Updated: Apr 28, 2019
Sustainability and social impact have been my passion for years, but for some, this (or last) year is the first time you're hearing about it. And that's quite alright! Everyone is on their own journey and learning about things in their own time. (ie last year i learned about furries!). So what's the first step toward understanding Sustainability? Exposure to the idea. Sustainability and social impact drivers are all around us, we just didn't realize they were right under our noses.
Watching my Omi (grandmother) go shopping and pack our groceries in sturdy cloth bags she brought from home, rather than the thin wasteful plastic bags you get from the store, I started to learn it's entirely possible to have a minimal impact on the environment.
Omi lived in Hildesheim and at the top of a nearby hill there was a forest that had intrigue, mystery, and countless paths to explore. When you entered the majestic vastness of the cool green darkness you had endless paths where you didn't know what you were going to find. Riding my bike that the neighbor lent me was the obvious (and only) choice for purposefully getting lost for a few hours.
At the edge of the forest was a restaurant, and an outdoor animal park where the twisting and turning gravel paths gave me kilometers of access to nature and animals. I soaked up endless joy riding through the forest and being amongst the smell of rich soil, dewdrops clutching to the tips of leaves, and the clean crisp crackling sound of my tires against the moist gravel. #gogreen
I soaked up endless joy riding through the forest and being amongst the smell of rich soil, dewdrops clutching to the tips of leaves, and the clean crisp crackling sound of my tires against the moist gravel.
I started to understand that my relationship with the #environment played a greater role than I originally realized. Plants and animals did have a relative foundation of self maintaining, but we as humans were the visitors in their environment and in order for them to remain unaffected by our presence, we needed to commit to a minimal impact to their world. #bealeader
So how do we define socialresponsibility? If an action or decision causes harm to society or the environment, then it would be socially irresponsible. Said another way, be good to people and the environment and do the right thing. You can appreciate and respect people and the environment when you open up yourself and allow their presence to positively affect you.
If you act in the best interest of the environment and society, there is a world of opportunity that opens up and you start to feel better about the impact you wield. You're no longer just a family member, a friend, a coworker, an athlete, gamer, geek, techie, or trekkie. You have a higher purpose that connects you to others in a different unique way. You have an understanding of the respect you choose to give the people and the environment around you.
That makes you special. Very special.