World Environment Day 2016

BY Vicky du Toit

Consider the word "wild" and what it means to you.  Thoughts that come to mind might include natural, native, fierce, untouched.  The Oxford defines wild as the following:

"(Of an animal or plant) living or growing in the natural environment; not domesticated or cultivated."

As human civilisation has evolved, we have forgotten our dependence on the natural environment, and in the current day the human race is faced with serious problems such as climate change, the depletion of natural resources and the extinction of wildlife.  Still the scale tips in favour of convenience, power and greed.

It is so easy to overcomplicate the concept of sustainable living, yet the answer lies in keeping it simple.  Changing our mindsets.  Embracing our wild nature.

Key Elements in Changing Your Mindset:

Knowledge - what is known, cannot be unknown.  Research current environmental developments.  Follow relevant institutions on social media.  The more you are exposed to environmental news and motivational messages, the more aware you will be of your every day actions.

Commitment - set goals and objectives for yourself, or your company.  Consider the simple steps you can take to reduce your environmental footprint.  Recycle your waste, reduce your usage of water and electricity, buy local produce, support environmental causes.

Positivity - humans instinctively resist change, but change is needed to save our planet.  Instead of complaining about inconvenience, consider that every action has an environmental impact - make yours positive.

 May 25, 2016
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