By Cori Nicole Wamsley Image courtesy of bossfight.co
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Our planet has a lot of problems, especially dealing with the environment.
And there are no simple solutions.
We can’t just flip a switch. We can’t just turn off a tap. These are incremental steps toward the greater good, but we all need to do it, and we need to be consistent.
And we have to change the way we think about our problems.
How did many of these issues start? Sadly, with the progress of the human race.
As we strove to improve our lives, to build bigger and better, to gain leisure time, we have taken from the environment. Space and resources have been sacrificed to give humans what we think we need.
Rethinking our needs, though, is how we have to fix the problem.
The Earth is a precious resource in itself, and we have to maintain a balance with what we take and what we give back to keep it thriving for generations to come.
Reuse of materials and water is one of the most basic ways to protect the planet we love. Recycling through your community or reuse of products within your own home can reduce the amount of resources we use.
Green architecture and gardening are also making great strides. Repurposing of buildings—old churches becoming restaurants or old factories becoming apartments—helps us use the space that we have already claimed in smarter ways. Creating new buildings that work with the environment by using renewable energy methods and only using local materials to reduce hauling exhaust also reduce the impact on our planet. Growing local vegetation in your flowerbeds prevents overuse of water, and it has a better chance of thriving, while a green roof on a building keeps heating and cooling costs down.
Many cities are becoming greener in the transportation sector, as well. Bicycle paths are more common than they were just a few years ago, with motorists eagerly exchanging their car keys for helmets to fit in a little more exercise. Your commute may take you down a different road, though. Especially in areas where biking could be difficult due to the terrain or the weather, public transportation—buses and trams—are gaining traction. Cutting use of gasoline by seeking out these alternatives to a single person per car will change our carbon output.
Working with and not against the environment is the key to a richer future. We each need to consider that we can make a difference if enough of us make changes.
Our abundance no longer lies in having the highest buildings, the biggest malls, the most clothing, or the fastest transportation. It lies in natural beauty. It lies in preservation and conservation. It lies in everything around us.
Protecting our planet is everyone’s duty, young or old, rich or poor, in every country. Our values have changed. We need to think outside the desire for material possessions for our planet to thrive for future generations.