One of the toughest concepts for people to understand is this whole concept of 'sustainability'—how it impacts our daily lives, the people we care about, our health and well-being and even the choices we make. It's true that it's difficult for us to grasp what it means to be a polar bear and to be concerned about the melting of the ice caps. Somehow, these connections to our personal lives seem so remote. The question then is, how do we make sense of it all? How do we figure out the link between sustainability, climate change and our own lifestyles?
Last September, I embarked on one of the greatest adventures of my life—Climate Ride. It was here that I not only met some of the most passionate people who cared about the planet, but I also discovered the amount of work being done behind the scenes across the globe by hundreds of nonprofit organizations as it relates to sustainability. It was a time to explore the connection between us, and how having a long-term approach to life (meaning, envisioning life as it will be in 10 or 20 years' time) can change our thoughts as well as the way we think, buy, eat, wear and act. I started to see the connections between my decisions and the collective consciousness of communities and how we all have the responsibility to make a difference toward a sustainable future.
It was during this five-day, 320 miles of pedaling down the California Coast that I met Caeli Quinn, Co-Founder of Climate Ride and her teammates. Not only was I blown away by the passion of these riders, but the commitment and dedication they had towards such a worthy and noble cause. I asked Caeli her perspectives on why she thought it was so challenging for people to embrace sustainability. In this video, she shares her thoughts on the issues which include the problem ofunderstanding the true cost of the resources we utilize daily.
My hope is that each and every one of us gets involved with an organization and spends time understanding the issues surrounding sustainability. If we want our kids to have a healthy and sustainable future, as role models we need to get them involved as early as possible, to empower them and to keep up the connection between ourselves, nature and sustainability.