What is an Environmentalist?

Environmentalist /inˌvīrənˈmen(t)ələst/: a person who is concerned with or advocates the protection of the environment.

I identify as an environmentalist because after witnessing a sunset at the Grand Canyon, it gave new meaning to the color orange. I identify as an environmentalist because the sweetest dessert I’ve ever eaten is a freshly picked mango during the Miami summertime. I identify as an environmentalist because after visiting the Amazon in Brazil, Pico Bonito in Honduras, and the Everglades in South Florida, it seems “forest” has more than one definition. All of these only-explained-through-nature phenomenon are the reason why I choose to stand with thousands of other people around the globe pledging their support for the planet on the UN’s World Environment Day, June 4, 2018.

In today’s fast paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day work routine of responding to emails, jumping on conference calls, and making sure our phones are fully charged, without stopping to recognize the world around us. However, it’s important to remember that no matter the act, big or small, we can help make a tangible impact on our carbon footprint. Remember that by bringing a reusable coffee mug to work, you’re helping to make a dent in the 500 billion disposable cups consumed each year. If you request no straw with your drink next time you’re out to dinner, you’re helping cut back the more than 500 million plastic straws disposed of every day. If you fill up your reusable water bottle at work, instead buying one, you’re helping reduce the 50 billion water bottles purchased and thrown away by Americans each year. By taking an active stance in the fight to save our planet, by reducing, reusing, and recycling, we’re preserving the world’s beauty and resources for generations to come, while improving our lives today.

As a part of the Burson Cohn & Wolfe family, I’m proud to acknowledge our company’s dedication to sustainable and environmental practices throughout our global network. Employees are encouraged to bring reusable coffee mugs and water bottles to work, look for opportunities to recycle or upcycle our computer paper, and promote educational opportunities to teach colleagues about reducing their carbon footprint. On this World Environment Day, Burson Cohn & Wolfe employees, along with the United Nations, asks you, if you can’t reuse it, refuse it! That way we can all contribute to reaching the goal of a plastic-free world.

So, I ask, what makes you identify as an environmentalist?

-Kelsey Flitter