Today, more than ever, our planet needs our attention. It is our collective responsibility to ensure our current actions create a better future for the next generations. We owe it to our children.
My own journey caring for the environment started decades ago and continued when my son Loch was young. He was fascinated with dinosaurs – he has been to special dinosaur-themed camps, we’ve gone to Drumheller and Dinosaur Provincial Park many, many times, and two summers ago we decided to feed his passion for paleontology, blending it with my passion for the outdoors and hiking. We climbed to the top of Burgess Mountain in British Columbia to see fossils in an area that was once completely immersed by water.
Through his passion, we have studied and seen different parts of our province, of our country and of the world. It has made us both more aware. I believe the more aware we are, the easier it is to do good and the more intentional we become about our actions. And being intentional is indeed where it all starts.
Over the years, his drive to learn more about science has grown. He is almost 17 now, and he understands global issues like climate change, the use of renewable energy and access to fresh water.
Caring for our environment is something we often discuss and I’m fortunate to live my passion in my career.
We’ve had a lot to celebrate this week at TELUS. On Monday, World Environment Day, Canadian television host and journalist, Valerie Pringle, moderated an interactive panel discussion with one of Canada’s most respected photographers, Ed Burtynsky; our country’s first woman in space, Dr. Roberta Bondar; Dr. Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario; and Dr. Michael Paterson, Research Scientist at the Experimental Lakes Area. A truly passionate discussion about caring for the environment with a focus on some amazing projects underway to help build a more sustainable future. A heartfelt thank you to all of our participants.
Every time I participate in similar panel discussions, I always leave inspired. I like to be challenged, to get new ideas and perspectives and to meet like-minded Canadians who also care for the environment as much as I do is deeply motivating. We all have an urge to act and my biggest take away from our conversation is how we must do it now – speak up about our concerns for the future of our planet any chance you get and every small act leads to bigger change.
On Tuesday, we were honoured to be named by Corporate Knights as one of the 2017 Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada for the 11th consecutive year. This recognition is validation for our team that we are on the right track and are doing the right thing – congratulations to our team who works so hard on innovating every day.
On Wednesday, we made a commitment to one of our long time partners, Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), to provide them with the funding and technology they need over the next three years to continue protecting Canada’s landscapes and species-at-risk in all 10 provinces. Take a look at this video to learn more about the conservation efforts of NCC and how technology is making a huge impact.
On Thursday, we announced the new name for our home in Toronto. When we opened it in 2010, it was the first office building in the city to be built to LEED Gold standards. In an effort to align all of our property names with our connection to nature and sustainability commitment, our building in Toronto is now be known as TELUS Harbour, as voted on by our team members.
We revealed the new name at a team member event in our newly renovated reception and hosting space on the third floor which now more beautifully reflects our love of nature and will be a welcoming place to accommodate our community partners, to whom we regularly donate the space for events.
Adopting sustainable practices at TELUS started many years ago. It’s something that we always felt was the right thing to do; it’s a part of our DNA. Today, we are guided by our sustainability vision: Inspired by nature, creating a healthier, more sustainable future – because we know that the decisions we make today will result in a better tomorrow for our children and for generations to come, and it is our collective responsibility to do everything we can. We hope you’ll join us – tell us in the comments what you did to celebrate Canadian Environment Week.