Awareness without action isn’t enough
“We all need to be intentional about what we can do in our little spaces to catalyze change.” — Oluwaseyi Moejoh, 20, Nigeria (pg. 34 in OH-Wake)
Acknowledging that there’s a problem is always the first step toward progress, but the state of our planet demands more from each of us. That’s why HP continues to expand our commitments to climate action, human rights and digital equity. We know we can’t expect plastic waste to go away if we don’t invest in removing it from our own supply chain and reinvent how we make products, like the world’s first PC made with ocean-bound plastics. Just like we can’t count on progress and innovation in the tech industry if we aren’t willing to play an active role in educating the next generation. Learning about the work of these Ocean Heroes was a testament to the amazing progress that happens when we make a conscious decision to act.
This year, especially, I’ve seen this play out in my work and my life. When my team saw a challenge, like the hardships remote learning presented, they knew our technology and print capabilities offered solutions. Immediately, we came together — virtually, of course — to build an entirely new program called HP Turn to Learn, a partnership with leading scientific, publishing and media companies that launched just about a month after lockdowns hit the US. Printed copies of OH-Wake are now being distributed to teachers, students and youth organizations nationwide through Turn to Learn.
Creativity and collaboration are our most important tools for change
“I used to make projects out of plastics. I made a blue whale model with repurposed plastic.” — Dejea Lyons, 18, Cayman Islands (pg. 25 in OH-Wake)
This magazine alone is an astonishing work of creativity, but beyond that, every story inside is yet another reminder that when we think big and work together, our impact can multiply. In any sustainable impact initiative, there’s a constant trade-off and balance between what’s needed today and what will be needed tomorrow. None of us has all the answers, but every one of us has something to contribute.