Many of us look forward to the start of a new year with hope and anticipation. We resolve to make changes, learn from our mistakes and do things better. In 2018 Wear Your Wisdom will focus on the environment, namely our oceans. The environment has always been a concern but now, more than ever I feel it desperately needs our support and attention. The way we take this this planet for granted is frightening. Where do we think we can go after we have destroyed planet Earth? What makes the most sense to me is that we take care of the home we have now. This is a big part of mindful living. Therefore, starting in 2018 we will contribute to the protection and conservation of our world’s oceans through Oceana.
Sadly, the priority of capitalism is to make money, usually with little regard for the environment . . . it’s not as profitable! The human appetite for consumerism is insatiable and we live in a society that has come to expect convenience. This convenience comes at a price. One of the most obvious offenders is plastic. It is convenient and cheap but lasts for hundreds of years. Much of the plastic produced is used once and tossed away. Think of plastic beverage bottles, plastic bags, plastic cutlery. Obviously, not all plastic makes it to the recycling depot and we are fooling ourselves if we think that once recycled it magically disappears.
Reducing is a start, but choosing alternatives that are biodegradable, reusable or completely recyclable like glass, stainless steel, paper and cloth will make the biggest impact. It takes a some effort, it is definitely not as convenient, but it will be so worth it in the long run.
If we can resolve to be more mindful and inspire others to do the same, collectively we will make a difference. We have to start thinking of ourselves as stewards of planet earth for the sake of future generations.
Next time I will share some simple lifestyle changes I have made that are more mindful of the environment.
Happy New Year!