From My Perspective: Ed Thomas
By Ed Thomas, Managing Partner | Deloitte
Why This Place Matters
From vibrant cities to the towering Cascades and all the farms and rivers in between – this place is vast, diverse and abundant.
I grew up in the upper Midwest around the Great Lakes. From a young age, I’ve had a deep appreciation for access to mountains, clean water and fresh food. I’ve always been drawn to dramatic landscapes and places that inspired me to get outdoors to run, bike or fly-fish. The things I grew up loving there are the same things I have loved about the Pacific Northwest for the last 16 years.
I decided to be a part of Earth Day Northwest 2020 because of this place. Like so many others who have been drawn to the beauty of this landscape, I know that this is a truly special place that exists in a perilous time for the planet. More than ever, I know that it is time to take action.
My oldest daughter played a large role in my understanding of the issues facing us today. Her work at Wild Whatcom educating children on the natural world inspired some of the work I’ve done at The Seattle Foundation and IslandWood. Over the last several years I have gained a deeper understanding of climate change – specifically how it affects the most vulnerable members of our communities. This existential problem for humanity is all too relevant for the disadvantaged communities that are on the frontlines of climate change.
Now that I better understand it, I’m committed and engaged. I want to lean into it and face these issues head on in both my personal and work life. Earth Day Northwest 2020 is tackling some of the most difficult and relevant issues facing our region today and they have assembled an inspiring and upstanding group of people to lead their efforts. I am deeply grateful and excited to be a part of this Leadership Group and I look forward to what we will accomplish together in this region.
Owning Our Impact
At Deloitte, we want to make an impact that matters for our clients, employees and communities.
We are a professional services firm, and we look for ways to improve the human condition through that unique position. To achieve this, we must first consider the world in which we live and how our communities are impacted by various issues.
Earth Day Northwest 2020’s mission captures this spirit.
Action is the result of inspiration. I was first inspired by the beauty of this place and my daughter’s passion for change. In the same way, I hope our efforts and engagement through Earth Day Northwest 2020 will inspire our 1100 employees in this region and colleagues across the world to deepen their commitment and take action in their communities.