World Environment Day is a day set aside by the United Nations for encouraging global awareness and action to protect our environment. The theme for this year’s commemoration is “Ecosystem Restoration.” A theme the UN seeks to use to realign the focus of businesses, governments, investors, and communities all around the world on the urgent need to restore the Earth’s ecosystems.
The loss of the earth’s ecosystem is depriving the world of carbon sinks such as forests and natural reserves. Furthermore, the destruction of these natural reserves which serve as habitats for animals creates ideal conditions for pathogens such as the coronavirus to easily spread.
There is therefore no better time than now for businesses, governments, and communities to step up in their efforts to tackle climate change and drive the “Ecosystem Restoration” agenda.
One of such notable businesses is Bolt. The ride-hailing business has once again proven itself as a responsible company through the rollout of its Green Plan initiative.
For a company whose operations play a role in the pollution game, the Green Plan not only shows its commitment to become a greener company and the driving force behind a number of carbon offsetting projects across the globe, but also proves that the company is well on its way to balance the Carbon (CO2) emissions of Bolt rides in all its markets including Ghana.
The main objectives of Bolt’s Green Plan are:
- To neutralise Bolt’s contribution to carbon emissions
- To reduce emissions by bringing environmentally friendly transportation options for customers to move in cities
- To use renewable energy in all Bolt offices around the world by 2025
For Ghana, where Bolt is arguably one of the largest ride-hailing market share holders, what this means is that by the year 2025, Ghana would have one less ecological footprint in its ecosystem.
Additionally, should environmentally friendly options such as scooters and electric vehicles become a possibility in Ghana, it will present an opportunity for a future with less traffic, fewer parking spaces and lighter pollution with more time and urban space for people to do what really matters in less time and in a safer environment.
Bolt is a growing part of the transportation ecosystem in Ghana and such initiatives prove to the Ghanaian customer that they hold themselves responsible for being a part of the solution to climate change.
The company is well-positioned to act as a catalyst for change and this World Environment as the world and its stakeholders observe the day set to encourage action and global awareness to protect the earth, may Bolt’s Green Pan be the example that many other companies can follow to share in this big responsibility of “Ecosystem Restoration.”