“Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” George Bernard Shaw
The above quote was one of my mother’s favorites. She passed away this past spring at her young age of 93, and I feel as if she has handed me that “splendid torch”. She lived a very simple life, but made her mark on the world and on those she touched.
There is much on about us. A global pandemic, busy careers, a family to raise and stay engaged with work and (attempts at) a social life. Many are out of work, struggling to make ends meet. So many are dealing with a loss of a loved one, or a job, or a livelihood. A needed reckoning for social justice. A growing impoverished and homeless community. The gaps between the haves and have nots is widening at a pace never seen before. And a divisive political climate. The natural world around us is facing great risks to survival. Climate disruption has altered the health of our environment. It has disrupted natural patterns to life, human life and the life of plants and animals that connect all of us to survival.
Many of us are trying to make a greater positive mark on the world, as they recognize their life can be made to do more to help others and get behind causes for the greater good. They want to make a difference. To leave this world a better place for our children, grandchildren and all those who will follow. They are struggling to find a way, unsure of what gifts they might have to share with the world. Reflecting on their skills and talents, and doing what they can with what they have.
For me, while I may not be a published author, yet, I do feel that I can communicate with the written word. That is where I choose to try to make a difference, to try to impact change for the better, to make my mark on the world and help improve the lives of others – through my writing.
As Vice President for Scout Sourcing, Inc, a Woman Owned company out of the Chicago area, I work with large corporate customers and help guide them into sustainable options for packaging and paper products. This role can also help impact the health of our environment in a positive way, but only when it makes good business and strategic sense for my clients.
There are so many great needs in our world. So many great causes to contribute to our get involved in. I’m choosing to try to make a difference in the fight for the health of our environment, preserving and protecting our natural world and all its inhabitants – most notably us humans. My educational and experiential background is in Sustainability. We could use the help, as we witness an ongoing assault on our environment from some business and political interests – interests where we hope to find solutions from as well. We truly are at a crossroads. And I am hoping to help move us in the right direction. With this blog, I will work to enlighten, educate, and empower my readers – my customers. With science based facts, anecdotes, experiences, poetry, insights, history, news, videos, articles or other posts. Whatever elements and venues I can find to help communicate the importance of Sustainability.
Primary categories will be:
Environmental & Sustainability Issues in the news
Living a More Sustainable Life
Teaching children the importance of sustainability
Reflections from Nature
The Politics of the Environment
Biodiversity & the Natural World
Steve’s Adventures and Life Lessons
In addition, I welcome submissions from my readers. As we are all in this together and there are so many who have terrific ideas to share. I am but one voice, and I would love to add others to this effort.
And with every post, I hope to make it actionable, to discuss ways we might demonstrate in our own lives how to help whatever subject we wrote about. It often leaves me frustrated when faced with such daunting environmental challenges and no path forward to help. I hope to provide that help, or ideas to move in the right direction, and make a difference.
The most compelling characteristic about nature, for me, is that we are all connected. That what each and every one of us does, how we act, treat others, treat our natural world, impacts everything around us. And that even in small ways, we can do great things together, because we are all connected in this great web of life. We can see it on full display in these challenging times.
Lets get started, and lets do this together!