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The Environment: Not Just Our Responsibility But Our Obligation

The Environment: Not Just Our Responsibility But Our Obligation

I really believe that for the most part, the majority of people are concerned about the environment. I think we probably do a pretty good job of recycling our garbage, trying to use environmentally friendly products and even possibly making purchase decisions based on their environmental impact.

But are we really making the hard choices that are needed to truly have an impact and actually leave the world in better shape for future generations?

There’s a quote from David Suzuki;

“The human brain now holds the key to our future. We have to recall the image of the planet from outer space: a single entity in which air, water, and continents are interconnected. That is our home.”

To me, I found this quote quite interesting. 

I agree with David Suzuki and believe that until all of us view the world as our single shared home and recognize the fact that the decisions we make impacts not only others in the world today but also future generations, we will not make the difficult decisions in order to leave a healthy planet for future generations.

So, what can we do?

To start, I think we need to adjust our thinking. 

We need to continually remind ourselves that we don’t own the earth, nor does the earth owe us anything.  We need to remember that we have a responsibility to nurture, care and leave the planet in better shape than we received it. 

This is not just our responsibility – it is our obligation.

Environmentally, we need to view the earth as a single shared home that has no borders rather than as single countries.  We need to recognize and respect the rippling impact that an environmental situation in one country has on the rest of the world.

We also need to demand more of our leaders – be they business or political.  We need to speak loudly with both our dollars and our votes to ensure that environmental issues and solutions are seen as a priority and not just a sideline focus.

These are just a couple of ideas to get us started.  What do you think?   Do you have any suggestions?

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.