Parent Spotlight – Parents Protecting the Environment

About 30% of La Chât parents work at NGOs, committed to making the world a better place – very much aligned with Ecolint’s values of recognising the importance of global issues and of encouraging international values.
To celebrate Green Week, En Bref interviews some of the parents whose jobs focus on protecting our environment.

Olgalu Navarro – The Gallifrey Foundation and Goumbook:

What is the objective of your organisation?
Gallifrey is a Marine Conservation Foundation focusing on Plastic Pollution, Deep Sea Mining, Arctic Preservation and Social Enterprise Education. I work with them on the Plastic-free Campus Programme  – an interactive open-source tool to guide schools around the world towards becoming more sustainable and plastic-free. Goumbook is  an organization aimed at raising awareness of Sustainability and Green Living in the UAE. There, I work on the Drop it Youth Campaign to raise awareness among students of plastic pollution, encouraging them to take action locally on this global issue.

What is the one key thing that La Chât families can do to help protect our environment?
As nature is hosting us, we need to take responsibility for it, and be critical of our behaviour, re-thinking our priorities. For instance as consumers we can and should make better choices – looking for non-packaged food, refusing single-use plastic, buying local products to support better agriculture, and drinking tap water to refuse plastic bottles, may seem like small actions, but, multiplied by millions, they become powerful. We have big room for improvement and huge potential to turn things around.

Are you hopeful for the future of our planet?
Absolutely, yes. We just need to constantly remind ourselves that the future is not far away, and that our daily actions leave a print – good or bad, it’s our choice.

Scott Poynton – Earthworm Foundation:

What is the objective of your organisation?
At the Earthworm Foundation, we help company leaders grapple with environmental and social challenges.
What is the one thing that La Chât families can do to help protect our environment?
Reduce meat consumption. I don’t say become vegan, although that would be good, but eating fewer animal products has a huge environmental impact.
Are you hopeful for the future of our planet?
I admit that I alternate between hope and despair, but, at the end of the day, I believe that we have to keep going. We have to keep fighting, because, if we give up, all is lost. With luck, and if the Universe is kind, we might make it.
Here are links to two articles that I wrote which help to share my thinking:
Between Two Worlds: Tears for the Unheeded Wisdom of Elders
– Searching for something else? It starts with beauty.

Anna Weatherly – World Wildlife Fund:

What is the objective of your organisation?
Creating a world where people and nature thrive, in harmony – but we’ll only get there if we all, individuals, businesses and governments, are more careful with our one and only home.
WWF has teams of experts working in over 100 countries to protect our forests, rivers, ocean, climate, food and wildlife. But this isn’t a job for one organization. WWF harnesses the collective power of supporters around the world, communities, companies and governments to create real solutions for people and the planet. Together, we bridge cutting edge conservation science and traditional knowledge. We help bright ideas from one community take root in another, half a world away. Together, we weather setbacks and persevere. We are champions for coral reefs, rainforests, ice caps and free-flowing rivers. For species who cannot speak up for themselves.

What is the one thing that La Chât families can do to help protect our environment?
Try to make informed choices about what you buy and what resources you use. Do a quick inventory of your shopping and see where you could make more sustainable choices – simple things like eliminating single-use plastics, buying less packaged food, creating less waste.
And use your voice – collectively we can make an impact and influence businesses and governments to do the right thing for our planet. Sign petitions, donate money or time to those organisations fighting for our planet, march for the climate, lobby those who have the power to change things for good.
Are you hopeful for the future of our planet?
Yes, but we all have to act now. We have a limited window of opportunity to address the negative impact we’ve made on our planet. Climate change and biodiversity loss are happening at an alarming rate – we may be the last generation that can reverse the trend.

Victor van Vuuren – International Labour Organisation:

What is the objective of your organisation?
The ILO is devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights. One of the areas the ILO works in is the impact on the environment by the world of work. In particular Green jobs are central to sustainable development and respond to the global challenges of environmental protection, economic development and social inclusion. By engaging governments, workers and employers as active agents of change, the ILO promotes the greening of enterprises, workplace practices and the labour market as a whole. These efforts create decent employment opportunities, enhance resource efficiency and build low-carbon sustainable societies.

What is the one thing that La Chât families can do to help protect our environment?
As parents we can all ensure that our workplaces are geared to playing a positive role in protecting the environment and as students each pupil should make it one of their goals to understand the current environmental challenges and to find ways in which they can already add value no matter how small that impact my seem.

Are you hopeful for the future of our planet?
Having interacted with the youth of today I am assured that we have a positive future ahead. The current global social and environmental challenges will soon be managed by energised strong leaders emanating from today’s youth. They are the future.

Interviews compiled by:  Barbara Puren and Olive Fenton

Featured image by Pixabay.



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