I often find myself wondering if 1 person can make a difference when it comes to the environment. Yes this means I question if everything thing I have done and will do matters at all. If there are people who say 'fuck it' when it comes to the environment don't they just erase any good that I and others like me have done? Surely given the state of our world we are outnumbered. So why press on? Why continue to try?
I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do. ~Edward Everett Hale
1 person can make a difference, they just need to have a voice....an outlet to share their passion.Sure the fact that I compost is not going to save the world or solve our ever growing garbage problem. But if one person raises their hand and asks 'why don't we start a local composting program' or 'why don't we give away compost bins for home use' they can affect change in their local community. And as more communities catch on the momentum spreads and it becomes a movement....and all because someone asked 'what if'.
Bob Hunter was a true eco warrior who started out just like you and I. He found others who were like minded and together they started a small little movement called Greenpeace. Together they took The Power of 1 and affected change in a very big way. He started by spreading the truth about business practices, whaling, nuclear testing and seal hunts. He educated others in order to arm them with the knowledge and resources they would need to turn their Power of 1 into the Power of 100....the Power of 1000....the Power of 100,000.
Now I am no Bob Hunter but I still have a voice and my passion is clear. I am an educated consumer who shops locally as often as possible. I am aware of the impact our family has and am actively working to reduce that impact. I vote for a better Canada by always considering environmental policies, I strive to live by example and foster the same mentality within my son.
What can you do?
* Find your voice (if you haven't already).
* Look for what ignites that passion inside of you and run with it.
* Examine your life and the impact you have and look for opportunities for improvement.
* Volunteer locally and connect with like minded individuals.
* Talk about your crunchiness! Don't hide it, don't shy away from it...embrace it.
* Know that you CAN make a difference....as 1, 1000 or 100,000
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