The Day Job

I’ve never been much of an environmentalist. Sure, I’m concerned about the environment, making sure the world is a good place for future generations to enjoy, but I never made a conscious effort to do anything about it.

Then I was promoted to an Environmental position in my company. I have no training in it. I have a History degree, people! Yet, I’m the person in charge of making sure my company adheres to all federal and state environmental laws when it comes to water, air, hazardous waste, and non-hazardous waste.

Probably the scariest thing I’ve heard is how things were done in the 70s. When they talk about it, I plug my ears and go “lalalalalala”. My job puts me in a constant battle against production. Just like with the safety department who fights against unsafe practices for the sake of getting a job done faster, I have to fight to make sure we’re not putting the environment at risk.

Needless to say I’m not a very popular person at work. People tend to look at me with suspicion when I arrive at a facility with camera in hand. I’m asked constantly what I’m doing there. Things have gotten better, but challenges still come from administration about why we have to do things this way, or why we have to do things that way.

Am I gung-ho about the environment? Not really. I’m not fanatic about it, but the Earth is ours to protect and nurture for generations to come. It’s our responsibility to do what we can to make sure they have a safe place to live.

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About danicaavet

Danica Avet lives and writes in the wilds of South Louisiana. Unmarried with no children, she's the proud pet of two cats and a dog. With a BA in History, she decided there were enough fry cooks in the world and tried her hand at writing. Danica loves losing herself in the antics of her characters and blushes more often than not at the things they do. She likes to define her work as paranormal romance with a touch of Cajun spice, but most times her characters turn the notch up to "five-alarm fire"!
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7 Responses to The Day Job

  1. I can appreciate where you’re coming from, Danica.We can all ‘do our part’, but how much can we do, really? We can TRY; we can feel better about ourselves and maybe, just maybe, do a litlle. However, we all know what industry has already put into the environment and how much more is going in.Even with Federal rgulations, abuses are rampant , espcially in Third World countries and I actually shudder to hear what is going on continually in China.
    I do not envy your position, my dear.But try to keep your people on the striaght and narrow. Who knows? In some small way you may be keeping something from getting away that people don’t even know the full impact of…yet. I applaud your efforts.

    • danicaavet says:

      Thanks. I like to think I’m making my coworkers more conscious of what they’re doing and when someone calls me to tell me of something they see that looks suspicious, it makes me feel all warm and toasty inside. :)

  2. jeff salter says:

    I don’t have a thick-enough skin to do your current job.
    You should get double-pay for such work.

  3. Micki Gibson says:

    You are doing a thankless job, but I’m going to thank you anyhow. I agree with Jeff that you should get double-pay. It’s the least I can do.

  4. I love that you are the watchdog at your job. I bet they promoted you because they knew if you enjoyed reading all that history (which I love, too) that you’d be good at reading all that legal junk. LOL!

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