The End of the World As We Know It

How many times do you watch the news or read the newspaper and wonder if REM was right back in 1987?

We have the various natural disasters like floods, earthquakes, typhoons, hurricanes and tsunamis around the globe.  Check.

And we have the man-made versions as well.

The spring and summer of 2010 has been spent by millions watching a webcam over a mile below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico with growing outrage.  Maybe the latest cap just placed on the well is working – or maybe it’s making things worse and the reservoir could simply collapse and leak even more oil uncontrolled into the Gulf.  The “top kill” solution was attempted but didn’t work.  The “static kill” solution could begin soon – or maybe not because there seems to be a hurricane on the way.  The relief wells could be the answer – or maybe not because it’s hard to intercept a pipe so small with precision over a mile deep in the water.  Alarmingly, no one knows with any certainty how this story will end, and the multiple failures of safety and emergency systems can’t make anyone feel comfortable about all the other platforms out there.

And now China now has its own, albeit smaller, oil disaster to clean up – complete with economic, human and wildlife casualties and an environmental impact forecast to last for a decade.

Our global climate is warming at an alarming rate because of our disregard as a species for the impact of our actions.  Or maybe it isn’t.  Wait, maybe it is.  The debate continues…

And did you hear that we are running out of fresh water?

Most of the situations above are far beyond the control of most business owners and employees.  There is very little that most can do, for example, about the BP oil disaster except hope that the situation is resolved soon and urge the powers that be to hold those responsible accountable for their actions and inactions.

All-in-all, it can be quite discouraging.  In the end, we can only hope to contribute some positive news in areas that we actually CAN influence.  Individually and as a collective whole, we should do what we can within the scopes of our businesses to improve the energy and environmental impacts within our control.

Back in April, I posted the steps EXAIR has taken to reduce our impact on the environment.  Yesterday, we updated that information and added it to our website.  Since this kind of commitment brings along with it a never-ending quest for improvement, we’ll update our sustainability plan with new information as it becomes available.

Do your part to the degree that you are able within your sphere of influence, and we’ll help you spread the word.

If your business has undertaken these sorts of measures, no matter how big or how small, let us know via e-mail (, Twitter (@exair) or comment on this blog.

We’ll help you let the world know that most businesses ARE trying to be responsible corporate citizens.

Bryan Peters

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