Day 1. - Evaluate Your Life...All Eyes on You!
Summary: Set aside some time to evaluate how you are currently living and what type of footprint these decisions make...Tread Lightly. Read More
You've heard it before, "Itís not what you say, but what you do".
Those who cross your path will determine who you are in their usually brief, rarely extended encounter and in that time you will be judged, whether or not fairly and/or accurately. In that passing moment can you influence others to consider changes in their lives simply by observing you? Most likely not, but if they keep encountering those who do live eco-consciously, over time this exposure may actually produce a positive influence.
Begin by taking a look around your home and how much stuff you have accumulated. Look at your clothes, shoes and other closet or garage items. Browse through cupboards and notice extra dishes never used, the food you purchase, your car and how often you use it. Consider your habits, what you buy, how often and from where they come from. Observe how eco-friendly your friends, your associates, job, and places where you do business are.
If you do not have the mindset to consistently question how to continually become more in sync with your existence and lessen your impact (your footprint), then you will not be able to reduce your purchases to be more in line with what you actually need. As awareness of the real issues force people to deal with the climate change creeping into our daily lives, those who abuse their privilege of enjoying our Earth will increasingly be shunned. The lifestyles of most Americans today, determined by marketers with no regard to preservation of our air, land or water, will have to be adjusted. Sacrifices will need to be made to compensate for our not having paid enough attention to sustaining this planet up to this point...or we leave a grim scenario for the not-so-distant future.
Those who do not follow an eco-friendly lifestyle do not intend to do harm as a result of their actions, but in most cases are just less informed. Just as a dog instinctively does not defecate where it sleeps, no sane person is going to poison himself or herself. But they are --- and not just themselves -- they are affecting you and your future. It is through our own actions that we need to make those less aware people become more aware of the negative consequences of their behavior.
Those who actively ignore the problems we face degrade our environment harming themselves and you. The ice caps of our Earth are melting at an alarming rate, and we are making the problem worse, we must change our ways. The logical place to begin is to recognize when personal actions are not in line with sustainability and then actually make adjustments. This will make the fastest positive impact possible.