“I used to think we could solve environmental crises…. by throwing enough good science at the problem.
I was wrong.
The primary threat isn’t pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, or habitat destruction.
It is selfishness, greed, and apathy.
We need a spiritual and cultural transformation to deal with that.”
So said James Gustave (Gus) Speth, Environmental Advisor to US Presidents Carter and Clinton.
These words resonate deeply with me, and it is with them in mind that I introduce this new focus for Spiritus.
In coming months I am going to introduce to you people who are creating, and living with, the resources we will need if this transformation is to become a reality and if we are to return to the natural state of balance in our world, where we live without any form of extraction of irreplaceable materials from the earth’s crust.
The first of these people are the Gilmore family who deliciously describe themselves as “Nett CO2 taker-outers while living a simple, inspiring and luxurious life.”
Some years ago Brian Gilmore made the decision to take stock of his carbon footprint. He wanted to make amends for years of mindlessly using up resources; he wanted to create a system where he and his family could live in balance – and he wanted to continue to do the things that mattered to him, including meeting with far-flung family and enjoying ski-ing holidays.
Currently the Gilmore family, and Brian’s business, take out 4.6 tonnes of CO2 more than they generate each year.
We talked about how he brought this to pass in this recorded conversation.
You can see his progress in this meticulous record he has kept over the last 3 years.
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About Brian Gilmore
Mermoz Ltd. was created by Brian Gilmore in July 2000. We provide transformational coaching. We have some of the most highly trained and practised coaches in the world. We operate in 9 countries around the world.
We coach human beings from diverse backgrounds, business sectors and levels. They happen to be main board directors of large international companies; CFO, COO, MD, customer service directors, general managers of sites accountable for the performance of upwards of 10,000 people; doctors; NHS trust managers; small & medium-sized business owners; pilots; long-haul cabin crew; VP of marketing for banks; heads of marketing for worldwide credit card companies; operations managers; psychologists; charity board members; charity workers; mothers, maids, musicians, published authors. etc – people from a huge number of nationalities, ethnic backgrounds, religions and socio-economic groups. We see people as human beings first – without labels. We deal with their humanness. That is why we are successful and why the coaching transcends all imagined barriers – cultural, socio-economic etc.
We make a profound difference and have fun. We make something else possible for people and organisations.
We’re not perfect – we make errors too. We clean them up when we make them.
The employees of Mermoz more than match their paid work with unpaid work – another way we contribute to humanity. We are on track to have provided £1,750,000 of unpaid transformational work to individuals, families and organisations by the end of March 2014. We are also nett CO2 ‘taker-outers.’ We take more CO2 out of the atmosphere every year in our business operations than we put in. We are an ethical business.
To hear what people say about what we provide follow this link
You can find Mermoz on Twitter @gilmoremermoz