As 2018 draws to a close and the sun returns in the northern hemisphere we can conclude that it’s been another dramatic year for the world, especially with regards to our environment and the climate.
From heatwaves in Europe to wildfires in California, flooding in Asia, and hurricanes in the eastern US, 2018 has continued the trend of increasing temperatures, increasing sea levels, and an increasing population, and the environmental crises are almost too numerous to count.
The ominous climate report from the IPCC summarizes our shared predicament, and undisputably illustrates that all of humanity, indeed all of the species on our planet, are in one and the same boat.
However, we are nowhere near on track to avoid dramatic warming of the climate, according to the recent IPPC report.
In Norway these changes are also noticeable, and although we are more fortunate than many other areas of the world with the majority of our electricity being generated by hydropower, both our personal convictions and our company values compel us to do more.
Among the strongest indicators that our planet’s ecosystems are collapsing is the increasing rate of species extinction, and in particular those at the top of the ecosystems.
In Norway, aside from the polar bear and the arctic fox, especially the seabirds along the Norwegian west coast are endangered. Among these the lomvi (thin-billed murre; Uria aalge aalge) in Norway has seen its population decrease 90% in the past 50 years due to climate change, food shortages, fisheries, and fishing gear and is now critically endangered here.
In order to improve the condition of these birds it’s crucial that information about their condition is gathered through observations and reported through the media so that the authorities can make informed decisions.
Therefore, instead of a special holiday offer to improve our result for the year, we want to give back to the environment. We have decided to donate NOK 10,000 to Lista Bird Observatory, an organization on the southwestern coast of Norway whose purpose is “to document development of bird populations by monitoring bird migration over time”.
We encourage other small businesses around the world to do the same for their preferred non-profit environmental organization. We may be small, but if we all contribute according to our ability we can make a difference.
From all of us at Runbox, we wish everyone the very best for 2019.