Did you know that oopoomoo is a member of REAP, a non-profit organization of local businesses committed to making ethical business decisions and operating in environmentally sustainable ways? The photo industry is not exactly known for being a visionary when it comes to conservation, moderation and reducing impact so it’s important that we all use our skills as photographers — and businessmen — to set an example and share what we value. As nature photographers, we value nature. We try to reduce the impact of our work by investing in wind power for our home, recycling like crazies, and refraining from buying the latest and greatest gear that is released. (That last one can be hard.) We also shoot a whole lot locally so we can bike or walk to photo shoots. We base our workshops out of sustainable lodges where possible and reduce out impact by treading lightly where ever we go.
As a way to showcase the great things that local, conscientious businesses are doing, and to prove that the profitable way forward is to work within a community context, REAP is having a little competition where you can vote on your favourite local business. Be sure to peruse the REAP members listings…I’m sure if you live in the Calgary area, you’ll see some familiar faces! Take a little time to share your opinion by voting for your favourite (here’s our link, hint hint) and share with friends.
Tell us what you do to make this world a better place!