Okay, this event here seems a bit weird. So gimme a mo' to get my head around it. Back in a sec'. Just wait there. Oh, okay, quite simple actually: work outside for an hour. Hey, hang on, hang on, hang on. Work outside? How you expect me to work outside? I need, like, my phone and computer - like the one I'm using! Chris, dude, you got a mobile phone, you know? As for your computer, ever heard of a laptop? Ever heard of a charger? Duh, personality number 2, there's no plug outside. Oh, wait, you mean... Oh, okay.
Right. Now we've sorted that out, let's investigate. 'Work With Nature' entails substituting your indoor workspace for the outdoors - 'green-desking' (my contribution to the English dictionary). Individually or collectively, doing so wherever you please (except tram tracks). Park, beach, riverbank, mountaintop, choosing the most convenient location. Then embarking, setting up, to complete your regular work duties. With fundraising, also an option. Yeah I know, relocating to the front yard ain't even practical. However, in the pursuit of KO'ing climate change, finding a way to make this happen.
The objective of The Nature Conservancy's (TNC) Work with Nature campaign, to reconnect with the great outdoors. Whilst some of us are already alfresco freaks, some of us more confined. Four walls, air vent, never finding the time. By reuniting us with our natural environment, Work With Nature helps dismantle this disconnect. Reawakening our zest for the outdoors, whilst gaining from the physical benefits. Most importantly however, inspiring our sense of environmental stewardship.
I'd be remiss however, if I didn't mention the pièce de résistance. That of TNC's aptly titled 'Work With Nature Event', April 21st at City Square. Ditch the desk, give your boss the bird, and migrate over for an hour. Come on down and join a like-minded community. As you complete your work from the quiet spaces provided, or take the opportunity to chill - ping pong, giveaways (limited stock), or even plant a tree. Also in attendance, landscaper/TV presenter Dale Vine, and cycling champ Jess Douglas.
Sounds like a great idea. Not sure I could convince them at work though. Maybe I could tee up a site visit. I managed one last week, site inspection of a heritage trestle bridge at a magnificent beach. It's tought, but someone has to do it.