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Scientists are unable to determine how many species of animals, birds and plants have become extinct since man inhabited the earth. However, they have estimated some 250,000 species may have become extinct. Conversely, they have no idea how many species have yet to be discovered and even some of those may have become extinct without being discovered.
In Britain alone, over the last 200 years, we have lost 5% of the country’s 60,000 species. On average we are losing one British animal, bird or plant every 2 weeks. Every day as the rainforests are being decimated some 100 species are thought to be lost.
Sustainable Development should be our mantra and is defined as balancing the fulfilment of human needs with the protection of the natural environment, so these needs can be realised not only in the present, but in the future. This term was used by the Brundtland Commission in 1987 to define the type of development that "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."The Brundtland Report alerted the World to the urgency of making progress toward economic development that could be sustained without depleting natural resources or harming the environment.
The key principles of sustainability can be conceptually divided into three dimensions: social, economic and environmental while a fourth dimension meets specific institutional policy and capacity issues.
We believe very strongly business has a major role to play in the preservation of our environment as increasing interest in this subject is debated at Government levels and in all forms of media. As a society we are all becoming more aware of looking after our environment and it follows that employees and stakeholders like to be associated with a company that cares about the future of our planet. Whether this manifests itself with actions the business takes to minimise the impact of its effect on the environment or encourages initiatives to support activities linked to conservation of our species and resources.
Accordingly Lodestar Special Projects are supporting companies on environmental issues and helping develop risk strategies for their clients. Our belief that sound environmental principles can enhance the image of the company and contribute to the fortunes of the business is key and is gaining acceptance at the top level of management.
The principles of managing our environment responsibly is a huge subject and cannot be dealt with adequately within this website but we do hope to be able to bring you some thought provoking ideas over the next few months that will whet your appetite for more information.
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT AWARENESS is our initiative to help our clients and their employees and stakeholders contribute to safeguarding the precious balance of life on our planet. We believe this awareness will lead to Corporate Social Responsibility and the use of sustainable resources.
This page is designed to highlight the global issues facing us all and will develop into a continual highlighting of the plight of our endangered species and resources, as well as the effect of human activity on our environment. For example, it is horrifying to know we are losing over 100 species a day from the rainforests as a result of logging activities as well as losing the benefit to the world of the rainforest for the production of oxygen.
It is estimated there are over 9 million species of plants and animals on our planet and only about 10% have been classified. We do not know the full extent of species under threat of extinction.
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