My sister told me to watch the animation ‘Coco’ on @disneyplus. And I’ll be honest, the idea of the Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) kind of had me shook, initially. I am so glad I watched it. It is so incredible. That culture, the ofrenda is so incredible. I only know now what it means because I took the time to understand it. There is a line in there which says,
“…when there is no one left in the living world who remembers you, you disappear. We call it the final death.”
It made me think about what happens when we don’t equate entire cultures to their own sustainability in the mainstream living spaces. When we create a false idea of who is the teacher and who is the pupil. We slowly erase the contribution those cultures have made to sustainability, until we only remember what we declared. That a certain part of the world teaches another part of the world how to be sustainable. We didn’t create regenerative, circular economy or intersectionality from our own minds. We just get to wear the winners sash because we are the loudest, biggest and most ‘powerful’.
I am really passionate about cultural and global sustainability as you might have realised. My mission statement, my calling, is to really help people connect the dots between themselves, their culture and sustainability as a global conversation. To question, always, who is the teacher? Who is the pupil? I think about this a lot recently as a new mum. I have much to teach my son, but I have as much to learn from him too. Me not being aware of that fact hurts the two of us.
I have some exciting work coming out over the next few weeks including projects with some powerful intersectional environmentalists and @RedCarpetGreenDress. Work that looks at language, culture and global sustainability. Just remember, you heard it here first.