Jung, Greenwash and Sustainability
Gotta love Twitter some times, and last night I saw this wonderful quote attributed to Carl Jung:*
“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.”
This is extremely important in Sustainability, particularly amongst leaders, as talk without action is greenwash. It will breed cynicism and destroy trust. ‘Doing’ sets apart the real Sustainability leaders from those who just preach.
But I’d like to paraphrase it slightly:
“You are what you stop doing, not what you say you’ll stop doing.”
We will never get to Sustainability (or remotely close) if we don’t stop doing the unsustainable stuff. Business as usual plus some sustainable pet projects is not sustainable. Creative destruction is an essential part of the the equation and shows true leadership.
*as always I’ve tried to verify this quote, but couldn’t find either a source, or for that matter a take down.