Do you remember the expression that you should learn something new every day?
It is extremely relevant when it comes to understanding our environment and our health. The two are directly linked to one another. Over the past little while we have come to know that many of the things that we have been doing for decades could and have compromised the well being of our planet and our population.
We have learnt about Microwave ovens and their negative effects, plastics and the chemicals used in producing them, and more recently Bisphenol A has been in the news. There is still more information to come, but with that knowledge comes power. We cannot turn back the hands of time, and undo what has been done, but we can definitely be aware and stay informed about what might be impacting our well being. With this knowledge comes a great opportunity. The opportunity to act on what it is that we now know.
As a society it is our responsibility to do something with the knowledge that we gain. What can one person do? The answer is to take action, not political action, even better! We can use our buying power to send a message. Every dollar we spend is a vote. If we as a population increase the demand for sustainable and post consumer recycled goods, we are clearly stating that this is what we want. Canada has a great passion for the environment, which translates into good news for us, because as an ecologically minded population our children and our grandchildren will benefit from our forethought, and the preservation of this great nation on this great Earth.
I am reminded of this by John Wesley when I think about taking of our environment,
"Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can."