“Progress is impossible without change”, according to George Bernard Shaw. It’s true; you can’t move forward if you’re not willing to change your location. Many areas of life are like this. Want to get stronger and healthier? You’re going to have to work out, and unless you’re already doing that, it’s probably going to hurt, at least for a day or two. Want to enjoy the benefits of a new location? Your move will involve change that might be painful. Would you like to save more money? Making the necessary changes in your budget to make that happen may prove difficult.
Yes, change isn’t always pleasant, but you can’t improve without it. We need to think about this kind of change when it comes to the environment. We are not going to see progress in combating environmental problems if we don’t make up our minds that we must change. I only partially quoted George Bernard Shaw earlier. Take a look at the full quote:
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. – George Bernard Shaw
As the quote implies, change at the mental level is what’s needed more than anything else. If we don’t change our collective minds about pollution and the environment, we’ll never see progress. Like your soreness after starting a workout program, the kind of change we need is difficult and painful. It involves looking about personal and important issues like our money and how we make it, how we use our time, what our priorities are.
Take money for example. You can easily make the argument that pollution has skyrocketed and resources have dwindled since we’ve become industrialized over the 250+ years. And you can also argue that in many cases, profit has been chosen over any possible effects to the environment. This choice has received more publicity in recent decades, but the problem continues – we choose short-term profits over long-term benefits to the environment.
Some may view it as hypocritical to bring these issues up on this site. My employer (and owner of this blog), Camfil APC, is a business that has the goal of making money. And though we do make equipment that cleans the air and reduces pollution, yeah, we want to turn a profit. But can we, and other corporations, make a profit and still be kind to the environment? Yes. But it will require change in our attitude and actions.
We’re changing right now. The need for change and what it can accomplish has been an inspiration for our blog lately, so we’ve setup this site for our future writings. The old blog, which you can find here, will be kept online for historical reasons. But this new site, in addition to having a slick new look, will be less focused on product news and more focused on what each of us can do to enjoy clean air.
To that end, you’ll find content on this site that will help you improve the air you breathe right now, whether it’s at home, at work, or anywhere between. You’ll also see articles containing news about environmental troubles. That news won’t always be pleasant to read. But those feelings of shock or outrage about what’s happening with the environment can be beneficial, since they can motivate us to do something. To change.
We’re in. Are you?