Who would have thought that taking the first step would be such a challenge? For every single stimulating vision…I have two more nagging reasons why it is not worth the effort. We have all heard them…”it’s a dumb idea”, “somebody has already done this”, “no one is going to read it anyway”. The list of negative internal objections is endless, but what I have come to realize is that people want to inherently do good by one another and do good by our natural world. I will say that while change is not easy, I’ve also observed that we are quick to take advantage of doing the right thing when someone raises their hand with a clear solution.
So what is the purpose of this blog?… It is to raise my hand with a solution. To compile the hard work of others to provide proactive solutions around ways to reduce the negative impact that our day-to-day lives have on our natural environment. I truly believe that social media has provided us with the opportunity to initiate change by raising a unified voice. It is a platform where we can universally thank companies for being environmental stewards while spotlighting companies who seem to sweep their responsibility under the rug.
To bring my opening blog full circle, my intent is not to fight for living off the grid with zero environmental impact (although hats off to you if you can make it work), my goal is to provide some “food-for-thought” around ways in which we can reduce our personal day-to-day impact, and spotlight those organizations who are making a conscious effort to be environmental stewards. Through my weekly blog, I hope to provide insightful content outlining ways in which I try to reduce my footprint within an urban community (Washington DC / Northern VA) and the lessons I have learned along the way. While tailored to the area I live in, I plan to do the research necessary to make it as applicable as possible across the country.
We are the future leaders of this world, let’s come together to preserve the beauty of our natural world for generations to come!