Marc Gunther: “Take Small Steps to Go Blue”

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To attack big environmental problems, start with small steps. So says Adam Werbach—activist, author, advertising man and one of the more interesting people working in the sustainability movement today. Werbach is the former president of the Sierra Club, the author of Strategy for Sustainability: A Business Manifesto

and the chief executive of Saatchi & Saatchi S , a sustainability consulting firm that’s part of the global communications giant Publicis. He’s worked for Wal-Mart, Procter & Gamble and Frito Lay, among others.

He’s behind a Saatchi project called DOT – do one thing – that is inspired by the PSPs – personal sustainability projects

– that he helped bring to Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart encouraged its 1.3 million employees to integrate sustainable practices into their lives by making small changes to their everyday habits. Many thousands have stopped smoking, lost weight, recycled more, or biked or walked to work.

Is this the way to curb climate change, stop the loss of biodiversity, save tropical forests and the like? Or do people screw in a CFL bulb and then figure they’ve done their part?

Werbach argues that small steps lead to big things. “Change begets change,” he says. “Recycling and energy conservation—once you start remembering to do that, you’re remember to do other things.”  Read more at Marc Gunther’s blog


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