How to make friends and influence people09 Aug 2018
This week I sat on a panel with the University of Wollongong to discuss the issues facing the environment, what we can do about it and engaging more people.
Of course we all know that doing as much as we can in our own lives creates change, reducing our impact, influencing others adds to weight to driving change in corporations and government.
Change seems to require a top down and a bottom up approach, and the more pressure from us the more likely those at the top are going to make changes that effect everyone. The panel agreed, talking to the converted is nice though it is often difficult to engage those not moved by environmental issues (the laggards).
So who do you talk to?
Dealing with a federal or state government can be frustrating, however talking to your local council will likely be more fruitful. You have a more direct link with people who live and interact with your community and they are more likely to listen to your feedback so try them first. Council might be able to collect food waste from restaurants and unit blocks or help make your town plastic free, its all achievable.
What is sometimes missing from the conversation, is that businesses can actually save money by reducing their waste, who would’ve thought? Something that has been made clear to me through our partnership with “GreenDining” is that businesses will reduce costs while they reduce waste. They will reduce the need for bins because produce will go further and plastics will not be filling their bin. When a business cuts out single use plastic and then gets the most out of their produce they can start to see that helping the planet will also help their business financially.
Pickling is one way to make things go further image: Left Over Lovers
The benefits of extending your impact by talking to local government or influencing a food business to become more sustainable will multiply the positive environmental impact and create the change with the people you aren’t currently talking to.
A way to create change in a wider audience is to work with the people that supply them, this way they won’t have a choice because the change will be happening all around them.
Paul Hellier - Founder
The Fair Food Forager / Greendining partnership will help food businesses reduce waste, improve overal sustainability, save money and improve exposure to consumers looking to support businesses that care.
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