When we talk about climate action there is this broadness to it that can easily cause a feeling of overwhelm. There is so much to do, and sadly so much bad already done, how do we begin to combat this and reverse it?
From a personal perspective there are steps to take but often they are so small e.g., bringing your reusable bag when you go shopping. For these to be effective they need to be partnered with a larger piece like what we’re doing on a professional level. Part of the reason I chose my job, and a company like BNRG, was to have the opportunity to have a bigger impact on this complex problem.
I feel very lucky that I was raised in a family that saw the value in composting, and the importance of the environment. My Mom also
set up the community garden where we lived in New York. Because of this I have a consciousness of the environment and it has always been top of mind.
I was also lucky enough to have grown up in a location where the intrinsic value of nature has been one that has been easy for me to access. Now I also live somewhere that has lots of parks and there is
a big focus on walking to wherever you need to be.
I had the opportunity to study the environment in university where the true realisation hit that climate change is a full belly problem. I am fortunate in my life to have the resources and headspace to think about this issue and to take action to help address it. The ability to have tools like the Climate Action Venn Diagram is a privilege. I don’t take this for granted and it helps me cultivate an even greater appreciation for the environment around us.
In terms of action, on a personal level I compost, and I reduce how much I drive or fly. We’re all human and we use the environment to our advantage, but it is always on my mind and I’m constantly thinking how can I do better…for example not subscribing to fast fashion and cleaning up the community when I have the opportunity to.
On a professional level I am intrinsically linked to the environment and the issue at hand, and as a result I sought out employment in that area. In my previous work, with the Maine pollinator work, we were introducing native species back into our solar sites. Now with BNRG I am lucky to be working on large scale solar projects that are having a positive impact on the environment and world around us. There is also a community aspect to it that grants people access to solar who might not otherwise have access.
Being on the development side of the house here in BNRG I have the opportunity to conscientiously think of the environment and about being a conscious neighbour and having a positive impact on the wider community. This work most definitely feels like a more cohesive piece that brings it all together and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity for professional growth and personal alignment.