Project Managers- How Can You Help to Keep Our Forests Green?

Several Slogans including “Clean and Green”, “The Earth is yours. Save it” “Save the Earth or Die” and “There is no cannabis scrog B” and more have been used around the globe to create awareness to save our planet. As a Project Manager, how can you help to save our planet? Let’s discuss now.

Most of us have studied the benefits of trees in our school days. We breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide and trees do the opposite. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen back to the atmosphere. Research says a single mature tree can absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 lbs. /year and release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support 2 human beings. Likewise researchers says over a 50-year lifetime, a tree generates $31,250 worth of oxygen, provides $62,000 worth of air pollution control, recycles $37,500 worth of water, and controls $31,250 worth of soil erosion. Now you can imagine how trees are helping human beings and the environment we live. It’s like trees act as Lungs to our planet.

Even though we know cigarette smoking damages our Lungs, lots of people continue to do that. Similarly even though trees help the planet and give several benefits to us and to the environment where we live, people continue cutting down trees for various reasons. So how can we help in this situation? Project Managers can save trees by reducing paper consumption in their day to day life in office. I’m sure most of all know the paper production process. Trees being cut down; chipped into small pieces; add water; add heat and chemicals to separate the fibers. These fibers are then converted into paper. 

If you and your team reduce paper consumption, you are indirectly helping to save the trees. You can reduce the paper consumption in several ways. You can encourage employees to review documents in electronic form. For example, if you are working in Software industry, you can ask your team to use collaborations software for code reviews.  Wherever possible you and your team can use double-sided printing options when printing document. By default, page margins in Microsoft Word are 1 inch at the top; 1 inch at the bottom; 1.25 inches on sides. You and your team can reduce ½ inches on all side when you print anything.

In summary, if you and your team reduce paper consumption in day to day life in both home and office, you are helping to stop destroying the habitat of many other creatures; indirectly helping to save trees; indirectly helping the forests and indirectly helping the planet. Some people say that it takes 17 trees to make a ton of paper. If you and your team save one ton paper, 17 more trees would remain standing. Hence reduce paper consumption. Together let us make our planet a happy place to live.

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