Ecozome Journal is the creation of Creative Director Jen Pennington and Photographer Robert J. Pennington. As a means to document various aspects of sustainability, industry and the environment, this op-ed journal provides a showcase of great photography and a wide assortment of stories by various writers. Sometimes it’s about business, cars and technology, and other times it’s purely about bringing artwork back into essays, or mixing prose with powerful imagery. Many of the images can be found in their stock collection at www.RhizomeImages.com. If there is something that catches your eye, please feel free to contact the editor at: ezeditor(at)ecozome(dot)com.
Ecozome Journal is also proud to partner with writers, business people and sustainability leaders through the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability or NBIS for short. NBIS, is the northwest nonprofit that delivers expertise, education, and networking opportunities to business professionals who are leading their companies and communities toward profitable sustainability. NBIS members are companies, organizations and individuals committed to aligning their business practices with the values that sustain prosperous companies, thriving ecosystems and valued quality of life.
By Emily Corey
As children, we learn to mix yellow and blue to make green. As the colors merge before our eyes, we are astonished at the transformation. And so it is with the green movement today. While we maybe easily overwhelmed by the enormity of the global problems facing us, in the simple mixing of small ideas and quiet actions, a greener planet can be reborn.
The Ecozome Journal is a gathering of those smaller, quieter actions that contribute to our daily transformation. Imagine it. Change implemented by the good deeds of ordinary people. Hardly a new concept, but a concept whose time has come on the heels of great concern that our time on earth is fleeting if we don’t do things differently. Now.
And nothing will speed up that process faster than people from all walks of life putting out an effort. But is it really an effort or is it just the day-to-day workings of regular life, wrapped around new intentions like a birthday present? Perhaps it’s really that simple. And just like the old saying, “Many hands make light work,” the success of the green movement lies in the power of single-handed deeds.
Is it about choice or necessity? Depending on whom you talk to there might be some wiggle room for doubt, but most level-headed thinkers agree the earth is heating up. While it’s awkward to be a naysayer and an optimist at the same time, opting out for Chicken Little crying the sky is falling and then doing nothing renders us like deer in a headlight. The human fingerprint on climate change seems pretty clear and we don’t need CSI to track down the unsavory details of the crime scene. Instead, we’ve been given the gift of early warning and, like a tornado siren on a Kansas plain, the alert tells us we have somewhere to go. And something to do when we get there.
We have choices. All of us. The contributors to Ecozome Journal are clear-headed about that decision. Small actions. Quiet deeds. Mixed together they make green. Just like it did when we were young and blue and yellow paint transformed into something new and wonderful. Right before our very eyes.