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’.
“What you do is what matters, not what you think or say or plan.”
― Jason Fried, Rework
Rethink began as a bold idea – what if our little Museum could find a way to make the sources of the raw mined materials in consumer products clearly visible to end users? What if we could find a way to allow companies to show their customers their products are from ethically sourced natural resources?
It was indeed bold and far beyond what we could reasonably accomplish in one step.
So the question was what can we do? What actions are reasonable first steps to encouraging people to evaluate what is sustainable usage of our non-renewable resources? Beyond that, what is ethical usage? How is it possible for you and I to make choices that account for the true costs of our products and services when so much of the cost is hidden?
It begins with a small step. It begins through trial. For the Museum, it begins right here.
This month we will launch a new internal initiative to find ways that our staff members and the organization can make more ethical, sustainable choices.
Called the ‘Green Team’, we are going to take those first small steps that can lead to bigger ones, because we need to get started if we are to get to where we need to go.
Future Rethink blog posts will share our efforts, successes, and failures on this journey to reduce our 'ecological footprint'.
Photo Credit: Oliver Dixon / Wikicommons
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.