Happy Father’s Day! For us at bambeco, a holiday like Father’s Day is a unique opportunity to think about the way in which our actions impact the planet and how that will affect the next generation. We work for the next generation, hopefully to leave behind a legacy of recovery and sustainability that helps prepare them for the future and for preserving the planet for as long as possible.
We talked to three dads within the bambeco family about how being a father changed the way they view the environment and why they do the work they do. What we found was a very common theme.
A bambeco customer, Rick said that being a dad puts things in a new perspective that is less selfish.
“I no longer look at things as just in my lifetime,” he explained. “I think about my children’s lifetimes. Instead of looking 30 or 50 years down the road, I start looking 100 years down the road.”
John, from our partner organization Chesapeake Bay Foundation, echoed Rick’s sentiments and explained that he does his best to expose his kids to things that will encourage them to live sustainably.
“I pay attention more to everything I do,” John said. “The greatest thing you can do for your kids is give them the experiences in the outdoors that help them become responsible, conscientious adults.
Finally, our Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Sander Eth explained the moment of epiphany that comes with being a dad.
“When you become a parent, it’s no longer just you. It doesn’t end with you anymore,” he said. “It’s not just your world anymore, we can only do so much to this planet we’re on without destroying it.”
And so these dads, like millions of others, are dedicated to repairing the damage that’s been done by living more sustainably and working towards long term solutions.
Regardless of whether you are a parent or not, John summed up the most common sentiment for the next generation:
“I hope my kids have a better environment than I’ve had.”