As you read this post, thousands of people worldwide are mounting their hoverboards racing to see who can break the most limbs before bursting into flames. We think of these McFly wannabes and are reminded of just how innovative and technologically advanced our global society has become. Yet even while on the cusp of self-driving cars and self-lacing shoes, our modern civilization has not managed to stop harming the earth. From the greenhouse gases polluting the atmosphere to the microplastics killing aquatic life in the oceans, we as humans seem almost programmed to harm the environment. This is not how it has to be.
As individuals, we have the power of choice. We can choose between ways of living that are in line with the positive health of our planet. Yet often so many people selfishly ignore the simple actions they could take to decrease their impact on the earth. We buy millions of bottles of water a year because they are “more pure.” However, we don’t think of the millions of barrels of oil required for their production or the countless toxins being released into the environment as the bottles break down. How “pure” can this water be?
It does not just stop with the choices we make as consumers. Our biggest detraction from the planet’s health has to be our sources of energy. Together, fossil fuels account for over 84% of our world’s energy source. We have the technology available, it is just a matter of people putting actions into place to get wind, solar, and hydroelectric power into the nations of the world. It is a matter of choice. Do we want a future to get back to? We have the power to change the world one initiative at a time.