Our Journey to Sustainability

July 26, 2018  


Our environment is facing so many pressures, from plastic pollution to climate change, from habitat destruction to the unsustainable use of plants and animals, the list is endless. Regardless of who we are or what we do – we are all a part of the problem. Every time we switch on a light or drive to work, every time we use a plastic product, every time we buy a product containing palm oil or we eat a fish caught in an unsustainable way we are contributing to the problem.

When faced with the reality of what humans are doing to the environment we can react in a number of ways – some of us have decided that the problems are just so overwhelming that there is nothing that one person can do. After all, big industry and governments created these problems; it’s up to them to solve them. Some of us simply don’t care – we have more than enough to worry about just caring for our families, the environment is simply not a priority. While a few have become environmental zealots, caring so much for the environment that we cannot believe that everyone does not share our passion. We proudly bring our recyclable water bottles to meetings, eat vegan food and pretend to never touch plastic.

It is critical to realise that we are all on a journey – and like any journey we are all at different places along the way. Some of us are doing really well – we have made many changes to the way we live, some of us are just starting out on the journey – we still need a map to help to guide us. Many of us are somewhere in the middle – we have a few maps, we are on the road but we get lost sometime.

Many IZE members are on this journey. Some of us are all taking small steps to sustainability by recycling waste, planting indigenous plants and limiting single-use plastics, while others have taken giant leaps forwards and have installed solar power, banned all plastics or created their own circular economies. BUT all this is definitely not enough. We want to do more and we would like you to join us.

Please join us on our journey – none of us are perfect – we are not anywhere near where we would like to be. But if we each just take a simple step in the right direction and keep walking – our goal of a more sustainable environment for our children and our grandchildren is in our reach.

Dr Judy Mann-Lang