What we're watching: 
Circular economy: you've probably heard the term, and maybe you understand what it means, but have you really thought about how it might work? How might we rethink the very system in which we live? How can we address a disposable culture not just by one company changing one product, but by changing the whole system? This short video can be your tutorial on the subject, and just might inspire you to think beyond the confines of our current model as well!
What we're reading: 
There are a lot of great initiatives out there to make the world a little greener - stop using straws, bring a reusable bag to the grocery store, etc. We support them all, but this thought-provoking article begs us to go further. It challenges the growth-based, consumeristic system we live within, and asks us to truly mobilize against the 'great tide of junk' we're creating. Think big, and go beyond improving that disposable coffee cup! 
Quote we're inspired by:  

"We study history not to know the future but to widen our horizons, to understand that our present situation is neither natural nor inevitable, and that we consequently have many more possibilities before us than we imagine." 

No matter how you look at it, at the end of the day we are all one human family, sharing one, finite planet. Our actions have consequences, from the plastic wrapper that is accidentally blown away by the wind at the beach, to the cities and companies we build that shape the world around us. Fortunately, each of us can make choices about our own personal habits and behaviors. We can and should be cognizant of the waste we produce, the gas we guzzle, and where the products we buy come from. 
 
But there is also something to be said for the need for more systemic change. Whether it be a circular economy in which we rethink ownership, or if we need to take down the entire capitalist construct around us, it's time to shake things up! A drop in the bucket is good, but if we can create a hose, we're going to fill it up a lot more quickly!
 
If you think environmental sustainability is important in organizations and corporations, but you aren't sure where to start, check out our upcoming online course ' Regenerative Leadership,' where you can learn about the SDGs and how to embed sustainability into your life and work.

You'll see information on this course and others on our  new website, launched this week. We've got a brand new, fresh look, so check it out! And if that's not enough, we also have a new LinkedIn page, so please follow us for updates and neat articles and resources! 
 
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The Centre's Team
UPEACE Centre for Executive Education 
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