After two years, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) International’s Living Planet Report launches again on 27 October 2016. Alarmingly, humanity is currently using the resources of 1.6 planets to sustain all of us each year. Drawing on leading research, the latest report outlines the fundamental changes required in the global energy and finance systems to meet the sustainability needs of future generations because as it stands, we only have one planet to live on.
The loss and degradation of ecosystems have resulted in decreased animal populations and pressure on our planet’s water, air and food systems but we can all still do something about it.
We continually aim to improve or minimise our environmental impacts and consider the effect that any of our operations could have on the local community. Initiatives such as the waste minimisation drive have nearly halved the amount of waste—cutting loss through toilets and urinals, water sensor taps in all our bathrooms, drip irrigation and variable irrigation times.
You may have seen our labelled recycling bins located throughout the V & A or transport systems like the bicycle lanes and MyCiTi bus that make visiting us “car-free’ easier.
With sustainability at its core, No.2 Silo has been awarded a four star Green Star following No.1 Silo office building being awarded a 6-star Green Star SA rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa. Regardless of the structure’s use, operations are strictly environmentally sustainable, improve efficiencies and save costs.
‘This is not just about the wonderful species we all love; biodiversity forms the foundation of healthy forests, rivers and oceans. Take away species, and these ecosystems will collapse along with the clean air, water, food and climate services that they provide us,’ explains Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International.
What will you commit to doing to help create a more sustainable future?
Join WWF South Africa @WWFSouthAfrica for a Twitter chat at 12pm on Thursday, 27 October 2016 to unpack critical issues and discuss lasting solutions that we can all contribute to.