Our first annual EMC EcoKids contest drew to a close earlier this quarter. There is no question in my mind that there will be more - it may be the best thing I have ever participated in at work!
We heard from employees in 27 countries - giving us an opportunity to "meet" colleagues from Serbia, Colombia, the Philippines, Dubai. Submissions came from boys and girls whose ages ranged from 18 months to 14 years (the age limit that we imposed).
We didn't give them a theme, other than to say they should show why and/or how we should protect the environment. Turns out we didn't need to … they told us. In English, French, Chinese; in words and in pictures; in drawings, paintings, and collages, they told us that "It is in our hands"!
I really have to get better at this. In my last post, I said I'd start telling you about the small signs I'm seeing that indicate long term systems thinking (i.e., sustainability) is penetrating people's psyches. These signs pop up nearly every day - generate a fleeting smile and a mental note that I should blog about it. Then the intent somehow evaporates in the daily frenzy. (Yes, for those of you who want to get into a similar job, beware - your schedule is not your own!) So what I'm going to try to do is simply sit down and type it in as soon as I think of it. (And a warning for my readers - this probably means more typos!)