PUT YOUR $$$ WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS:
We've all heard a version of this saying, but the gist is, you are NOT as good as your word. The real mark of who a person is through their ACTIONS. If you say, for example, "It's so great that there are these small, local businesses that are ethical and trying to make a difference," and then go buy stuff from Walmart, justifying it with the popular phrase, "It's too expensive," then who you really are versus what you say you are is very mismatched.
I say all this not to lecture, merely to educate, to take our immediate gratification brains one step further into the future to examine our world. Our choices, big and small, shape our world; and the small choices, the ones viewed by the masses as irrelevant and thankless are furthest from. Those little choices are the ones that truly make changes.
Walking the beach is a daily nature sanity outlet for myself and as I walk, I undoubtedly see trash. Not tons, but enough for it to be irksome. Enough to remind me there is a floating pile of it somewhere just out of my vision scope, out at sea. It amazes me how few people stoop over and pick up that listless, floating debris. So, I always do, and without fail, I am always watched as if awestruck. I hope something so small registers because, with each small act, changes to our world can be made.
List of the little things you can do to promote change in the great big world...
-Pick up trash (how hard is it to carry over to a bin, really?)
-RECYCLE as much as you can. You would be surprised all the things that can be recycled. Click this link to learn more.
*Fun fact: The EPA estimates that 75% of the American waste stream is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it. (Link to learn more landfill/recycling facts to horrify you)
-Bring your own bags when you go shopping. It sounds obvious, but the amount of plastic bags I still see in use is astounding. We have enough, we don't need companies making more!
-Save Energy, the manufacturing of plastic creates waste in our atmosphere. Don't buy plastic wrapped products, make sure wrappers are recyclable/biodegradable or buy items in the Bulk section (again using your own reusable bags)
-Turn off lights and power down electronics when not in use (all these things are emitting energy, a thing you may not be able to see but that does affect everyone's health)
-Shop local, ethical, fair trade, zero waste companies (put it this way, if you wouldn't want to work there, DON'T shop there! Don't pour money into bad business)
--If you are going to eat meat/seafood products make sure they are 100% organic, grass-fed (for meat) and eco-friendly, wild-caught, low-mercury levels (for fish).
-If you think ethical companies are too expensive but less, more quality products
-Watch the system change from your "little" choices!
Don't be lazy, convenience is what got us into this mess. Those little things you choose to put your energy into are what define you and show what you truly care about. If you need a selfish incentive, consider for a moment a Earth without oxygen (completely toxic air), a water system with more poison in it than minerals, soil depleted from unethical/toxic chemicals used or created from conventional farming; and walking by skyscrapers of trash because we no longer have anywhere to put it that's "out of sight."
It sounds sci-fi I know, but this time is approaching faster than you might think.
AND WE HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE IT!
over & out. ANgr