Category Archives: Politics

Climate Action Program – Company wanted it – I wrote it

_MG_4308Today my boss and I introduced our office’s new Climate Action Program Policy. I wrote it in a jiffy, and promoted myself to Climate Action Program Manager immediately.

Yep. That’s me.

My focus when when writing this, hopefully successful program, has been to introduce eco- initiatives that take very little time, require very little effort, and cost as little as possible for the company. So, yes, we could have gone bolder, but my goal was to encourage sustainable behavior without anyone thinking it is “so much work”. Also, management had to approve it :)

Here’s what we’re doing:

  • Every flight taken for business will be carbon compensated, ton by ton, thru tree planting or other carbon offsetting programs.
  • Each person will get one work-from-home day per calendar month to reduce emissions from driving.
  • Prohibited to cater beef, lamb, farmed fish for company events. Cheese and pork strongly discouraged. (Showed a video on beef, link here)
  • All office coffee organic and fair trade. Milk: organic or plant-based.
  • Educate personnel on how they can avoid single-use-items. I held a presentation, and moved all single use items into one cupboard (on which I put a sticker that says “no excuse for one time use” LOL).
  • Recycling program for aluminum, electronics, batteries, print paper.
  • All paper products for office made from 100% recycled fibers.
  • Allow each employee to expense a reusable water bottle to be used when traveling and at the office.

Now, I will never understand how anyone can have such a strong emotional attachment to beef, that they feel targeted and uncomfortable when asked to not eat it on company dime. It’s mind blowing. One guy didn’t even come to the meeting because the lunch I had catered was healthy and vegetarian. *Brain exploding * So disrespectful.

Anyway. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable folks – change is coming!

The sustainable community is always talking about how “systematic change” matters more than individual actions, but let’s be honest: individual action and pressure create systematic change. I am sure the company where I work wouldn’t be asking each branch to take action on climate change hadn’t it been for activists like Greta Thunberg and employees asking upper management to do something. We all matter and I am super excited about finally being able to force some changes in behavior on my colleagues.

Have you suggested a Climate Action Program at your work-place yet? If not, what are you waiting for?!

Talk to me – let me help you write a simple program!

More on office eco-habits here.

The unthinkable happened. But we, we will never stop fighting for what’s right

I had prepared a completely different blog post for this week. It was about hand me down items for eco-baby since I figured I wouldn’t feel the need to post anything about the election. Hillary would win, all the polls and predictions said so, we’d all be ok. There wouldn’t be anything to write about on an eco-blog like mine.

I was wrong.

And you know I don’t like being wrong.

Around nine pm on Tuesday I had a sudden, uncomforting feeling that she wouldn’t win. I had struggled all day not to cry (maybe pregnancy hormones made it worse) and at that point there was no holding it back anymore. The entire evening became a blur.

Frustrated with the reporting, I went to bed, but woke up in the middle of the night. Someone was honking and screaming “Woooooo!” outside. Living in Texas, I knew what that meant.

The anger and sadness I felt at that moment is hard to describe. I didn’t know it would hit me so hard. Like a punch to the gut. Like an overwhelming wave of grief and loss. He had made America hate again.

I wasn’t a huge fan of Hillary’s. Sure, she’d get the job done, and I agreed with her on most issues but she didn’t have my heart like Bernie did. But this election, for me and for many others, especially women, was never about her. It was about defeating the person who threatened our democracy. The person who offended pretty much everyone (except white middle-aged men). The person who said he doesn’t believe in climate change and that he’d defund the EPA. This person, who so clearly knew that the only people stupid enough to vote for him were the Republicans, that went on to win the election.

Darkness won.

As friends, family and the eco community have posted, tweeted, texted and supported each other throughout this horrible day of 11/9, I am somewhat uplifted by their love and comforted by the fact that Hillary did win the majority of the population’s votes. Yet I am, like so many of us, left wondering; where do we go from here?

I’ve always known the answer to that. I knew it already at nine pm last night.

We keep fighting. We hope and work our hardest to elect a progressive democrat as president in 2020. We support and protect our friends who represent the minorities of this country. We embody equality. And we keep focusing on making the world a better place.

We keep reading up on climate issues. We vote for plastic bag bans. We support the Native Americans standing up against the Dakota Access Pipeline. We sort our trash. We recycle. We eat vegan food. We drive our hybrids and electric cars. We shop small.

No matter how hateful he is, he cannot take our passion away from us. Our passion will not only inspire change, but it is and will fuel the entire economy of this country. We are the future.

Thank you to all who voted against him. Thank you Bernie Sanders – You’re the classiest.

Ending with a quote from Hillary today.

“This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.”