Size...Does It Matter?
My philosophy is that one person can change the world. Being honest with myself, I gotta ask: Is this a realistic expectation?
From what I know, have read, seen, and heard, there are two general sides to this:
One person cannot change the world. The change must start with the largest companies, and the wealthiest people on the planet. If it doesn't, then it is impossible for one person to have a big enough impact to feasibly change the world by themselves. They simply do not have the power, money, time, resources, and knowledge to pull off global change.
One person can change the world. No matter how much wealth and power is held by the few, one person can have a large enough effect in the space they inhabit to create and inspire change simply by their actions, their message, and the people who are inspired by them.
Dare I say both of these are correct?
The biggest companies and the wealthiest people have access to everything they need to create global change. And they do have an impact on the planet, however, the changes they make are usually not positive or perhaps even sensible for the future of the planet and humanity. The only aspect they consider is whether or not it results in a profit for them, or their stakeholders.
This doesn't mean that all big companies and wealthy people do not facilitate positive change. Some do. But not enough given the circumstances we face.
Without all—if not most—of the world's top tier people acknowledging the problem with our treatment of the earth, and them taking drastic action in every nook and cranny of this tiny planet to halt and hopefully reverse the damage, we humans will soon trash our world to the point where it's no longer inhabitable.
But what about you or me? What can we do, if these big entities and people are not doing anything? We are only individuals, and it's too overwhelming and impossible to really think we can make a difference. Right?
No matter what our situation is, who we are, where we are, or anything at all about us, we can make a positive impact.
Those big companies and wealthy people, they rely on us to purchase and use the goods and services they produce. They rely on us to work in their companies, service their vehicles, build their buildings, eat their food, use their products, and so much more. Without us, these companies wouldn't exist.
We suck up all that we are given, regardless of the effect it has, instead of demanding what we want and should have. We have the power. We can change the world. Each and every one of us.
Fighting from the bottom can make a difference, but we need everyone, on every level, to pitch in. Without the top, middle, and bottom working together, chances are slim that the destruction we have caused can be stopped.
Right now, all over the planet:
- water is being polluted
- toxicity is spreading throughout the food chain
- pollution is causing air to be unbreathable
- forests are being cleared for farming and human civilizations
- animals are going extinct faster than you and I can fathom as a result of human actions
- light pollution is drowning out the night sky and causing problems in nature
- trash is spreading faster and farther than anyone can handle
- tropical rain forests filled with endangered and undiscovered species, are being cleared to make way for your junk food, produce, and meat
- month after month, year after year, record-breaking, human-induced global warming is causing ice all over the world to melt faster and farther in the summer, while not recovering in the winter, causing the seas to rise, and the weather to bring a 500-year storm every couple of months killing and displacing people in every walk of life
Right now, you are reading this. But it is the next moments that are crucial. We must all choose to take a stand and change our habits.
What will you do?
Rethink. Reduce. Reuse. Repair. Recycle