The human species can be proud of many things, but it must also recognize serious errors and learn from them to understand that, along with many advantages, development has also given us a vision of the world that is gradually moving away from nature, which we see simply as a source of resources to be used, or as a scenario to be enjoyed and consumed.
It is not a question of ecology, but of humanism. We should love and care for nature out of love for all that surrounds us, out of responsibility for all biodiversity and, above all, out of pure human selfishness. We are nature by definition, by belonging and by interest. We are the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat and the environment in which we live. Our physical and mental health depends on the good balance we have with the rest of the natural environment.
It is sad that we need a “World Nature Day” to remind us of this momentous fact, but at least it serves to talk and think more about it. I believe that if we give ourselves a little time to reflect (and the great causes deserve this time), the great majority will agree on this reasoning. I would like to believe that an enormous majority of citizens are aware that we must understand and respect nature more. But if we want to save the world, that is, nature, we will not achieve it with consciousness, but with action (conscious action, of course). That is why we must be radicals of positive action and respect for the natural environment.
I am considered a good speaker, trainer and disseminator on leadership, change management, teamwork and motivation. I love this work and being able to share experiences, reflections and powerful concepts that inspire and provoke improvements in people’s attitudes. But it wouldn’t make sense if all of this focused only on managing their egos better, or achieving better benefits for them and their organizations, without the attitude being in line with this respect and commitment to the environment in general and to society in particular. Caring for nature is the first and greatest social action possible.
We all make many decisions and lead many actions. And if the world is saved by action, each one of us is responsible for doing so. The only acceptable way is to move towards a sustainable leadership, which starts from this integral and intelligent responsibility; which pursues its own results with ambition and efficiency, but always in balance with the impact on society and the environment. The opposite is unacceptable, because it is “IN-Sustainable”.
Nature calls us and asks us for respect, but we rarely listen to her, let alone act. It is now clear to almost all of us that we face enormous environmental challenges, and if we are to be true leaders of our personal and professional projects, we cannot shirk responsibility. It is not Greta Thumberg’s generation that will have to save the planet, but it is us now, the generation of current leaders that are and will be in positions to decide and act for quite some time to come. It is the decade and we are the generation. If we want to transform our development with a more sustainable approach, we must first transform ourselves and act in a coherent way in our daily lives.
This “world day” is not about passing on four beautiful pictures of inspiring places, but about committing ourselves and activating ourselves for the good of nature, that is, for our own good.