By Sakshi Upadhyay

Every day we see the effects of global warming. While some dismiss it for a variety of reasons, others rise to the occasion and take actions for the greater good – a healthier planet, a better future. Today, I am thankful for everyone who has stepped up and taken a stand.

I am thankful for our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who is extremely invested in combating climate change. From his consequential role in the Paris climate summit to policies incentivising purchase of electric cars, and banning coal fired electricity generation, Justin Trudeau has provided outstanding leadership and made a huge difference by focusing on innovative strategies for our future.

I am thankful for companies like Tesla, Nest, IDE technologies, and other tech companies for making advanced technology their mission to help reduce carbon footprints, making efficient use of available resources, and encouraging clean energy adoption.

I am thankful for corporate giants like Unilever, Molson Coors, Maple Leaf Foods, and others for internalizing sustainable living in every aspect of their company. For example, Unilever’s sustainable living plan is its blueprint to growing their business while reducing waste, water and energy use, sourcing raw materials in a smarter way, helping local farmers, and striving for other earth-friendly outcomes. Maple Leaf Foods has numerous initiatives in places that recognize their role balancing the need to feed the world with environmental sustainability including limiting greenhouse gas emissions, avoiding loss of biodiversity, and eliminating waste. Molson Coors prepares an annual report outlining their Environmental, Social, and Governance initiatives that details their efforts related to water stewardship, sustainable packaging, energy and carbon footprints, and waste management.

Most of all, I am thankful for the increased awareness of and response to climate change and its impact. I have no doubt that every small conscious decision today – be it carpooling to work, using energy efficient technologies, or recycling waste – will have a bigger impact tomorrow.