Posted in CSR, CSR & Business, Culture, Leadership, Learn, Megaforces, Suppliers, tagged Business Sustainability, deforestation, environmental regulations, future sustainability, future trends sustainability, industrial societies, paul hawken, planetary sustainability, sustainability culture on December 22, 2014|
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For centuries, humanity has focused on what Paul Hawken called the Take-Make-Waste model. Take what Nature has created in our Biosphere. Make what you want without regard to being a good Steward and replant to grow future resources. And last, but worst, create Waste that is not recycled nor repurposed.
This practice has last for millennia. It has crossed almost all cultures. It has been practiced in agrarian, as well as, industrial societies. It has occurred in Communist countries with little or no environmental regulations, to Capitalistic societies who often push back on environmental regulations.
But what has the been the cost? That varies from region to region. The sort answer is the loss of the Biosphere that may not be replicated or recovered from poor practices. In a changing world economy, all resources are precious. Can we still embrace the Take-Make-Waste model? Read what is an example in China: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/12/141218081008.htm
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Posted in Culture, tagged corporate culture, Earth, Economic development, Energy conservation, Environment, Environmental policy, gray water, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, natural landscape, Planetary management, planetary sustainability, Rechargeable battery, Recycling, restore resources, Reuse, Sustainability, sustainability solutions, sustainability transformation, Sustainable Development, U.S. Green Building Council, United States, Waste, water conservation on March 16, 2012|
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Sustainability is based on the pulse of Environmental, Social and Economic areas or put in another context: Sustainability is focused on Planet, People and Profit. Each of us needs to change behavior, learn, and become more aware of how we impact the environment. Most people become involved by three progressive steps:
- Natural curiosity is a catalyst, curiosity propels us to seek knowledge.
- Being informed, individuals are then willing to experiment.
- Engagement within the community and align individual values with other people and organizations that have a like mindset.
How do we become sustainable? Leaders of the 21st century will be responsible of planetary stewardship for our Earth. This means laying the foundation, which the entire Earth community is secure, managed, and prosperous. Stewardship is based on these five key principles:
So, where can that behavior be focused? On a personal level, each of us can be responsible for Stewardship in our own lives. Here are examples:
- conserve energy, food, and water,
- reduce waste; decrease usage of plastic and paper by increasing usage of existing containers (i.e. mugs and glasses); use rechargeable batteries; drinking water and promote gray water
- recycle daily waste, recycle old clothing, furniture, books,
We must have the will to Lead Smart, with a vision, and create endless opportunities through Sustainability. It’s never too late! Engage in your community. We can meet our needs today, and also create a future for generations can have their needs met, too. BUT we need to act now!”
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