beautiful country, but I did not know much else, so I decided to start my own research about this gem of a place.
After I did some research, I discovered that Cyprus is a popular destination for tourists. Unfortunately, heavy tourism and the associated development affected villages here and there, with some communities being slowly abandoned. To avoid this from happening any further, Cyprus went into ecotourism, and today, it is the forerunner in this arena. Let’s look in further detail at ecotourism in Cyprus here.
How was it started?
It all started in 2006 with the launch of the “Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative.” This program has the sole scope of promoting ecotourism developments in the tourism industry. It concentrates on those areas which require conservation and environmental safety. At the same time, it helps develop social, as well as economic statuses in the rural parts of Cyprus. Through this program, the government was able to acknowledge that ecotourism will play an essential role in the future of Cyprus, with the concept gaining momentum among tourists from all over the globe.
How to go about it?
So, now you are interested in going for an ecotourism vacation in Cyprus. How will you go about it? I would immediately say that everyone should visit the quaint Cypriot villages spread throughout the island. These communities have a smaller population, and not many tourists visit. They make for a great relaxing spot. Enjoy seeing the bustle of village life go by where simple pleasures abound. Most hamlets are linked by specific minibus tours which ferry tourists to these havens. These trips will have a regular schedule, aimed at promoting ecotourism further. Such tours will be regulated to ensure that while the villages can benefit and develop, they do not get overpopulated or overcrowded with tourists. Therefore, you can be sure to enjoy the beautiful sceneries that nature has to offer here.
If you are wondering if there are any activities to do here, my answer would be: “Yes, plenty.” You can go for some guided walks across various regions here. Here you will be able to explore the diversified natural beauty and wildlife of the area. Several agritourism activities and services are planned to open shortly. Once launched, you will be able to engage in picking olives, milking goats, and several other such events here.
What can be learned?
Although we are aware that natural resources need to be preserved, we do not always remember it in real life. When we go on tours such as these, we can realize the significance of protecting nature. Also, when more and more people visit these places, the concept of ecotourism will become popular among more people. Awareness about ecotourism is set to grow and spread throughout the world. Subsequently, sustainable tourism will gain popularity around the globe with Cyprus being the forerunner for ecotourism .