It is fitting that the focus of Earth Day campaign this year is environmental literacy. Education is the key to creating an understanding of our environmental challenges. Knowledge, leading to a change in mindset, will give us the tools and resolve to address the many complicated issues we face.
Literacy, as it pertains to the environment, is not just the study of climate change, but rather a deeply woven study of life. At Omega our core principle is the interconnected and interdependent nature of life. We believe that the well-being of each of us is deeply connected to the well-being of all living things. As an educational institution we teach this in our classes and model it in our operations.
It’s imperative that as we focus on literacy we take an intersectional and holistic approach and speak to the connectivity of many related issues. For instance, we can’t address air and water quality without addressing how we source energy.
We can’t really address health care unless we address poverty and racism. It’s time to recognize that issues such as economics, migration, food security, and even terrorism are links in the same chain of environmental destruction.
At a time when the new administration is demonstrating that it will promote private and corporate interests at the expense of the environment and our health, it is important that we educate ourselves and act as an informed constituency. Let’s employ our individual and collective efforts to preserve hard-fought environmental victories and chart an even more inclusive and impactful path forward.
Now is the time to seize the momentum and send a clear message that we will not accept policies that harm the well-being of people and the planet.
Omega will be at the People’s Climate March on Washington on April 29. Let us know if you're going. I hope to see you there.
Robert "Skip" Backus
Chief Executive Officer