Climate Change and Corporate Environmental Policies Essay

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Climate change is also described as global warming, the unnatural or manmade cause of the planet’s increase in temperature. Climate change is physically caused by the release of greenhouse gases which get trapped in the atmosphere, in turn trapping heat from the sun on the planet (Meyer & Roser, 2006). Other pollutants can cause problems for the environment as well, such as toxins released into the water from chemical plants, or nuclear meltdowns that result in oceans being poisoned. These are also lumped in with climate change, since they also alter the environment. One of the biggest producers This paper will describe how climate change is occurring, how corporations are involved, and what some companies are doing to address it.



A Poore, Williams and Tracey (2000) note, sea levels are rising as a result of climate change. This occurs because the heat trapped on the planet by greenhouse gases leads to the melting of the polar ice caps. When the ice melts, it increases the volume of water already in the ocean. When this volume increases, the oceans rise. The rising of oceans may seem harmless on the surface, but even just a small rise can cause coastal villages and cities to become submerged; it can cause the order of life in the sea to alter radically, as organisms depend on a stable, complex food chain within their habitat; and it can unleash a vicious circle of alterations in overall order of life on the planet.



The types of companies that contribute to the phenomenon of climate change range in nature and can include everything from agricultural companies and dairy companies to detergent companies. In fact, farm animals are some of the worst pollutants on the planet. As Lean (2006) reports, cow “emissions” are actually the greatest producer of carbon-dioxide—even more so than cars. Farms that raise cattle are therefore more responsible for the release of greenhouse gases than a car manufacturing plant—though both are culpable in the elevation of the planet’s temperatures.

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Detergent companies like Clorox also have to answer, as their products contain chemicals that can be harmful for the planet if flushed into water streams or into ground water.

Corporate environmental policies can be developed as part of a program of corporate social responsibility (CSR). CSR strategies are what corporations are adopting in order to address issues like global warming and climate change. They do so because they know that these issues are both important to their communities and to their own wellbeing. If companies do not take care of their planet, there will soon be no planet for them to do business in.



CSR policies that have been adopted by corporations include programs of “going green.” Green programs also range in nature, and depending on the type of corporation adopting the green policy its effects will be different. For instance, some automobile manufacturers are going green by introducing cars that use electric batteries instead of gas to make the cars go. The burning of fossil fuels (gas) is a contributor to the elevation of greenhouse gases, so car companies look to green energy as a way to promote a positive CSR program that the conscientious public will embrace. TESLA is one of the leaders of the green revolution in the corporate world, as its focus is on renewable energy and green energy, such as solar energy and battery production (Koppelaar & Middlekoop, 2017). The problem with this is that for batteries, the electricity that is stored in them has to come from somewhere and it is still typically produced by plants that burn fossil….....

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Koppelaar, R., & Middelkoop, W. (2017). The TESLA revolution: why big oil is losing the energy war. Amsterdam University Press.

Lean, G. (2006). Cow ‘emissions’ more damaging to planet than CO2 from cars. Independent. Retrieved from http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/cow-emissions-more-damaging-to-planet-than-co2-from-cars-427843.html

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