Tips for Being More Responsible Consumers
Toward the end of the Council Day, we divided into smaller breakout rooms to discuss some of the actions we can take to be more responsible consumers. Each group shared their own insight, with advice ranging from avoiding single-use plastics, to decreasing animal product consumption, to recycling materials.
As we reflected on Earth Day, CEO Brandon Dennison addressed a common misconception: In Appalachia, where many land-based industries have left irreparable impacts on our environment, many still believe that industries cannot be successful unless they are compromising or exploiting the environment. But at Coalfield Development, we know that’s not the case. Each of our social enterprises demonstrates that sustainable, environmentally-conscious business is possible — and it’s able to thrive here.
“A lot of times we’re told that taking care of our planet or being a steward of creation goes against having good jobs and that you can’t have both,” Dennison said. “By taking better care of our planet, we can actually create more jobs and better quality jobs and more fulfilling jobs that help us be better stewards of creation.”
In closing, Brandon Dennison closed with a word of praise for our team, our progress over the last few months, and our respect for our environment. At the end of the day, we must all take responsibility in looking out for the future of our planet.