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’.
I recall when I was I child some of our neighbours had composting bins. Even then it seemed like a great idea, but not something my family ever did. When
I moved out on my own, I still thought composting was a great idea, but along with ideas such as growing my own vegetables, it just never happened.
So when composting became easier, as a result of it being mandated, I was quite happy to finally be able to do so.
While this shift to composting was recent, it changed something else for me as well. When scraps went out in the trash or down the food waste disposal, I lost track of how much food waste I was generating. Sure, I had some idea of it, but it was easy enough to dismiss it because I was already producing less waste than the average (I have always tried to minimize my overall amount of waste). That changed when I started to pay attention to how much compostable materials I was taking out.
I started to think about how much of the waste was not necessary, but was completely a product of my dietary preferences so I decided to give myself a challenge – to cut down the amount of material I send to composting.
So far it has proven to be fun experimenting in the kitchen. It might be a while before I share any of my new concoctions with anyone however.
If you are bold enough to make it yourself though, here is the recipe for my first soup (really my first soup – I had never made soup before):
1 bunch of kale
3 carrots (large)
4 garlic cloves
5 green onions
6 cherry tomatoes
Blend all ingredients in your Vitamix with approx 2 cups of water (add water to create desired thickness), starting slow and gradually increasing the speed to 10. Once everything is blended, continue to blend on 10 for five minutes.
Image: Muu-karhu / 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.