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’.
Never thought I'd be so happy to say that phrase - "We've got worms!" It's generally not something to shout out in polite conversation, but in this case
I'm thrilled. For the worms in question have miraculously appeared in our composter.
Late last year we were fortunate to receive grant funding from the North Shore chapter of TD Friends of the Environment. We wanted to divert organic waste from our staff and schools away from the landfill. After all, with all our staff and most of our visiting schools lunching on site, there is a notable amount of waste being generated.
Thanks to the advice of Microcosm Composting (and a really helpful on site composting technology review conducted by Metro Vancouver), we identified the Jora unit as being perfect for us. It generates compost in around two months, is critter proof, easy to use, and takes all types of food scraps. Exactly what we need.
With the collection of staff generated organics under our belt, we implemented the collection of school food scraps with the new school year in September. It's been reassuring to find out that many schools are at ease with organics collection, and some even coming to expect it.
With staff alone, we estimate that in the first ten months of using it, we have diverted about 350 litres worth of food scraps from the landfill. Something
the Green Team can be happy about - so thanks TD Friends of the Environment. Your funds are most gratefully received.