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Since my early childhood spent in India, nature and wildlife have held a dear place in my heart. My father, who worked as a professor of zoology and holds a doctorate in bee conservation, instilled these interests in me. When I was growing up, I had the opportunity to live on farmland with fields of sugar cane and rice. We had many pets including dogs, fish, birds, squirrels, mongooses, rabbits and cats at various times. During the summers, we would often go to Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in India to get involved in wildlife conservation projects. I have always been amazed by my father’s passion for bee talk. He used to get calls from local villagers to transfer swarms of wild bees to suitable hives. And he immediately got ready with his apiary equipment and his mask.
After moving to the United States, I continued to pursue my interests in nature, biodiversity, and conservation. In 2019, I moved to Colorado. And the first thing I fell in love with about this state was the abundance of nature, including the mountains and the rich presence of wild plants and animals. Always a keen traveler, the photo above was taken by me while on a game drive and game drive at the Kariega Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape in South Africa.
A green future is a prosperous future
Shortly after moving, I heard about our Cisco Green Team Network (CGTN), an employee resource organization (ERO) that envisions a more environmentally friendly business and world. CGTN empowers team members to drive social and environmental change at work and at home. Together with my colleague Ed Hilquist, who shares an equal passion for sustainability and the environment, we formed the Green Team Chapter for Colorado. Our chapter includes a growing team of 35 Cisco employees who share a common passion for saving the planet.
“There are no passengers on spacecraft Earth. We are all crew members. –Marshall McLuhan
Climate change is real. And we are already seeing the effects of these devastating changes. Doing what we can to protect nature today means a better planet for future generations. In September 2021, Cisco Colorado’s Green Team volunteered in the Copper Mountains and promoted local biodiversity by helping collect wildflower seeds.
In April 2022, the Cisco Colorado Green Team volunteered at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge to build trails and construct picnic tables and benches. This refuge is one of the largest urban refuges in the country. It is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of hectic city life where time flows to the rhythm of nature.
Our Green Team has a variety of interests including getting involved in beekeeping to support existing beekeepers, maintaining trails, planting trees, collecting wildflower seeds, cleaning facilities, building fences , building habitats, conserving endangered birds and promoting biodiversity.
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” –Arthur Ashe
In addition to participating in in-person volunteer events, there are many other ways to promote sustainability. Below are some of the ways I promote sustainability.
Earth Hour – An hour for the Earth and for us. Every year at 8:30 p.m. on the last Saturday in March, supporters from over 190 countries and territories come together to take action and raise awareness of the issues facing our only home by turning off non-essential electric lights for one hour starting at 8: 30 to 9:30 p.m. in their local time.
Earth Day – An annual event celebrated on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. This year, the GES Core Area Green Team hosted a sustainable cooking event where we made plant-based lasagna.
Life is a matter of choice. And for example, I avoid plastic bags when shopping and use tote bags. Every little change is a big success.
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” – Mohamed Ali
The Cisco Colorado Green Team is very grateful to have Kelly Jones, SVP and Global Head of Talent Solutions, who actively participates and helps promote the various events as an executive sponsor. Kelly said, “Having 10 paid days a year to volunteer and give back to our communities is one way we are fulfilling Cisco’s goal of creating an inclusive future for all. Personally, I use these days for environmental impact, focusing on the health of the planet.
At Cisco, employees are encouraged to give back to their global and local communities through our Time2Give initiative. Who doesn’t like working for a company that gives its employees the time and space to follow their passion?
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