Mining and society are intricately connected. We are so dependent upon mining that it is far more realistic to question how, when, and where we will mine than to question if we will mine.
But this brings forth some serious challenges. The resources we depend upon are finite, and we are consuming an ever-increasing amount of them. At the current rate of growth in consumption, it will not be long before we will need more resources than our planet can provide. What will we do then?
More significantly, what can and will we do to prevent this scenario from unfolding?
‘Rethink’ is an exploration into how society can become sustainable and what roles all of us play in achieving this goal. It is a call to action to begin the change now, with the recognition of the factors that can drive or inhibit such change. Most importantly, it is a dialogue on how we get from ‘here’ to ‘there’.
One of the recommendations from our eco audit and mentioned in the last Rethink post, is to celebrate progress. Thanks to the audit, we now have a solid
foundation to measure this progress. Before we do that however, we need to recognize where we are beginning.
One of the findings from the eco audit was that it is reasonable that we could become Green Tourism Certified once we meet the reports immediate and short-term goals.
It is perhaps a measure for this organization that so successfully manages to achieve its operational goals with very tight budgets that one of the findings from the audit is that we are doing quite well from the get-go.
A strong start has its own risks, however. The risk of being complacent is one. What if people looked at the report from a ‘we are doing well enough’ rather than ‘we can achieve more’ perspective? This is an issue that can be encountered in everything we choose to do. When is something good enough? When have I met my goal?
This is why larger goals are always important. Without a longer term vision that carries beyond perceived limits, we run the risk of complacency. We run the risk of saying ‘that is good for…’ as we fill ourselves with satisfaction for having stood out from a self-defined subset of possibilities.
Yes, there are real limiting factors in what this Museum can accomplish. There are real limiting factors on what anyone or any organization can accomplish. The truth is however, that those true limits will never be explored if you begin with a self-imposed limit on your potential.
Small goals, such as Green Tourism Certification, are steps along the way. To get to where we want to go however, requires a grander inspiration – an inspiration that reaches into the heart of why this matters.
That is one of the goals of Rethink – to be a grander inspiration.
The views expressed by the author(s) of Rethink are not necessarily reflective of the organization and are provided as ideas for consideration in context of a changing world view.