What is responsible leadership?
As I start the day I am aware that leadership is not in only the mighty and glorious moments; it is also in the little things. As my friend Arvind commented in this blog, Obama is inspiring, yet each of us need to do our bit.
Sometimes I want to scream in America when I see so much consumption and so much waste. How did this society at one time so inspiring and creative fall to this level?
This is the land of the disposable!
One year on Cape Cod, I was amazed when I saw for the first time people arriving at their beach side rental units, with cars full of huge packages. What could they possible contain, I wondered. What they contained were massive amounts of disposable paper towels, disposable paper cups and plates, and disposable plastic cutlery. I quickly learned that this was so that the vacationers never had to wash up after a meal. Paper plates and plastic knives, forks and spoons, were being used because it is easier to throw them away than to wash real plates and cutlery, and kitchen paper was being used to clean, again because it’s easier to throw away than to use a cleaning cloth.
Where is all that paper going? When did it become acceptable to pile up rubbish instead of taking a few minutes to wash and clean?
On the other hand, it is becoming increasingly obvious that a resource we took for granted in the west, may soon become a very scarce and valuable commodity. Water!
Maybe then there is an argument for all that paper after all …… I really do not know. The Water problem really worries me. I mean .. we need water to survive!