The P&G Soapbox: Stop being lazy about climate change
Apr 18, 2019
That’s why when the P&G team dusted off my soapbox, patted it and actually invited me to hop on up and open my big mouth about growth, well – here we go… I love this simple, powerful observation by Ms. Carson. (You can and should read more about her work here.)
“In nature, nothing exists alone.” — Rachel Carson, 1962
In these unprecedented times of the really-freaking-real impacts of human-driven climate change, I think it’s less of a lovely, reflective Instagram quote and more of a call to action. As in: Get your shit together, people.
Climate change is real. If you think otherwise, you are wrong.
We did this. If you think otherwise, you are ignorant.
We must act now to mitigate even a fraction of the problems we’ve caused. If you think otherwise, you are lazy.
(I think we should be done being gentle with folks who fly in the face of those three highly researched tenets. We don’t have time for pseudoskeptics.)
What does that work look like at P&G? As the resident sustainability nut, I help our team live by the following rules:
Use less electricity. Shut lights off when you don’t need them, not just when you leave a room. Put a sweater on if you’re chilly. Turn off appliances, or better yet, unplug them.
Recycle. Yes, that means rinsing things out, or taking the sleeve off your to-go coffee cup. It makes a difference. If you live or work in Lansing, make sure you have and are using the amazing single-stream recycling service.
In this month of growth, as we celebrate our life-giving planet, what responsibility are you going to take for our climate? On our end, I’m committing P&G to responsibly reducing our Keurig-dependence and implementing that countertop compost bin. (And because I said it on the internet, accountability pics to follow.)
Change starts with each of us taking a few small steps. Sit with the uncomfortableness of figuring out where you can do better by our planet. Then get up and do something about it.