Environment and society

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Patrick Hazlewood, MBA, PhD

Green Build Expo Conference – bridging ideas and bringing people from across the world and across industries together with environmental, societal, and economic impact.  For me, today’s task started 17 years ago as a young man entering the world of university learning and being open to new ideas and the impact of both those and old ideas on the people no longer with us, those around me now and following me in the future.  We have an opportunity to clean up and shape up, yes we can (forgive me, I’m in Chicago and it works) do this.  We can communicate and improve our lives and the lives of future generations.

Green Builld does not come across as a hoity toity establishment, but one with people trying to figure out what they can do and how they can fit in and the ever-present how does it help me.  We still don’t understand the impact of our daily decisions, rather we choose to continue to ignore many of them.  We can, we should be, environmentally conscious.

If you believe we don’t affect the world around us, I will give you a couple examples I’ve  been using for more than a decade:

1) we tear down mountains to build roads, we build mountains where there weren’t any with garbage – drainage and wind (erosion changes and more);

2) we build lakes where there were deserts – humidity changes.

I am not saying that we should no longer do anything because it has an impact.  I’m saying be aware of your impact, don’t imagine it doesn’t exist.    I just read a quote from Walt Disney about imagination as I walked down the Magnificent Mile –

“”Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive. This facility makes it the most versatile and explicit means of communication yet devised for quick mass appreciation.”
Walt Disney (thank you BrainyQuote.com)

Here’s hoping that we will all be more animated in our desire to make our choices better in the short and long run for those here and those to come.

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