Over the recent past I've heard too many tales of turmoil in the workplace, for people trying to improve the status quo. It seems a lot of folks are reluctant to speak out about environmental issues, these days, for fear of repercussions in the workplace due to a lack of openness among their colleagues or on the part of management and administrative folks. But they may be justified.
In one case I shared in an e-mail to John, someone familiar to friends who works for a state agency wrote a book that promotes sustainable practices - which should be applauded. Unfortunately; it created problems for this person instead - where they were accused of being critical of common practices and attempting to compete for a better job - which I am told was untrue in both cases.
Even though this person's main aim was to create a thought-provoking work which might influence future planners, or awaken a few people to a better way, it was perceived as an attack against the department. So I am inclined to bring up in this forum the question "How can people safely champion efforts to help the environment or evolve improved sustainable practices, when even purely academic efforts may be seen as a possible threat to the system which sustains people?" There are of course many other aspects to this matter, all of which should be tossed around - in my opinion.
How much responsibility does one have, for example, when carefully thought-out plans are made and approved - but what is done does not match what was specified or intended? Let me just say that I happen to know the soil scientist who spec'ed out the Great Lawn in Central Park saw too many corners cut for his comfort. And I know he left that job, not long after. So how well-situated and determined must one be, before one becomes willing to speak up for environmentally sound and sustainable practices? Or must one instead be independent of organizations, as I am?
I'd like to hear people's thoughts on this. To some extent, these kinds of questions have deterred my more ardent participation in this forum - as I've encountered too many 'horror stories' when talking with people about Environmental issues, and the Azimuth project.
All the best,