GLOBAL WARMING VIS-À-VIS ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
“It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.” – Mark Twain
Urgent and alarming, ``An Inconvenient Truth" records the extremely depressing global warming slide presentation Gore has been delivering all over the globe. Al Gore presented in his documentary a scientific opinion on climate crisis, discussed the politics and economics of global warming, and described the consequences. He believes that global climate change will produce if the amount of human-generated greenhouse gases is not significantly reduced in the very near future. The documentary ends with Gore arguing that if appropriate actions are taken soon, the effects of global warming can be successfully reversed by releasing less greenhouse gases – inevitably, an initiative that entails commitment from everyone.
The message of this documentary is clear and repeats what science has been telling us for decades . Though at times, it may seem that our climate crisis is happening slowly, in actuality, it is happening very rapidly – and has become a true planetary emergency.
More and more companies now are starting to institutionalize a management system that will translate their commitment in lessening or reducing the effects of global warming. This is known as the Environmental Management System (EMS).
EMS is a set of processes and practices that enable an organization to reduce its environmental impacts and at the same time, increase its operating efficiency. It provides a structured approach to planning and implementing environmental protection measures and incorporates environmental management into an organization's daily operations.
EMS is guided by ISO 14001; a framework that provides assistance to organizations implementing EMS . It is consistent with the concept of sustainable development and is compatible with diverse cultural, social, and organizational standards. The framework provides both a model for streamlining environmental management, and guidelines to ensure environmental issues are considered within decision-making practices.
EMS ensures that environmental impacts are recognized, assessed for criticality, controlled, and monitored for adequacy and effectiveness. More importantly, EMS tells us that lessening or reducing the effects of global warming is possible and can definitely be achieved.
“Inconvenient truths do not go away just because they are not seen. When they are not responded to, their significance doesn't diminish; it grows”.- Al Gore, “An Inconvenient Truth”