The environment is not going to pay you in dollars.
It is clear that jobs related to environmental protection is not as well-respected or well-recognized as other jobs are. We don’t make a lot of money, we are not flashy, and we are usually not working in public place or when people are around.
We know that the obscurity comes with the job. We know that surveying in the forest by ourselves is usually not the most glorious thing, we know that punching numbers away at a computer saving energy and resources is not the hottest job, we know that conducting research in a lab improving our understanding is the most fun, and we know that wastewater treatments are always away from residential areas.
But we are not seeking credits for what we do. We do it because we love it and we believe in it. We know that people expect services from us and depend on us even when they don’t know it. Clean beach, clean water, clean air, preserved natural habitats, electricity, resources for the next generation.
Rather, we want people to cooperate and participate. We want them to actively improve their way of life to sustainability, we want them to join us to rethink what they can bring to the future, we want to challenge them to see a better tomorrow. One step at a time.
At the end, we know that it is not a job. It is a way of life.