Responding to environmental risk is a responsibility we should all take seriously.
Have you ever stopped to think about what makes a topic interesting? If you are still reading this then we will take that as a ‘yes’. What makes one person progress no further than the headline, and another to scrutinise every letter as though their very existence were at stake.
The interesting thing (yes, pun intended) is that what makes someone, anyone, want to read a whole article often relies on the writer not the topic. Over the years we, through our prose, have pre-ambled and penned through a myriad of environmental questions with focus on spill response, containment, training, risk assessment and even why it is prudent to actually spend money on the environment.
But nowhere in our ramblings have we mentioned the much bandied word ‘sustainability’.
Still reading? Phew – we thought we may lose you there.
So today we want to talk about sustainability and what it truly means, personally. To you, as an individual.
Try this (after you read to the bottom, if you please). Type the word ‘sustainability’ into google. You will get around 440MILLION hits. Wow – that’s a lot of reading.
Defining the word using a dictionary will state that sustainability is the ability to continue a defined behaviour indefinitely. We can see why companies want to be known as sustainable. But we don’t personally know of many immortals – so as a personal goal it may be just a little lofty, yes?
But put the word ‘environmental’ in front of it and it becomes far more interesting. Being environmentally sustainable is a more corporate type philosophy and involves the business policies, strategies and operations enabling long term ecological balance. A far more global concept.
We want to drill down a little on the verbal burping that arguably makes up a large portion of online reading about sustainability – the environmental kind. We’d like you to reflect momentarily on the environment around your home and workplace. Does your business brag about their sustainability? Are the policy decisions and processes truly driven toward that exulted goal of planetary longevity?
Are there processes and procedures in place to protect the waterways and drains? If there are, are they monitored in-house or externally? And by whom?
And what about at home? Do you wash the car on the grass or the driveway? Do you have a small spill kit in the garage to take up those vehicular mishaps and keep the concrete pristine? Do you run an environmentally sustainable household?
Environmental sustainability is a versatile term because it can be used across a wide range of applications – domestic, industrial or commercial. It can be a personal value or thrown up as a corporate icon. It can be ignored by millions as someone else’s problem but still be the primary discussion point at the dinner table.
To some the term may mean taking your own shopping bags to the supermarket. A small personal choice and in our humble view as important as any corporate policy. To others it may have an intrinsically deeper resonance that speaks to the very core of what we, as a race, should be working toward.
We have one planet and one chance.
So now for the reflection part. Take that moment, contemplate environmental sustainability and how you, as an individual, actually make a difference through your personal contribution.
Responding to environmental risk is a responsibility that we should all take seriously. Take a good look at your workplace. Ask questions if the layers of policy make the concept of environmental sustainability too ambiguous.
Talk to an expert or arrange one to visit your workplace for an assessment.
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