Managing our natural and man-made resources by challenging stereotypes

Jenga is one of our family’s favourite games. In the beginning, you can pick a piece without much thought for the next. But as time goes by, complexity increases.

As a global citizen, I recognize the need to strategize my game plan with regards to our natural, man-made and social resources. I realized that we are not at the start of resource Jenga, but right in the middle of an intricate balancing act. Every move we make impacts countless others, and if you’re not careful, sooner or later, the tower will topple.

How can we improve our game plan with regards to managing our precious resources?

In my opinion, we should start by challenging our stereotypes. Here are a few of my favourites.

Stereotype 1: Eating excessive amounts of meat makes you more manly.

It is stereotypes like these that affect our mindset around the traditionally high status of meat as a natural resource. There are millions of people around the world who currently eat far more meat than is needed for a healthy diet.

Water, on the other hand, is our most overexploited and polluted resource and the high demand for animal protein does not help. Most studies agree that plant-based foods usually have a lower impact than meat products.

So, should we stop eating meat? Not if we challenge our stereotypes, practice balance and commit to contributing to the global goals of fixing climate change.

Stereotype 2: Parenting is done by women.

Abdicating parenting and education to women is a stereotype that needs to change. We are all called to use our social resources and participate in the education and schooling of our children.

Stereotype 3: Paper is better than plastic.

The war against plastic is a legitimate and worthy struggle, but is using paper really a better option?

It is a fact that trees are one of the 6 most exploited resources on earth. To make it even worse, the paper packaging we use is often treated with bleach that deems it unrecyclable.

Be knowledgeable about your man-made resources and use it level-headedly. And while you are at it, read an environmentally friendly e-book from our E-library!

I leave you with the wise words of Mark Udall. “You don’t climb mountains without a team, you don’t climb mountains without being fit, you don’t climb mountains without being prepared and you don’t climb mountains without balancing the risks and rewards. And you never climb a mountain on accident – it has to be intentional.”

By orchestrating our efforts, the balancing act becomes a well-executed symphony restoring equilibrium to the world as it once was.