A global concern about the Environment
The growing global concern about environmental decline, hazardous waste dumping and poor landfill waste management has led to sustainable initiatives becoming more prevalent in industries like manufacturing, clothing and fashion. With these new developments in mind, what does being sustainable really mean to us? How can we play a part in building sustainable communities?
Thinking green is simply a way of being conscious and responsible for the environment around us. For us to shift our thinking towards sustainability, we must first educate and make ourselves aware of the issues affecting our environment, we then arm ourselves with the necessary tools to make life more sustainable on our planet. Playing a part no matter how little can have a major impact on the environment and improve quality of life overall.
Here’s how to build sustainable communities
We can build sustainable communities by forming alliances with cause-based organizations that share a vision for ethical living and environmental consciousness. This presents a unique opportunity for individuals to raise awareness for these organizations, connect with diverse range of people and make measurable impact in the communities that they reside in. In addition, such partnerships focus on challenging people beyond just awareness of the issues and instead encourage action by equipping volunteers with the resources and support they need to make a positive difference in their respective communities.
The importance of building communities cannot be overstated because, one person cannot single-handedly change the world, however, with the power of many, change becomes more evident. Volunteers also have a chance to act as brand ambassadors and leaders through participation. This model of volunteering will help build a solid platform and give people the desire to give their time as stewards for the planet. Volunteering as an act shouldn’t merely be viewed as an opportunity to gain self-serving recognition but rather it’s a way to connect individuals who are disconnected from global controversies like unfair labor practices, human rights violations, and fair trade debates.
There are examples of organizations that have built communities and encourage engaging, fun and action-driven initiatives, these include My Effect, an organization that focuses on making meaningful connections and impact as well as DoSomething.org, which is an organization that is committed to making the world suck less. by giving youth the platform to take action and make a difference. And of course, not to toot our own horn, Trusted Clothes, which is currently bringing people from diverse backgrounds together to drive positive changes in the clothing and fashion industry.