(Photo credit for image 1: Reuters/Marko Djurica)
Even though the issues facing our environment and ultimately our health and wellbeing can be vast and sometimes overwhelming, there is hope: Your choices DO make a difference. It’s up to you to decide if your decisions will contribute to image 1 or help conserve image 2.
Below are some ideas to help you make better choices for yourself, your legacy, and yes—YOUR environment!
Your decisions make a difference. Even if it’s deciding to use a reusable or a disposable cup, your choices add up and compound with the actions of those around you (just look at image 1). Don’t forget that your decisions influence others’ decisions too, whether you may know it or not.
It may not be easy, but rarely the things most worth doing are. This might be contacting a business or political leader about an environmental issue, cleaning up your neighborhood park, simply choosing to use or not use a product, or even talking to those around you about how their decisions can help or hurt.
Us humans have an innate understanding of what is good and what isn’t. It might be looking at the images above and knowing that image 2 is good, or understanding that a decision we made that benefits us but hurts someone else isn’t. Integrity, ethics, and personal responsibility are qualities we all have within us and it’s up to us to let them lead in our lives or not.
Being a reliable advocate requires having a deeper-than-surface-level understanding, including how your cause is perceived by others and why. Digging into these details—which can require challenging our own beliefs—creates an empathetic perspective that allows us to make better-informed decisions and ultimately have more impactful conversations with others that can lead to change.
In today’s increasingly complex world where new discoveries and technologies are being made every day, staying “down to earth” is getting more and more difficult. And as our minds float in the virtual clouds, we tend to forget about all the magnificent cogs in place that make it possible for us to even exist on this marvelous planet. Let’s make sure that as society progresses, we remain humble and push each other to do what we can to protect and enhance this beautiful and fragile home of ours.
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