How being sustainable can boost our levels of finances
Hie there! Welcome to the month of May. It’s my hope that you had an enjoyable holiday as we recently celebrated Workers’ Day on the 1st. Africa Day is also around the corner and I hope you’re also looking forward to celebrating our culture and being African.
Something to think about though, if we don’t take caution on how we operate or go about in our daily routines we’ll be destroying the beauty of our shared continent- including its resources. Let’s take for instance yet again, Lake Kariba which is the world’s largest man-made lake and reservoir, lying between Zimbabwe and Zambia. If we don’t address water pollution; it may one day be full of toxins considering water bodies flow into each other and have different catchment areas; then the biodiversity and aquatic life, there will be affected.
If the fish there cannot survive the levels of pollution they will die or move; the fishermen who depend on fishing for their income will make less catches and less money; or other companies that buy kapenta will get fewer supplies…less sales…less revenues…less profits…well it’s a cycle of consequences that we tend to at times overlook.
Also, because of climate change and drought the water levels will continue to drop and where will our pride as Zimbabwe in one of our tourist attractions go? Where will our pride as AFRICANS go…if we do not take care of our income and livelihood supporting resources?
Main issue at hand for the day…
Today we shall be looking into how sustainability can help us be in a better fiscal position- which in simple terms means finance or money in general.
Some of the benefits I shall highlight are allegedly being enjoyed by communities in California; and it is merely through incorporating sustainable strategies that the fiscal health of their local agency and economic prosperity of local residents and businesses. It’s important to note that these may not be enjoyed immediately, it take time but I believe it’s worth the effort over that long time period.
I also believe if we can emulate some Western practices such as dressing; copy soccer moves from the European soccer league games we watch; or learn how to bake from YouTube videos from people all over the globe; then we should be in a position to adopt sustainable practices from other countries too.
Being sustainable can help cut our bills/expenses
There are several ways to go green that can help you cut down your expenses, both at home and on a commercial level. Using less water or adopting better water management techniques by for instance brushing your teeth with water in a glass rather than leaving the tap running, taking short showers and flushing toilets less frequently can help cut down your water bills.
On the other hand, switching off lights during the day, using energy saving light bulbs, not overcharging laptops or phones; switching off appliances, equipment or things like televisions, computers or even unplugging washing machines or microwaves when not in use are some ways you can also cut down your electrical bill. Another way to lower your energy bill in the long run would be to actually invest in biogas for cooking and heating purposes or switching to solar. You can also switch to eco-friendly home appliances that do not use so much electrical energy.
In commercial set-ups or in work-places; adopting and encouraging your workmates or employees to be sustainable can help all of you make more profit if expenses are cut down. This will help you probably get a pay-raise in the long run and enable you to invest in other projects or boost your spending power.
Sustainability can help boost tax and fee revenues through increased economic activity and property value.
In the long run, if businesses can make more profits and more people can engage in economic activities as their income levels increase and they can also start their own businesses- if they want; this can help boost tax and fees revenue. This also means more funds will be made available for providing public services as required.
Being sustainable can also enable us to cut down future costs.
To me this is highly sensitive, for one reason or the other. Some mining practices being carried out are resulting in the heavy pollution of some of our water bodies right here in our midst. Maybe we ignore that these water bodies support livelihoods or provide water for domestic purposes; as I was informed that some people actually have to walk long distances to get access to clean water because the water readily at their disposal is not safe for using.
One thing we need to bear in mind is that some of the resources we have are “scarce”. There is a small percentage of freshwater that’s available to us as humanity, but if we cannot manage what we have and pollute all water bodies…it will be a bonus for water bottling countries because the demand for their water will go up, but it might surely put some off-budget. If more water bodies are left to be highly intoxicated it might require large amounts of money to purify such, so why not avoid that in the first place?
Food for thought.
Next topic of analysis
We’ll end here for today. Next time we’ll be looking into how sustainability can also lead to economic development.
In the part of Zimbabwe I stay it appears winter has started creeping in so we might need to start looking for our winter clothing and two-in-one blankets. That’s it from me for now. Have a good two weeks!