Collectively reducing our carbon footprint
World Habitat Day was created by the United Nations to reflect on the state of our habitats, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. This year’s theme is “accelerating urban action for a carbon-free world”. Cities are accountable for approximately 70 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions through areas such as transport, buildings, energy and waste management.
World Habitat Day began in 1985 and is held on the first Monday of October every year. It explores how national, regional and local governments, communities, and all other relevant stakeholders can collectively work together for the future of the human habitat.
The United Nations have identified 17 goals to transform our world for the better, called the Sustainable Development Goals. Essentially, these goals provide a ‘to-do’ list for all governments, companies and other organisations in addressing a range of global challenges. The Race to Zero campaign is set to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest.
Socially Responsible Investing
A step towards helping you reduce your carbon footprint could include contemplating Socially Responsible Investing (SRI). SRI is an investment strategy that seeks to consider both financial return and sustainable social/environmental good to bring about positive social change, without causing harm to current or future generations.
SRI has always been at the heart of our investment philosophy at Ellis Bates, since we launched our first SRI portfolio in 2008. We screen and choose all our funds, not just SRI portfolios, against a range of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors so you can see the impact your investments are having.
If you would like to know more about Socially Responsible Investing then please do get in touch to see how we can help you to reduce your own carbon footprint.