Rui Motty; AASO and priority to life!
Associação de Apoio à Sustentabilidade da Óptica (AASO) was officially born in September. However, the life of this organization, composed of organizations and restless people, was already “on the streets” long before, among words, meetings, ideas and a lot of energy. The “father” of the concept was the optometrist and businessman Rui Motty, who decided to invest his thoughts and heart in a mission that today must be seen as a struggle for the survival of the planet and all the life it contains. he was joined by people close to the sector, with whom he shared the impetus and captured new “missionaries.” Millioneyes is also part of this premise, that we must fulfill our quota for the whole to survive and we proudly remain in the historical record of this new optics episode, as founders. In this edition we give voice to the project's mentor, the man who inspires generations in the sector and who will remain in the records for his restlessness and dynamism.
How does the impetus to assume such an altruistic mission as the creation of this “idea” arise?
Altruism is a genuine characteristic, a way of being whose orientation is dedicated to sharing and helping each other. Sustainability is but an offshoot of this altruism.
What do you hope the AASO will achieve?
The group that helped make the idea viable, with the aim of maintaining life, hopes that AASO will have a long and successful life. By this, I mean that we hope to ensure compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the agenda of the United Nations. Import the general concepts of the SDGs and adapt them to the reality of our sector, in a simple and practical way.
Do you want to launch premises for us to be more sustainable as optical professionals, in addition to joining AASO?
The founders of AASO, 11 organizations from the optics ecosystem and 20 individuals from different sectors of society, have a common iron will to succeed in spreading this message: the environmental emergency requires immediate intervention, now, now. There are many small gestures that can make a difference. Controlling water consumption, redirecting waste from lens cutting, reducing the waste of merchandising material, finding a “clean graveyard” for the end of life of glasses and contact lenses, among others. Does this not strike you as a community battle for humanity? Is this not an argument that justifies the existence of the AASO and adherence to the project?
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