April 17, 2017 – 6 min. read
Earth. The third planet from the sun, it is unlike any other terrestrial planet in our solar system in that it is mostly covered in water. Observed from space, astronauts always look back in awe. Many have stated that the experience had a profound impact on them. Astronaut Ron Garan described it this way: “When we look down at the earth from space, we see this amazing, indescribably beautiful planet. It looks like a living, breathing organism. But it also, at the same time, looks extremely fragile.”
On Earth Day we are reminded of the fragility of our planet and the need to be good stewards of her splendor. We asked PRA Health Sciences employees how they are environmentally conscious. What does Earth Day mean to them? How do they honor our planet?
We were inspired by the many ways our more than 13,000 employees around the globe are stepping up in their respective communities. We also asked them to share photographs of some of their favorite places on Earth.
This week, we’re running a short series, showcasing the stories and photos they shared. Today, meet 9 employees who are going the extra steps to incorporate environmental awareness into their daily life. Check back on Wednesday when we’ll travel the world to discover more!
Most of us here have permanent cubicles in which we can keep cups and mugs. I think it would be great to encourage everyone to do this instead of using a cup out of the break room once and then throwing it away. There definitely is a time and place for using them, especially for visitors. But I think overall usage could be diminished quite a bit. I take mine home every week to wash, but for people that don’t want to do that, go to a sink here and clean them out. Amanda Lindstrom, RN, BSN, Safety Data Coordinator II, Lenexa, Kansas
We live near a lake with a greenway around it, and try to teach our children about respecting nature. We have adopted a family motto of “don’t be a critter and pick up your litter.” It is not uncommon during our family walks to find one of our three little ones picking up trash and saying “look mom someone was being a critter.” Cassandra Cranston, Product Specialist, Raleigh, North Carolina
Every year we grow vegetables; it’s a family activity! Not only does it provide fresh and tasty veggies all summer long, but it also teaches my kids the origin of our food and the importance of all the elements. It takes a little bit of effort and time, but it is so rewarding! Annie Venne, MSc., Laval, Quebec, Canada
This winter, in order to support birds to and awaken nature within my young kids (1.5 and 4 years), we created some fat balls! Good activities for long winter, giving kids a fun way to participate in caring for their environment! Marion Hébert, Contract Manager, Clinical Site Contracts, EAPA, Levallois-Perret, France
Almost 1 year ago, we decided to live by the zero waste concept. We are still in the learning process but we have already significantly reduced our waste and have already found alternatives for almost everything. Also, as we live in the city, we almost never use our car, but we try to do everything by bike. We have 3 kids, and therefore we have a croozer to carry them. We also use this croozer to do the shopping. Stéphanie Hoornaert, Clinical Team Manager, Belgium
Here are my ways to maintain the environment. Though there are lot more, I just want to mention the important ones: 1. I usually keep a carry bag in my bike. I use this bag for purchase of vegetables and groceries where the merchants will give plastic carry bag if I don’t have a bag with me. So this bags saves me from using plastic carry bags. 2. I switch off the lights, fans and ACs when not in use both in my home as well as office. 3. I never let the tap drip water due to not closing properly. Even if there is a problem with the tap, I make sure that the tap is fixed and give high priority for it. 4. I make sure that toilet’s half flush and full flush works properly. Because full flush utilizes so much of water. Raja Mohan, Software Engineer, Information Technology, India
Although I do have my automobile, I prefer to ride on my bicycle. I prefer to commute to PRA Seoul Office with my bike. It helps me to maintain health as T1 Diabetic, relieves me from the stresses, and makes me participate one small part to save the earth. The photo is from my 2 day weekend bike trip to Gangwon-do Province. Gangwon-do Province includes the Taebaek-SanMaek (Tabaek Mountains), the Back bone of Korea. The place where the photo is taken is one of the most beautiful mountain in South Korea. Mt. Seorak. Especially “Han-Gye Ryeong Pass”. On its 30km ascent to top, the scenery combined by the rocks, trees, streams makes you feel you’re deep in the nature and can feel the true beauty of Earth. I’m proud to take part, small part by cycling, in saving our environment and Earth. Dennis Kim, In-House Clinical Research Associate, M.Sc., Korea
I live in Virginia Beach, VA, where the Atlantic Ocean meet the Chesapeake Bay – it is pretty wonderfulJ. There are a number of little ways that my family tries to be responsible near-water residents like promptly picking up our dog’s feces and collecting any trash we find on the beaches/inlets. Recently I’ve also picked up on spreading the word about helium balloons; encouraging friends and family to just not purchase them (given that helium is a limited resource) and if so, to ensure they are not released! Attached are photos of a boat trip to an uninhabited island off of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Within about a one mile walk I picked up the remains of about 10 balloons! I would love to spread the word within the company! Kirby Query, Clinical Research Associate, Virginia
My daughter, age 12, has a shop on Etsy (online marketplace/paper friendly) where she sells handmade wish bracelets using 100% natural hemp thread and reusable charms. The wish bracelet gets tied to wrist with a wish made and then naturally wears off and falls away. The chart is reusable for other uses and the thread is 100% bio-degradable. What is unique about her shop is that she sets all her designs in 100% handmade wildflowers seed cardstock. These can be planted by her customers to grow flowers. Her choice of seed paper is quite expensive and takes away her margins but she looks at the benefits it gives to nature. She uses a handmade Lotka paper that is made in the highlands of Nepal by rural craftspeople in an environmentally friendly process with 50% recycled content. The raw materials for the paper is the Daphne bush. It is farmed and harvested from 3-4 year old plants that are cut down and stripped of their bark. The plant is not destroyed when cut, it regenerates from root. The water used in this paper production is reclaimed and reused. The whole process is not only earth-friendly but provides a large community with a healthy enterprise. She aims 13% of her profits to donate to non-profit initiatives. Especially countries on the globe that are in immense need for help. The odd 13% number is the age that she turns into and is expected to grow each year. Neelam Samant, IT PMO Operations, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania