“Do something, then do something else”
By John A. Lanier
By its very nature, the Earth is resilient.
The Cuyahoga River, which famously caught fire 45 years ago, has recovered. Now more than 40 species of fish are found in the river, and bald eagles are able to nest nearby.
Ecosystems are quick to rebound from all types of natural disasters too.
Just think about how quickly new grasses sprout up in the cracks of Atlanta’s concrete sidewalks.
But the Earth is also finite.
My grandfather, the late Ray C. Anderson, had some thoughts on how we could do things better, and the example he set forth gives us an answer:
“Do something, then do something else.”
Ray was rather insistent with this call to action. And, like the Earth, Ray was resilient.
Ray was a small-town Georgia boy who created the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpet, Interface. He also made it a global leader in sustainability.
Yet sustainability is still a stranger in most American homes. And