We often look to government to create change. Back in the days of kings and queens, creating change was a simple as waving your scepter. Today, we still have many governments that lead toward Zero Waste through top-down programs. The European Union has numerous high-level initiatives to reduce waste, recover high levels of recyclable and compostable materials, redesign products without the use of toxic materials, and foster a transition toward a circular economy. But here in the U.S., the larger environmental movement has been about creating change from the ground up—citizens rallying together and working with government to enact programs, policies and infrastructure.
As an individual, or even as a local government official, you may not have the singular power to change the world, but groups of individuals do. Groups are a stronger reflection of the community’s interests and have more power to collaborate with public officials and staff. Plus, groups help you maintain momentum when you hit bumps in the road. And, to be the most successful, you need a community group, working in partnership with local government.