With the start of the New Year, often comes a renewed commitment to “change”. Changes I have proclaimed in the past have often been related to exercise, diet, staying more connected with friends and family, learning a new language or how to play my dusty guitar, being consistent with my business communications, learn more about marketing, daily yoga (a dream), read more inspirational books, or curb my habit for run-on sentences :)…
This year, I’d love to accomplish ALL of those! In reality, I see that some “changes” will happen over a lifetime by changing what I choose to do each day.
One change that I have made and continue to strive towards, is to educate myself on what I can do in big or small ways to help make a difference in our environment. The more I’ve learned (which is still a small drop in an enormous bucket of information) the more I’m motivated to make changes in my own habits.
Last year, I was stunned and somehow enlightened by an experience at one of my son’s school events. I volunteer at school as a classroom helper as well as helping with the recycling program. I’ve had lots of interaction with the students that range in grades from K to 6th. As a whole, the students are extremely polite and respectful…but, I was shocked to see their expressions change at our Fall Carnival when I started managing the trash.
I’d set up recycle cans around the carnival area, but realized that many cans and bottles were still ending up in the regular trash so I started walking around with bag in hand reminding students and adults to put their bottles and cans in the proper receptacles. I also offered to add their can/bottle to my recycle bag if they were finished.
The once “respectful” responses and looks from the students transitioned into looks of disgust that were sometimes followed by indignant remarks like “I’m not done with mine yet, come back”. How curious….I was (and am) the exact same person I was seconds before I’d touched the trash, but once I had touched things others had discarded, there seemed to be an automatic loss of respect?
I wasn’t upset with the students…just baffled. Didn’t they understand that it’s their world too? If I don’t pick it up and they don’t pick it up or sort it properly, it’s going to blow to the sewer drains and end up in our oceans, litter our streets, or stay in the regular trash and end up in a landfill and not decompose.
Boy, if there ever was a moment when I thought “we need a change”, this was it! We’ve all heard it LOTS in politics, but I’m voting for having our earth’s future be the focus of this mantra!
We, as adults, need to “Be The Change” that will inspire our children to take pride in taking care of our world! It’s not someone else’s job to tend the trash in our world…it’s our world and our trash and I believe we CAN make difference as soon as we change how we view our part it the cycle.
I realize that talking about trash is about as popular as discussing sniffles…but, oh well :). Gotta do what you believe in and baby steps count :)!
Here are a few video links in a variety of styles offering very similar information. I’d love it if you’d pick the style that suits you best and have a view :).
A Musical version…
A Story for ALL ages..and boy what a perspective it offers…
Documentary – “Tapped” (trailer)
Here’s to making a positive change for our earth, our children and their children…and their’s…..
Thanks for reading,