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’.
On July 7 & 8, 2015, things got down and dirty here at the Britannia Mine Museum.
Over the course of those two days, Darrell Eason, Greenstep Sustainability Auditor, along with three of our staff members – Diane, Mike, and Michelle – dug through and sorted one day’s worth of garbage generated on our site.
The waste audit, combined with Greenstep's examination of our site, an audit of our energy and water usage, and discussions with our staff to understand our issues and challenges provided the data needed to map out how we are doing and how we can reduce our ecological impact. The findings are spelled out in the Sustainability Report and Action Plan.
The need for an audit was one of the first items identified as essential by the Green Team when we first formed, so we are grateful to the Squamish Lillooet Regional District for the grant that made this important step on our path to sustainability possible.
Greenstep's recommendations are built around meeting the five preliminary commitments the Museum has set out to achieve by 2020. These commitments are:
Photo: Ashley Felton / 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.