Today is Earth Day. The first original Earth Day was April 22, 1970, organized in the US by Denis Hayes, a young activist. Over 20 million people marched & which still is the largest single-day protest in human history.
In 2020, the 50th anniversary, over 100 million observed the day online, a record for a single-day online gathering in history.
This year it is of particular impact to me. This week, I had the opportunity to spend some time in the Florida everglades. I have been to Florida many times but was astounded by the beauty & the diversity of the Everglades.
I was also struck by the responsibility to protect this unique ecosystem, the largest of its kind & of global significance.
In 2000 the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) was approved by Congress to create a long-term plan to both provide oversight & protect from overdevelopment in Florida.
The organization of individuals carrying out the CERP has much in common with the ecosystem it’s protecting. They are both diverse with multiple elements & need to balance growth while protecting biodiversity in healthy ways.
Whether natural or within organizations, creating sustainable ecosystems takes leadership & stewardship as well and intelligence, not just pursuing short-term thinking.
It takes leaders like Denis Hayes who are courageous & visionary.
Can you be that kind of leader?
Along the road with you,
8 Dimensions Of Business Ecosystems | Gartner.com
What can business learn from nature about ecosystems | EY.com
Strategy as Ecology | Harvard Business Review
TED Talks | Erin Meezan: What nature can teach us about sustainable business | In The Green
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