I was inspired by reading this conversation between quiet achiever Jane Goodall of The Jane Goodall Institute and His Royal Highness The Duke Of Sussex recently on the environment, humanity and the climate crisis in the soon to be released issue of British Vogue. https://www.vogue.co.uk/article/prince-harry-jane-goodall-september-2019-issue
Jane makes some important observations about the need for all of us to take our personal responsibility to change the world:
[There’s] more support, more awareness. But at the same time, a lot of apathy. The big message I take around is: every single person makes some impact on the planet every day. And you get to choose what you buy, where it comes from.
As a biophiliac with a deep love for humanity and nature, as well as company culture healer, I argue that organisations are possibly the world’s most underutilised resource for solving many human, economic and environmental challenges. In my experience most companies have failed to tap into and unleash the human power at their fingertips. While we are at a tipping point from a global climate perspective many people I talk to feel helpless and hopeless about their role in the future of our people and planet. I feel very strongly that improvements needn't be massive and radical, rather that continual 10 degree shifts at the personal level can make large improvements at the global level. We just need everyone to do something, to consistently make small shifts and changes.
And as Jane points out climate, environment and economics all go hand in hand.
The thing you have to do first to make this work is to alleviate poverty. Because if you’re really poor, you’re going to cut down the last tree because you’ve got to live.
The fact is when nature loses, that’s the end of all of us. We depend on nature, on clean air, clean water, all of our survival essentials. As Jane laments,
...how is it possible that the most intellectual creature that’s ever walked on the planet, that sent a rocket to Mars from which a little robot crept to take photos, is destroying our only home? It seems to be a disconnect between the clever brain and the heart, love and compassion.
We need to begin by making holistic, courageous, humane decisions by asking questions such as “How will this affect future generations?” "What legacy will I leave by choosing this option?"
We must rediscover our spiritual connection with nature, our ability to connect and integrate and align with the seasons, with mother earth, with our deepest soul self and with each other. And if you are a parent, a teacher, an aunt or uncle, an employer or leader then you can begin by seizing the opportunity to empower your staff, friends and young people to understand that they can make a difference.
We can live in greater harmony and we can leave lighter ecological footprints, all it takes is a little intellect and a lot of heart and soul.