It Isn't Easy Being Green

One of the common passion discovery questions coaches ask is, "What makes you cry?" or "What keeps you up at night?"  When you sit with these questions you begin to get a clearer picture of what you are passionate about. It can be a guide to your life work.

I recently listened to an interview with Clare Dubois, founder of TreeSisters. What stood out for me listening to the interview was the emotion that was so close to the surface when Clare spoke about the destruction of forests. There was a moment when she had to pause what she was saying because she began weeping.

Have you ever felt that way?

A couple of summers ago I was driving through a remote part of Cambodia. One of the people I was with told me about the deforestation happening in that country. Cambodia is at the top of the list of countries experiencing forest loss in the world. Read more here. It isn't surprising that the other countries at the top of the list are in the developing world. Forests are cleared to make way for large scale planting of crops like rubber. It makes me very sad. I feel a physical heaviness in my heart when I think about these things.

 Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo

Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo

After listening to Clare Dubois I spent some time looking at the TreeSisters website and I love what they are doing. Look at this mission statement: To rapidly accelerate tropical reforestation by inspiring and channeling women's nature-based feminine leadership into local and global action.  

l love that she is focusing on women in her work. Women can lead the way in environmental leadership. It gives me such hope. 

What I've started to embrace more deeply is the recognition we are all connected. The choices that I make have a cost globally. What I do, what I eat, what I purchase, what I say, where I go and how I get there - it all has an impact. There is a lot of ground to cover - literally and figuratively. We can't do it alone but together, recognizing the strength of our connection, we can make a difference.

Find resources to support living in a more sustainable way has been a focus of mine for the past few years. I've made some changes in my life and I have a lot more to do. I will be sharing them with you here on this blog on a more regular basis.  As women, we can make a signficiant impact by the choices we make.