Interview 5

Jun 23, 2021 5:45 PM
Submitted By
Ashley Rose Pacek
Property 4
Property 5

Who Did You Interview?

  • Fellow ecoCaledon Volunteer

Demographics That Might Provide Helpful Context for Their Responses

  • Age 42
  • Lives in semi-rural area
  • Stay at home mom
  • Has two children

Key Findings from the Interview

  • What does sustainability mean to you?

“Sustainability to me, means: living within the limits of our one planet - not taking more than I can give back."

  • When it comes to sustainability what do you care most about?

“I care most about making it as easy and as fun as possible for people to change their behaviours in order to lead lives that are better for themselves and for the planet."

  • What are they currently doing in their homes and in society to be sustainable?

“There are the small behaviours like - not idling, using reusable bags and coffee mugs, not running water, unplugging chargers, composting, recycling...these have all become second nature.

Then there are the actions/behaviours that require a bigger commitment, either financially or time wise. For example, switching to an electric vehicle, supporting regenerative agriculture by having a CSA share, or volunteering my time to build awareness and empower other individuals to take action."

  • What would they like to be able to do to be more sustainable?

Make Change with your Money

How you choose to invest can help fight climate change.

Many banks and investment firms offer different options to help you divest from fossil fuels and other activities that contribute to climate change.

Consider your Energy Choices

For many of us, the biggest portion of our carbon footprint comes from the fuels we burn to drive our cars, heat our homes and power our appliances. As repairs arise, I will consider more energy efficient options as well as, how I might be able to convert to more renewable forms of energy (i.e. geothermal and solar)."

  • Do you have any reservations / concerns about sustainability?

“I have a few concerns or maybe challenges about sustainability…

Getting people to understand the relationship between nature, human health and a healthy economy. When we do things that are better for the planet, we are actually doing something that is better for us. The second is that changing behaviour is not easy. Finding ways to engage more people in behaviour change is always a challenge."

  • Are you more likely to choose businesses that are more sustainable than its competitors?

“Always, that is something that I try to do on a daily basis."