What motivates you to work for sustainability?

A recent post on The Natural Step’s Linkedin page made me reflect on this question.  The Natural Step instructor, Chad Park opened with this question in one of his training sessions.  It is a great reflective ice breaker and brings everyone to a common place of “values” and perhaps reveals the various “worldviews” in the room. 

I would be interested in your response to this question.  We are all here for different reasons.  It is important to understand the different personal motivations that bring us here. 

My children and the children of coming generations motivate me.  Drew Dellinger’s poem “Hieroglyphic Stairway” drives the point home for me:

“It’s 3:23 in the morning and I’m awake,
because my great great grandchildren won’t let me sleep,
my great great grandchildren ask me in dreams,
what did you do while the planet was plundered?
what did you do when the earth was unraveling?
surely you did something when the seasons started failing?
as the mammals, reptiles, birds were all dying?
did you fill the streets with protest
when democracy was stolen?

what did you do
once
you
knew?”

Planetize the Movement from Drew Dellinger on Vimeo.

Many of us know some part of the puzzle, some understand the system.  But once you know – you can’t “un-know”.

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About Kathryn Cooper

Kathryn Cooper is a committed sustainability practitioner and educator moving companies toward “green” profitability and sustainable competitive advantage by unlocking human creativity and technical innovation. Over the last two years she has had the privilege to work with companies like Dupont, Zerofootprint, WWF Canada, and Partners in Project Green on sustainability issues, best practices and renewable energy. Kathryn is a graduate of York University with a Master of Education specializing on Sustainability and the Environment. She holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph.
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2 Responses to What motivates you to work for sustainability?

  1. Ray Anderson Reading Tomorrows Child (at end of this video segment)

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