For as long as I can remember, I have always been in my element when in nature. Whether playing on the family farms in Ireland during summer holidays, going on long dog walks along the rugged and windy coast of Devon or the beautiful countryside where I grew up in England, and more recently skiing or hiking in the stunning mountains of Switzerland, where I lived for almost 10 years.
Nature has always been the place that manages to calm me, enables me to appreciate life, and gives me a gentle dose of perspective; the fact that I am but a mere minuscule speck, in the briefest of moments in the long history of our planet. For me this is comforting, as when I am stressed by the typical things that life throws at us privately and professionally, I am reminded that these things have little or no impact on the grand scale.
However, there is a problem in this way of thinking, and it is harming exactly the nature that I love so dearly. Every day we make choices which affect the wider world, in the food that we eat, the way we travel, the products we buy etc. Currently the large majority of us, myself included, all too often take the easy route of cynically claiming our little selves have no impact in the wider scheme of things. But thats of course not true, and we know it! We all use energy, create rubbish, cause demand for certain products and hand over our hard earn cash for such things.
What we choose to do has consequences
no doubt about it!
By taking ownership, and considering these consequences on wider society, we can absolutely be part of positive change for a more sustainable future. Quite frankly that prospect fills me with delight, especially in our media age of doom and gloom!
I want in! So today, 1st October 2019, is the day I start my quest of environmental and social self-improvement. Better Me Green begins!